Tooth Fairy

United States
April 1, 2007 9:22am CST
Hey just a question-how much do you put under your child's pillow from the tooth fairy when he or she loses a tooth? My son just lost a tooth last night (this is like his 5th or 6th.) I don't put very much under-only usually a dollar and a quarter or two. I have heard parents putting 10's and 20's! An then I have heard of kids only getting a dime or quarter. Just curious-to see if I am "underpaying" my son or doing about what others do.
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@dramaqn (1990)
• United States
1 Apr 07
I always based the amount on the childs age and how much I could spare. So much easier now with the Dollar stores. Heck I can remember once with my first child, I must been about 20-21, I didn't have anything extra and so I put a foodstamp under her pillow. She was little she didn't care, she knew she could get snacks with it. I just told her the ToothFairy was financially embaressed right now. Girl, give what you can, trust me they just care that soemthing is under there.
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• United States
1 Apr 07
trust me i can understand where you are coming from. i have been so broke that i told my kid one time the tooth fairy was so busy she will be here on friday. lucky my kid believed me.
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• United States
1 Apr 07
LOL those are cute stories. Well my son woke up and he had a dollar and a quarter and he was happy. So I am happy too!
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@Sarah1977 (496)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I always put 2 dollars along with a note from the toothfairy. The note is actually what they look forward to the most. I have been doing that since my oldest lost his first tooth. The "toothfairy" always explains in her notes which part of her castle their tooth will be used to build it (they believe that she builds her castle with all of the teeth that she gets). 10 or 20 dollars for a lost tooth is a little over the top, in my opinion. If I would have received that much when I was a kid, I would have been pulling my teeth out like crazy!
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• United States
3 Apr 07
No doubt I would be purposely get hit in the face if I was hurtin' fro cash. What a cute idea-the note idea. LOL so do you stash the teeth away in a secret spot?
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• United States
3 Apr 07
I keep all of their teeth in my filing cabinet, since I know they will never go in there. My 2 older sons already know that there is no such thing as the toothfairy, so they ask me every now and then if they can have their teeth back, but I always say no. God only knows what they would do with them!
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• United States
4 Apr 07
LOL I think our tooth fairy loses them somewhere in the house or maybe she really takes them with her!! Ha ha only because after the excitement of losing the tootha and then getting the moneyt is lost, the teeth sem to disappear too. The one my son just lost Saturday night is all ready in hiding. I should take a peak under the bed :)
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
2 Apr 07
We do not actually play the toothfairy game at our house - however, the children bring their tooth to me for inspection, and if it was a very well taken care of tooth I offer to buy it from them. it may be worth $1 or $1.50 if it is a bicuspid, if it is a molar in very good condition it may warrant up to $3. The teeth are kept for them to decide what they want to do with them when they are older.
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• United States
2 Apr 07
LOL that is a cute game to play! How old are your children? Well I cannot see our family changing the tradition though, since my son knows exactly what to expect when a tooth is lost. And my four year old is looking very much forward to losing her first tooth. :)
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
2 Apr 07
the youngest is 5 today.
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• United States
3 Apr 07
Well I hope he or she had a great day!
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@tad1fan (3373)
• Canada
3 Apr 07
I give them a dime per age....and that's all I'm saying!LOL
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• United States
3 Apr 07
LOL that works too-thanks :)
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@tad1fan (3373)
• Canada
3 Apr 07
You're welcome
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• United States
1 Apr 07
i put 1.00 under the pillow. the kids are ok with it. my oldest just sells me the teeth she is 12 and knows there is not a fairty that keeps teeth. she humors her sister though thank goodness. i remeber when i was little and all the kid talking about what they got i use to wish i was them. we got a nickle if someone remembered that we lost a tooth. all the other kids got was 25-50 cents.
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• United States
2 Apr 07
Yeah losing teeth when I was a kid wasn't much of a celebrated thing for us either. I think that is why I want to make sure it is a big deal with my kids. LOL I guess money inflation reflects even what the tooth fairy pays out huh?
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@Gumball (793)
• United States
2 Apr 07
The Toothfairy here left $5.00 for my daughter's first tooth but only because it had to be pulled by the dentist. The extra trauma made me dig out the bigger amount. Her front top & bottom teeth were coming in but from in behind the baby teeth instead of under them. Her baby tooth was still firmly in place while the new tooth was nearly halfway in, so I had the dentist remove the baby tooth so the new tooth could come in straight. All teeth after that one got between 50 cents and a dollar, depending on how much trouble it was to remove.
• United States
3 Apr 07
Well that makes sense, paying out alittle more for a traumatic experience. Luckily for me, all my son's teeth have been normal and natural to come out-my 4 year old has not lost any yet.
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• United States
1 Apr 07
My kids haven't lost any teeth yet, but my sister usually puts a few dollars under their pillow. I haven't heard of 10s and 20s, but I have heard of some people even giving little gifts instead of money. I think I will do the money thing, though...it's more traditional and that is how I was brought up. But, I--like you--will only give a couple of dollars and that's it. At this age, that's all they need. 10s are 20s are WAY excessive, in my opinion.
• United States
1 Apr 07
Yeah, I think that is taking an innocent child's activity and blowing it way out of proportion too. My kids have never even seen a 5 dollar bill under their pillow! Well my son woke up, and he is content with 1.25 he found...LOL So he is happy and that is all that matters!
• Singapore
1 Apr 07
Interesting, interesting. I have heard about tooth fairies but we don't do such things in Singapore. It is just not popular. Santa Claus might be a bit more popular but then again, we don't have chimneys here. :P So sorry, my friend, I don't know the market rate. :PP
• United States
1 Apr 07
LOL that is funny! Well, the tooth fairy is indeed an imaginary being, just like Santa Claus. She comes when children lose their teeth and bring money to them by placing it under their pillow while they are sleeping. LOL that's all I know of the legend. How or why she came to be is still a mystery :)