5 month old Thumbsucker!!

Nette - posted on 10/22/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )




I have a 5 month old baby boy and he's starting to suck his thumb. Ive tried giving him the pacifier, and he'll take that on occasion( or not at all).I have considered that maybe it's just " the baby thing" sucking reflex sort of thing. i just do not want this to become a habit that will be hard to break as he gets older. Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated I'm trying to keep him away from this habit dearly.


Alice - posted on 10/24/2010




My baby sucks her thumb (started around 5 months too) and I'd much rather her suck her thumb than a binky (it can't get lost lol! - I lose everything).
Seriously though, I understand the not wanting it to be a big-kid problem. I've read that it's normal (most babies start sucking their thumbs in utero) and if you don't make fun of it and just let it pass, it will just pass away whenever he doesn't want to do it anymore. My oldest daughter does occasionally suck her thumb at night; but my 5 and 3 year olds (they sucked two middle fingers) quit by themselves early on. When my oldest was about 2, we had to rely on my in laws to watch them, and my father in law used to make a big deal of her thumb sucking... odd, because since the others weren't made fun of, they stopped sucking but she hasn't - certainly seems to back all the psychology stuff I've read.

Sarh - posted on 10/23/2010




Sherry, my little brother was born w/hickeys on his arms and hands from sucking on them while still in the womb! It's amazing how babies find their own way to self soothe even before they are born! :)

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My baby girl has sucked her thumb since she was born. It's the only thing she can do to soothe herself. I think its cute. She will take a pacifier at times, but usually spits it out and sucks her thumb. Doc says that its fine. She'll grow out of it. So, if your baby boy finds comfort in it...let him do it.

Jenni - posted on 10/23/2010




I have a 5 month old thumb sucker too. I found it to be a blessing! She rejected the paci completely once she found it at 2 months. Now she drifts off to sleep all on her own, peacefully... with little more than a whimper before she gets in her mouth.
85% of children will give up the thumb by age 4. 95% by age 5. Those who suck on it beyond age 6 risk dental issues...but chances are your son will give it up long before then.
Besides I don't think you could stop him anyways. ;)

Aicha - posted on 10/23/2010




I would let him suck his thumb all my children when they were little sucked their thumbs my 2 older ones quit when they were about 18 months old my youngest is 12 and 1/2 months old she still sucks her thumb and it is ok


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Nette - posted on 05/07/2013




Ok now to update.. He is going on 3 years old next week and still SUCKS his thumb.. I'm thinking should I try to wean him off...His pediatrician told me "good luck" as to say that this would be difficult to do...Any Suggestions?????

Jenna - posted on 10/25/2010




My 5 month old daughter does that!!..she started with a pacifier but didn't want it after about 2 months of age. She does it when she gets tired and wants to go to sleep or when she's mad. I've read a lot of books and stuff on the internet that say it's fine. It's better to let them keep doing then to try to stop them from doing it at such a young age. I say, let them do it as long as they're not goin to kinder with their thumb in their mouths...we got a couple years to go..haha

Lauren - posted on 10/25/2010




I read somewhere that at that age it shouldn't be considered a problem. They often suck their fingers when teething at that stage.

Heather - posted on 10/23/2010




I would just let him do it. It helps sooth them, plus he's probably teething, in which case EVERYTHING is going to go into his mouth.

Sherry - posted on 10/23/2010




My little guy is almost 16 months and has sucked his thumb since day 1 and even before that,he was born with sores on both hands just below the thumb. He would never take a soother. I dont have a problem with it yet and it helps to soothe him so I dont think it is a big deal.

Melissa - posted on 10/23/2010




I agree thumb is prob better than a paci. as far as dental and speech wise.....I do wish my son would find his thumb at night but my son uses a paci to go to sleep, he doesnt need it when he is awake but when he wants to go to sleep he has to have it. it prob will be a hard habit to break but we are weaning him from it in baby steps. You almost cant control the thumb thing thats why I personaly think it will also be a hard habit to break but if it is something you really dont want him to do, maybe try just taking it out of his mouth everytime he puts it in and he will eventually get the point.

Sarh - posted on 10/22/2010




Why are you trying to give him a pacifier?! It is sooooo hard to break babies, children, kids from and it can cause problems w/speech and their teeth! My son is a thumb sucker and has been doing so since about 2 months old. There frankly is no way to stop him from sucking his thumb this early. If he does suck his thumb through infancy and into toddler hood, he will quickly not suck his thumb during the day. Babies/children w/pacifiers use them constantly. My son would take a binky rarely until he found his thumb. I allow him to suck on his thumb because, it wont get lost like a binky, he can always find it, he sleeps through the night possibly due to sucking his thumb, and it is his way of calming himself (which they need to be able to do) and it is his comfort zone.
Don't get me wrong, this is my personal opinion.

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