How much does the Tooth Fairy pay these days, anyway?

United States
January 28, 2009 9:14pm CST
My daughter has her very first loose tooth. Aside from being heartbroken at yet another sign of her growing up, I can't for the life of me figure out what the tooth fairy should leave her when the tooth finally falls out! When I was a kid, I got fifty cents for each tooth. But times, they have changed! What on earth do kids get these days when they lose a tooth? I don't want our tooth fairy to be the cheap one on the block, but I don't want her going overboard either. So I figured I'd try getting a consensus here. What do you give your kids?
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@Jae2619 (1484)
• United States
29 Jan 09
My son lost his first tooth in November. The tooth fairy left him a $1.25. Instead of letting him put it under the pillow (he's suck a roll aroung bed hog and such a light sleeper) i put his tooth in a small glass of water, and set is away from his bed. When the tooth fairy come she dusted him with a little bit of fairy dust (glitter)and then some around the cup of water... put the money in change in the water glass, and took the tooth. He woke up the next morning going crazy in such happiness about the tooth fairy coming at night. His expression was almost as good as waking up on Christmas morning after Santa comes...
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• United States
29 Jan 09
Such a cute and creative idea!
• United States
29 Jan 09
That's a really good idea! Kids love it when you make something a little more fun!
@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
29 Jan 09
I love the idea of the fairy dust!!!
@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
29 Jan 09
When i was young it was one dollar per tooth. Now my sister who is nine gets lots more. My step dad spoils her. He gives her ten dollars per tooth. I guess its not everyday they loose a tooth. I have an idea of my own though. Every time my son losses a tooth i will go up a dollar. So one dollar for one tooth. Two dollars for two teeth. Three for three and so on. I think it will get interesting as he gets older.
• United States
29 Jan 09
I wish I had gotten $10 per tooth. That's a lot for a little kid. Bet she's trying to get those teeth out!
@chileman (969)
• Australia
29 Jan 09
We have raised our reward for loosing a tooth although we have two sons who are just not into fairies (thank goodness lol) so we call him the Tooth Warrior and he leaves $1 for each tooth lost. If the boys have to go to the dentist to get a tooth pulled, no money is paid but we do let them choose for that night what take away/ fast food place they want to eat as a reward for letting the dentist stick those nasty needles in their mouth.
• United States
29 Jan 09
The tooth warrior huh. That's cool. I hope my two boys aren't into the tooth fairy either. Mind if I use that one
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
I think I'd give a dollar. It really depends on your financial status. I don't think 5 dollars is going overboard unless it'll hurt your budget. I say it's overboard if you can't afford to shell out that much money for all the teeth that fall out. Just computer how much in total you're willing to give. :) But a dollar should be okay. She wouldn't know. And I'm sure she'll treasure it forever!:)
@deanna2 (159)
• United States
30 Jan 09
i give my kids two dollars for a tooth like you said times are changing and a dollar does'nt reall buy anything now days
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
30 Jan 09
my son gets paid based on the size, his front ones were worth 5 bucks n the back n side ones range from 1-3 bucks.
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
29 Jan 09
I have no idea what the tooth fairy is handing out these days. You could try asking your little girl is she does. Cheers!!
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
29 Jan 09
When my son lost his first tooth my husband put $1 under his pillow. When my son woke up he came running into our bedroom holding up TWO $1 notes LOL hubby hadn't realised he put $2 instead of $1 LOL now my son expects $2 or more now LOL I was happy to just give him two quarters LOL
@laglen (19782)
• United States
29 Jan 09
I did dollar coins then her last one, even though she knew, I gave her $5. Its easier when they know, they hand you the tooth, you hand them the cash!
@mikkymyde (184)
• Nigeria
29 Jan 09
$1 is still ideal but it has to be in two 50cents because they appreciate coins more and will be happy they got two moneies for one tooth..lol
@GemmaR (8526)
29 Jan 09
I used to get £1 a tooth, but it is a fair time since I lost any (about 10 years since I lost my last one!) My younger brother lost his last one about three years ago, and he used to get £2 a tooth. I think £1 is about the right amount though. For the UK at least. Maybe $1 in the USA.. it's just right to leave one coin rather than a couple of coins.
@Amberina (1541)
• United States
29 Jan 09
I would give my kids a dollar I would either leave a nice crisp dollar or 4 shiny quarters.
@benhilo (871)
• Tripoli, Libya
29 Jan 09
Those gold dollars work for me. Or even those silver dollars if you are trying to encourage savings.
@josephb (219)
• Malta
29 Jan 09
When I was small my mum and dad which at that time I thought it was the fairy haha they gave me 1$ for each tooth XD
@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
29 Jan 09
Are little ones have been getting the gold dollars for theirs. Once a five but that's because it was eaten with a chicken nugget and she had to write a note.
@magnel (2263)
• India
29 Jan 09
I dont think there is anything called a tooth fairy, its only the parents and care takers give to the children when they loose their teeth. Its only a fairy tale that we have made for the children to believe. I would give them any amount that they are happy with, not forgetting the fact that they are not aware about the value of money at that small age.
@Jae2619 (1484)
• United States
29 Jan 09
Hi! My son who's 6 just lost his first tooth in November. The tooth fairy left him $1.25 in change. Instead of letting him put his tooth under his pillow, (he's such a bed hog who rolls alot, and is a light sleeper) we put his tooth in a small cup of water and set it away from his bed. After he went to sleep, the tooth fairy dusted him with a little bit of fairy dust (glitter) and then some around the cup, took his tooth and left his money in the bottom of the cup. He woke up the next morning going crazy with happiness about the tooth fairy coming to visit him. His facial expression was almost as good as seeing them on Christmas morning.
• Brazil
29 Jan 09
My mom is taking care of my older daughters, and she's been paying $5 for each tooth, i couldn't even afford that myself, but she just loves to spoil my daughters!
• United States
29 Jan 09
While in all honesy I don't really know since my odest is only 2. I am hoping actually to save money before they start losing them. There is a web site that I want to go to that sells kits I know fo rthe girls it ais a pretty little charm bracelet and for each tooth they lose you give them a new charm. It comes with like twelve charms I think and I plan to just buy any others elsewhere. It comes with a little certificate and a letter from the tooth fairy I think. It has been a while since I looked at it. I know they made one fo rboys too, but can't remember that part now.
@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
29 Jan 09
hello youngsweetheart how much does the tooth fairy pay these days? lol that is a very good question. when one of my boys looses one of their teeth, the tooth fairy usually leaves a couple of dollars under the pillow and sometimes depending on which tooth that they loose, the tooth fairy is generous and leaves them a five dollar bill. whoo hoo! what a nice tooth fairy, right? take care and have a beautiful evening.