I did an initial post for Baby Banana Brush just a couple weeks ago. Baby Banana Brush was a mom created product that happened after a scary incident with a regular toothbrush. She shares her story with us here:
The Baby Banana Brush Story:
A few years ago, my two-year-old grandson tripped and fell on his toothbrush as he was trying to brush his teeth. The traditional hard plastic toothbrush punctured the roof of his mouth and came within centimeters of entering his brain. As a mother of 8, I knew that this all-to-common occurrence of babies falling on hard toothbrushes should be preventable, but how? As these questions were on my mind, I discussed them with my daughter-in-law, who is a dental hygienist and with her insight the idea for a flexible infant toothbrush was born.
She taught me about the safety specifications we would need, such as a slight “C” shape to our brush. We brainstormed about ideas of fun things that might fit that “C” shape and came up with the Banana! I had some experience from previous products my company was developing with plastics and other materials. I consulted with several engineers and determined that 100% medical grade silicone would be the best material to serve our “flexible” needs.Next, I went to Taiwan – the silicone capital of the world – in 2004. There I met with the company that would eventually become our manufacturer. We had our toothbrush FDA registered, patented and tested with private labs. We knew we had created something unique – a flexible toothbrush and teether in one – which did not exist in the market at that time.
We launched our product at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists Convention in Washington, D.C. May 2008. There was lots of excitement for the product at this convention, and we began selling our toothbrush in pediatric dental offices and baby boutique stores.
My own daughter is 20 months old. She’s to the point where she wants to do everything herself. I’ve watched her gag herself a number of times using her regular toddler toothbrush. She’ll run around with hers. I’m a worry wart parent and my big fear was her tripping with it in her mouth and it goes down her throat. Baby Banana Brush has several super cute and safer toothbrush and teether designs. There is, or course, the original Baby Banana Brush but they also have other cute designs like the Cornelius teether, Baby Banana Octo-brush, and Baby Banana Sharky Brush.
We got to test out one of these super cute and safer toothbrushes. We received the Cornelius Teether.
The Cornelius teether said it’s for infants 3-12 months. Since my daughter was 20 months, I wasn’t sure if she would get the benefits from it. She is still teething in the back. It seems she keeps getting more and more teeth popping through. I put some of her toddler training toothpaste on it. She seemed visually interested in it right off the bat. I told her it was a toothbrush and she new just what to do.
She enjoyed chewing on this. I think it did feel good on the areas where teeth are still coming in. For the amount of teeth she has though I still needed to use a regular toothbrush to give her teeth a good clean. I think this Cornelius style toothbrush would be better suited for younger babies with less teeth than my daughter has. Still, this seem to be her favorite toothbrush. She’s been carrying it around the house chewing on it. The soft design and wide handles makes me feel better about her running around with it compared to her regular toothbrush.
In case you’re wondering, Baby Banana Brush does have a toddler training toothbrush meant for babies over 12 months of age and the Sharky brush says it for up to 24 months.
You can find Baby Banana Brush here: