Do any of you have any experience with that? Is the thumb ok. If not, what can I do (she doesn't care to much for the pacifier, and the only way I found to keep her thumb out of her mouth was to keep it covered with her sleeve, but I felt so cruel seeing her sucking her shirt .
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I know I shouldn't worry too much, but everybody tells me how bad thumb sucking is, and how she should take the pacifier instead... I guess I'll let it be
I think letting her suck her thumb is fine. I don't think it's any worse than a binky, and hey, you don't have to worry about a lost thumb or it falling on the floor. I sucked my thumb when I was a baby, and so did both my sisters, and we gave it up pretty easily. My son liked a binky for a while as a newborn, but gave it up after a couple of months. I would say let your dd fulfill her sucking needs now, and they'll go away naturally in their own time.
You're doing great!
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By the way, I sucked my thumb until I was about 8, and have sufferred no ill effects, only have pleasant memories. That said, I remember reading somewhere that most thumb-suckers stop sucking on their own by the time they are three.
Congrats on your little thumb-sucker!
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I'm hoping my dd will eventually outgrow it.
I really wouldn't worry...like anything else...if it does turn into a habit...it'll turn out of a habit eventually...
anyway, my kids wouldn't take either.
maybe give a teethign toy to chew on?
My dd sucks her thumb and is still nursing at 2 1/2 and she has been sucking her thumb since she was 7 months old. My ds does not suck his thumb or take a pacifier and I wish he would suck his thumb! I have nursed both on demand and am a SAHM, however like someone else mentioned you can not be there every second and I am glad my dd can comfort herself. She only sucks her thumb when she is really tired or if she touches something satin, she likes to rub the satin on her ookie blanket and suck her thumb. I think the thumb is also helpful in the car when you just can't do much for them, at least they have their thumb! I think babies are definitely predisposed to thumb suck or not, either way I wouldn't worry about it at this point! Good luck to you and your baby!
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One in heaven July 2006
Besides, if kids don't suck their thumbs, how will orthodontists make a living??? (I sucked my thumb til 6 or 7, started orthodontics at 10, done at 14.)
But I agree with poster who said not to worry. I think most kids do what they need to do and quit the thumb before it becomes a problem. My dd1 sucked hers from 2 to 5 months old then seemed to forget where it was and never did it again. Dd2 never sucked her thumb - used a binky now and then during first four months or so (colic). Dd3 has yet to do either (she is almost 3 months old).
That said both of my boys had pacifiers, I was a thumb sucker. I weaned my self in grade school by putting athletic tape around my thumb so I wouldn't suck it while asleep. Keep that tucked away in the memory banks if ever you need it. You can't get smooth suction on tape, and athletic tape doesn't un-adhese (I know that's not really a word) when it gets wet.
of course my mom's point was also, you can take the pacifier away, but you can't take the finger away. :LOL
my little brother on the other hand, used a pacifier and was done with it by the time he was 3.
so yeah, i'm not sure what i'd do if i saw my baby go for the thumb. i guess i'll cross that bridge if i get to it.
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