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DS has been sucking his thumb a lot more lately. Before, he would chew on his hand, and that increased lately because he's teething. He would occasionally be coordinated enough to suck his thumb, but only very rarely. Now that he's getting more coordinated, though, he's able to suck his thumb a lot more easily. The good thing, though, is that, because he's able to do get his thumb, he's learning to self-soothe, but I don't know how bad of a habit it might be. I mean, if he had a binky, I could just throw it away, but I can't exactly throw away his thumb. He's at it right now and falling asleep, so if it brings him comfort, I don't want to take that away from him, especially because he's so little. Is there anything I can do about it now or down the road?
 

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I'd just let him, my DD is a thumbsucker, I have no desire to stop her. Thumbsucking is a different creature than a pacifier, which I wouldn't allow.
 

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Silas is doing the same thing. My first DS never did it, so this is all new for me.<br>
He can even put himself to sleep by sucking his thumb!<br>
That really surprised me. He wasn't fussy or anything, just rolling around on his blanket, happily sucking away, and the next thing I knew he was asleep! That has happened only twice, but still shocked me.<br><br>
I have pretty much the exact same concerns that you do. I do like that he is self soothing, but I am worried that there will be a major downside to having a thumbsucker.<br><br>
Well, it sure is cute, though<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> We should get lots of pics
 

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Diddo! I never allowed my son to have a pacifier and celebrated the first time he put himself to sleep sucking his thumb. The fact that children learn to do this without being taught or modeled is enough to convince me that it is a natural developmental skill and a great way to learn to self-soothe. I am confident that as he grows up, he will decide when he doesn't need to suck his thumb anymore. Besides, who are we as adults to decide when babies/children don't need to self-soothe anymore?
 

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I wish my dd would find her thumb. She already has an overbite so it can't do that much more damage. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My daughter was an avid thumbsucker starting early (2 months, I think?) and even though she sucks it now, it's not anywhere near as often as it used to be. Just leave it be and they'll stop on their own, in my opinion.
 

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I think the statistic is like 90% of kids quit sucking their thumbs by age 5. The pros to thumb sucking...LO can get it in/out whenever they want, it never gets lost, speech issues are less likely, and (from what i've read) it doesn't cause tooth issues<br><br>
I wish DS would suck his thumb instead of the paci....but somehow I'm not adept at convincing a 6 month old to do *anything* he doesn't want <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I was a thumb sucker until first grade. Personally, I loved it and resented the fact that everyone made me feel guilty about it.<br><br>
By the way, I have perfectly straight teeth. No braces, no retainer. It beats a pacifier anyday!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was a thumb sucker until first grade. Personally, I loved it and resented the fact that everyone made me feel guilty about it.<br><br>
By the way, I have perfectly straight teeth. No braces, no retainer. It beats a pacifier anyday!</div>
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Me too. I think I sucked my thumb at night until I was 9 or so. One day I just stopped. I never needed braces, no overbite, and my teeth are perfectly straight. I also rarely get cavities.
 
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