Ah, the ever-magical tooth fairy. Your kids will never forget the day they lose (and cash in on) their first tooth. That’s why we decided to check in with real moms around the U.S. to find out their tooth fairy traditions—like how much they pay. 

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Mom: Kristie

City/State: Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Kids’ Names/Ages: Harrington, 7; Kaydence, 5

Pay Per Tooth: $1 (10 to $20 for the for the first tooth lost)

Tooth Fairy Traditions: “In our house, we’re pretty basic. The kids put their tooth under the pillow and the fairy leaves money. That’s it. But the boy at their bus stop told my kids that the tooth fairy left him a remote control car for his first tooth lost and the two of them flipped a lid!”

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Mom: Allie

City/State: Miller Place, New York

Kids’ Names/Ages: Dylan, 7; Olivia, 6

Pay Per Tooth: The tooth fairy pays the same amount as the age they are when they lose the tooth. (For example, 7 years old = $7.)

Tooth Fairy Traditions: “We put the tooth under the pillow, of course. As for our pay scale, it seemed like a fun idea at first, but has started to get pricey with the rate my kids have been losing teeth.”

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Mom: Christina

City/State: Mooresville, North Carolina

Kid’s Name/Age: Chase, 7

Pay Per Tooth: $2 to $3 ($5 for the first one and $4 each for the four teeth that he needs extracted by a dentist this year—we call it the “bravery” bonus.)

Tooth Fairy Traditions: “For the most part, my son puts the tooth in a baggie under his pillow and the tooth fairy exchanges it for dollars. One time, I bought a couple of young reader books about losing teeth at a used book fair and put those under the pillow along with the cash. Another time, when he accidentally misplaced the tooth, he anxiously wrote a note to the tooth fairy explaining what happened. I hunted everywhere until I found the tooth, then wrote a special note back with the tooth enclosed.”

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Mom: Mary

City/State: New Canaan, Connecticut

Kid’s Name/Age: Katie, 6

Pay Per Tooth: $1 ($5 for the first tooth)

Tooth Fairy Traditions: “We have a mini case that she puts under her pillow that gets replaced with money while she is sleeping. For the first couple of teeth, Katie was very upset about the possibility of the tooth fairy taking the tooth away, so she wrote her a letter and asked her to please leave the tooth. The tooth fairy obliged. After the first tooth, she was totally at peace with the tooth fairy taking it.”

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Mom: Rachel

City/State: Los Angeles, California

Kids Names/Ages: Jackson, 9; Sawyer, 8; Ford, 4

Pay Per Tooth: $1

Tooth Fairy Traditions: “One time, the tooth fairy ‘forgot’ and we didn’t realize until our toddler came downstairs crying. We panicked and made up this whole elaborate story about how it was our fault because we didn’t call and leave her a message to tell her to come. He then asked how we got her phone number and I told him that they give you all the magical people’s numbers (Santa, the Easter Bunny, etc.) at the hospital when you have a baby. Years later, they all still believe this is real. They’ll lose a tooth and ask me six times if I’ve remembered to place a call and let her know it’s time to come.”

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Mom: Denise

City/State: Silver Spring, Maryland

Kid’s Name/Age: Claire, 6

Pay Per Tooth: $2

Tooth Fairy Traditions: “We bought a little pouch that I’m hoping we can use for each tooth. She lost her first—and only tooth so far—at school. They sent it home in a little tooth necklace. It was very cute.”

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