I Don’t Know What To Do About This Thumb!

Thumb-suckers!  Am I right?!  I myself sucked my thumb until I was six.
For me, it was peer pressure that got me to stop.  I remember the kids making fun of me in my ballet class because I was sucking my thumb.  My teacher even chimed in saying I was too old for that.  I was so embarrassed.  So I made the choice to force myself to stop.  I decided to go to bed with a puppet on my hand and I did it.  I am 31 years old and I still remember how hard it was to stop.

Now my daughter Cupcakes is six and still sucking her thumb.  Peer pressure isn’t going to be her trigger to stop, though, because she pretty much only sucks her thumb at night.  So I don’t know what to do!

We’ve tried everything to get her to stop:

– message from her doctor
– message from her dentist
– gloves on hands
– band-aids on thumbs
– bad-tasting nail polish
– reward charts
– promises

Absolutely nothing has worked.  I am at a loss.  She just removes gloves and bandaids, and the bad-tasting nail polish apparently doesn’t taste too bad.  Ha!

TR is two and a half and we are planning to take away his pacifier in a week or so.  I am so thankful he didn’t become a thumb sucker, but I know taking his Wubbanub away is going to be very hard.  I bought him a Lovey with the same face and even a second Wubbanub so I could remove the paci, sew up the hole, and give it to him as a stuffie so hopefully those will help when the time comes.

So who wants to help me out??

Do YOU have any suggestions to stop the thumb sucking?

Have you taken away a pacifier?  How did that work and at what age did you do it?

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