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The Tooth Fairy is a Bit of a Lush


I was away for three nights on my first ‘girls’ holiday’ for eight years when my eldest’s first tooth fell out. I was gutted and the Tooth Fairy’s visit was delayed a night. When she did visit, she felt guilty to have missed this first milestone and pushed the boat out with a special handwritten scroll and a couple of quid.

Tooth fairy

For the second tooth, the Tooth Fairy only remembered after midnight and wasn’t particularly discreet and then for the third tooth, she did remember her visit and to leave the money late Saturday night (well after wine o’clock had started), but forgot to take the tooth away until her husband mentioned it. Luckily tooth number four fell out two days after number three so that went a little smoother.

I mentioned my rookie Tooth Fairy mistake on Facebook (the leaving the money but not taking the tooth episode) and it appears this fairy isn’t alone.

Tooth Fairy bloopers

“At least you realised, our tooth fairy came twice last time and then not until after breakfast this time. Although amazingly the £1 fell out of Jim’s* pyjamas!” 

“Tooth Fairies are delinquent – this is a fact

They are: 

1) forgetful 
2) inconsistent
3) confused about day and night
4) illiterate – especially when they have been drinking 

I have found that setting the children’s expectations very low about what, when and how this fairy operates has been a very good thing!!!”


“Jane’s* tooth came out at my parent’s house last night, whilst we were away….the tooth fairy (male aged 67ish) remembered at 4 a.m. but then dropped the tooth on the way out of the room for Jane to step on in the morning….!!! This was one out of practise tooth fairy.”


“Our tooth fairy has left a few notes explaining why she couldn’t come on a particular night (the one where it was raining too hard for her wings to fly created a lot of sympathy). Receiving the notes has been more exciting than the money!”


“Our tooth fairy was late when she was helping Father Christmas out….apparently they are related!”

I think children have fairly high expectations about the Tooth Fairy, but fairies have increasingly busy lives and have a lot on their plates. I think we should forgive them any little indiscretions and salute their quick, creative thinking.

By the way, Fairydoorz do some great items specifically for Tooth Fairies if you are going the whole hog.Tooth Fairy

Tooth fairy


About Author

I’m Fran: wife, mother-of-three and freelance publicist. My love for communicating and writing mirrors my passion for trying to be the best mum I can be. I love good food & wine, Italian culture and football and have a keen interest in personal finance. I also blog over on Epsom & Ewell Families and Habyts, and write sporadically for a number of other sites.


  1. James Sherron on

    Great article! I’ve had similar experiences with the Tooth Fairy at our house, and noticed other parents had similar issues. So I created the Tooth Fairy Alert app. You can report a lost tooth with your child, then follow a Bedtime Checklist to prepare for the magical visit. At night, the parent receives a reminder on their smartphone that the Tooth Fairy needs to visit. A built-in toothbrush timer lets the Tooth Fairy know when your kids brush for 2 minutes. And 10% of the profits help underserved kids receive dental care.

    • Hi James,
      This is such a great idea and with a charitable aspect! Thanks so much for sharing. So glad that I’m not alone in the inconsistent Tooth Fairy!

  2. This is a really cute idea. Had a similar situation with our kids the other day, and the tooth fairy had to leave a tenner to make up for it! Hopefully a precedent hasn’t been set for every other milk tooth.

    • It can be quite an expensive business. My daughter’s are coming out thick and fast. Plus I was told the molars command a greater amount!!

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