When it comes to losing your baby teeth, it pays to have parents with star power. According to BabyCenter.com's celeb blogging trio, Moms and the City, Molly Ringwald's tooth fairy shells out $5 per tooth. Although Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott haven't had a visit from the tooth fairy yet, it looks like the going rate could be up to $5 at their house, too. That's what Dean left for his son from his first marriage, Jack. Former Real Housewife of New York City Bethenny Frankel plans on giving her beloved Bryn a whopping $10 bucks a tooth.
A particularly generous tooth fairy paid a visit to Heidi Klum and Seal's daughter Leni and left $20 bucks in her fairy trail. That's 20 times what average moms pay to celebrate their child's memorable molar moments, according to a new survey released by BabyCenter.com on the cost of raising a child. The model mom of four says, "I didn't know because I didn't have a tooth fairy and I wasn't going to call anyone and say, 'How much do you put under the pillow?'" she says. "So we put $20 bills. I just heard that was a lot. What am I doing? I don't know!"
The majority of the more than 600 moms surveyed by BabyCenter said the tooth fairy pays $1 per tooth in their house. Just 19 percent of moms said they pay more than $2 a tooth. Two percent of BabyCenter tooth fairies shower their gappy-grinned kids with gifts instead of cash.
One BabyCenter mom recounts a surprising childhood gift from the tooth fairy: "My grandma was my tooth fairy, and she gave me Slim Jims when I lost my two front teeth," she says. "I'm planning on leaving my child a lottery ticket." Another BabyCenter mom said she's planning on leaving a letter from the tooth fairy reminding her son to "brush his teeth, and do it well!"
Many moms want to teach their child the value of money. One BabyCenter mom wrote, "My kids are overwhelmed when they're given $20 for their birthday. I can't imagine what it would be like if the tooth fairy did the same." Plus, she crunched the numbers on how much she would spend for all three children's baby teeth if she paid $20 for the first tooth and $5 for subsequent teeth. "That money would go a long way toward a family vacation in our house," she says.
Some celebs know the value of a dollar - a silver dollar, that is. Just ask former supermodel turned maternal-health advocate Christy Turlington. "We do silver dollars because that's what we did when I was a kid," she says. "It's something special."