Brush With Jackson: App review: If you follow me on twitter, you may know that my youngest Miss A who is nearly 3 is a very strong-willed little girl. She is adorable and has a great sense of humour, we think she inherited that from Tall Dad. She is also fiercely independent, that may well be from me…oops!
The one thing as she has been growing up, that we have really struggled with, is this independence. We noticed when she was very young and cutting her first tooth and weaning. She would never let anyone feed her, or brush her teeth. Now luckily she very quickly picked up feeding herself. Friends couldn’t believe how dextrous she was. However brushing her teeth has continued to be an issue.
We have of course tried lots of different things, including sticker charts changing toothpaste and brushes to try and encourage her to let Tall Dad or myself brush her teeth. But she really seems to have an aversion to anyone coming near her mouth. Because of this there is a knock on, that its hard to get her to actually thoroughly brush them, and to do it for the full 2-3 minutes. So when I was invited to review the Brush with Jackson App, I literally jumped at the idea.
The App is available from itunes for £1.49 please click HERE for more details. It is available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users.
The concept is simple, Jackson Rabbit brushes his teeth alongside the child at the sink and it encourages them to brush for the recommended 2-3 minutes.
At first I let Miss A, use the app on my iPad, she loved it. She played with Jackson, using all of the functions. These include tickling him, making him wink, twitch his nose and talking to him so that Jackson Rabbit repeats back what you say.
So once she got the hang of this, we tried out Miss A and brushing her teeth alongside Jackson Rabbit.
Well it worked!
We have tested this out for 4 days now, and she brushes her teeth for the same amount of time that Jackson does, I am shocked! Now she still is very hesitant about letting us brush her teeth for her, but I’m really happy that she is brushing her teeth for a longer, and delighted she seems to be doing it more thoroughly.
As Jackson pauses and shifts to brushing his teeth in a different area, that is when we encourage her to do the same.
Here is a very short clip of her brushing her teeth. Apologies for how dark the clip is, she had just had a bath so her hair is wet too!
So in conclusion, from a family who needed a little help to get their little girl to brush her teeth for longer, and to help make it a positive experience we give it a big thumbs up. Thank you to Rosie’s Playtime (www.rosiesplaytime.com) the husband and wife team who have allowed me to review the app.
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