We broke the pacifier at 19 months, he was great for three weeks- then started with his thumb

Olivia - posted on 02/16/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )




Has anyone experienced breaking the pacifier habit only to start a thumbsucking habit? What should we do?


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Faye - posted on 02/17/2011




Does he suck the thumb only at bed time while hugging a stuffed animal or blanket? My daughter did this, (only she did not want pacifer to begin with), she would suck her thumb if she was sitting on the couch holding her blanket watching Thomas the Tank Engine, overtired or at regular bedtime. By the time we realized that she was only sucking her thumb while holding her blanket, she was almost 4. I washed the blanket one weekend and the dryer "ate" it, (the blanket went into storage) and within the week she had quit the thumb sucking.

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Yes, I also know all the "it's a comfort" things and such. However, I don't prescribe by it just as my parents didn't either. When one of my daughters did that we just removed her thumb every single time we saw it in her mouth. It took over 3-5 days but she eventually got tired of us removing it so she stopped putting it there.

Nellie - posted on 02/17/2011




so, whats the problem? its not hurting him, its helping him. kids who suck on thumbs have higher confidence and self sooting. i know of many kids who continued this all through elementry school and out of everyone they werethe best able to deal with stress and had the highest self confidence. i dont even understand the reasoning behind trying to get your child to stop. is it becuase it doesnt look good? thats a fairly small price to payfor having a high confidence and great selfsoothing child!

Louise - posted on 02/17/2011




Your child was not ready to give away his comforter and the best way would of been to let him keep the dummy until he felt confident enough to drop it. Now you have a problem because you can not take the thumb away. See if he will accept a dummy back but I thing the damage is done. He will in time stop sucking his thumb when he realises that boys don't tend to do this at playgroup but until then all you can do is keep removing it from his mouth.

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