Hello all, I am new here and have a question about my three month old. She is a very clingy cuddly girl who would love to nurse NON-STOP. The only time she stops nursing is if she's too full, which doesn't happen very often. (Proven by the fact she already weighs 19 pounds...)
I did the pacifier route with daughter number 1. She is 22 months and we have worked the pacifier down only for naps and bedtime (or occasionally when she goes through a really moody spell). Because of my experience with the pacifier with her, I am wanting to avoid that route this time! Even now she sometimes loses her pacifier at night and I end up having to turn on the light and pull out the crib trying to find it. Plus all those days of frantically searching for it, running late because we couldn't leave until we found the pacifier, losing it and dealing with traumatizing screaming events.. never again! I was a thumb sucker along with all the rest of my siblings, and none of us suffered severely from it.
Daughter 2 is definitely finding her hands lately, but she hasn't figured out the thumb yet. Does anyone know if it's possible to teach a baby to suck their thumb? When she cries she clenches her fists so it is really hard for her to find anything, and she ends up sucking on the back of her hand or her arm. Yesterday she actually gave herself blisters on the back of her wrist :( I spent some time with her today trying to coax her thumb in, but she just doesn't have the hang of it. She just turned 3 months a couple of days ago, so should I just give it more time? Am I wasting my time trying to teach her? Or should I just not worry about it? Cave in and go the pacifier route? Any help is appreciated :D