Thursday, January 26, 2012
I've got a thumb sucker. Help!
It's true. I have a thumb-sucker. This sensitive, little soul girl just LOVES her thumb. And I'm not really sure what to do about it.
I had it in my head when I was pregnant that I would much rather have a paci baby than a thumbsucker because it's easier to wean kids off pacifiers. Well...Adoration wasn't going to have any of that. From day one she aggressively refused a pacifier, showing preference for her hands (or me). At about two and a half months, she found her thumb, and it was an immediate infatuation. It was great when she was a baby. I didn't have to worry about her losing a pacifier in the middle of the night, she was an excellent self soother, mostly content, and I really think that her thumb-sucking helped her to be a good sleeper too.
But now she is 19 months and she sucks her thumb more than ever. For awhile she only really sucked it when she was starting to get tired or sleeping, so I wasn't too worried about it. But now she sucks it a lot more than that. I am at a loss of what to do! I mean...eventually she is gonna have to be weaned from her thumb and I don't have the slightest idea how. If she had a paci right now, I would just take it away from her and only give it to her for sleeping to start to wean her. But..ummm....can't take away her thumb.
So any advice out there?
When is a good time/age to wean a thumb sucker off of their thumbs??
And how in the world do you even begin to do it??
Anyone? All advice welcomed.
Posted by Kristina at 11:32 AM