What do you do when your lil ones starts sucking his thumb after you have taken him off the pacy?

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Allie - posted on 10/11/2009

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My daughter has her blanket and bear. It is more of a distraction for her. It is rare that she sucks her thumb or her fingers. I would recommend giving him a security object such as a bear or some sort of toy.

Heather - posted on 10/11/2009

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How old is your baby? I tried to take the pacifier away at four months and my daughter wasn't having it. I just took it from her after she was asleep. She just stopped on her own at seven months. Right after she got her first teeth. I think that a lot of times the parent wants the child to stop crying so bad they don't realize that the child doesn't want the pacifier. I was afraid that I missed the window to get rid of the pacifier but I wasn't hers was just a little later than I expected.

Rianna - posted on 10/11/2009

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TRY everything!! im SERIOUS!! i am 18, and my mom did not stop me and i STILL suck mine when im sleeping or watching tv! once the habit has went on for so long its kinda hard to just up and quit!! "like smoking" if you ever have! but they have some of this pepper stuff, its in like a nail polish bottle and you polish which ever thumb they are sucking and when they put it in there mouth, it will set it on fire! and the ONLY way to get it off is nail polish remover! =) i dont remember the name, but i will ask around and let you know! i hope this is helpful in the least way! i pray my daughter dont start b/c i couldnt tell her not to suck her thumb when her own mother does it =) lol its sad i know but i have tried to stop since i was 13, nothing worked with me!

Allison - posted on 10/11/2009

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Though my son has not started sucking his thumb he does make sucking sounds and facial gestures of sucking when he sleeps. I was hard taking the pac as I am sure it was for you. I sneak my son one at night sometimes but he knows it is never ever taken from that bed. For you with him sucking his thumb sneaking him a nuk would be much better then messed up teeth and a habit you can't take away unless you cut off the thumb. I was so worried about what other people would think when my two older ones were little that I took them away at two and never let them have one again. But now reality is that a nuk is different then a bottle, and is like a child having a favorite stuffed animal or blanket. I think as long as you can control the use and make the child understand that he will not get it anytime but in bed, that a nuk is way better then sucking on the thumb just for the simple fact he will not have the nuk at school but he will have his thumb. Good luck to you Ginny

Suzi - posted on 10/11/2009

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rejoice that he has found a way to self soothe!!! if you really dont like it you could try putting a plaster on his thumb so he cant suck it...or something bitter tasting...I sucked my thumb so I encourage it because i know it worked for me...did nothing for my teeth though...

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