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September 29th, 2013, 05:08 PM
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Connor didn't put anything in his mouth...not a thumb, not a finger, not a paci...not even a bottle! Not a single toy or object...so I'm in for a world of difference this time around!! Peyton is officially a full-fledged thumb sucker. Usually she just does it when she's fussy, sleepy, falling asleep, or stuck in her car seat! For those who have BTDT....how hard was it to wean? When did your child wean? I'm not too worried about it...yet. It's definitely a thousand times cuter than having a paci in her mouth for every picture! Since Connor never took a paci, we didn't even attempt it with her, so no idea if she would have taken it or not. I know it would have been easier to take away....seeing as how I can't take away her thumb! LOL Apparently DH was a thumb sucker, according to MIL, but only when he was tired/sleeping...maybe it's genetic ha!
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September 29th, 2013, 05:43 PM
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Morgan doesn't suck her thumb, but at least 2 of her fingers at a time. It's funny because my MIL told me that DH sucked his index and middle finger of one hand, and it seems she is doing pretty much the same thing. I wasn't a thumb sucker but I used to bite my nails....my mother used to put this awful tasting stuff on my nails to break the habit. I suppose you could put it on the thumb, too.
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September 29th, 2013, 06:55 PM
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Arthur is an anything sucker. Right now he's doing the double thumb. He likes to chew on everything. The Doctor says he's teething. I let him put whatever he wants in his mouth. I'm not worried about a habit or anything. I figure that's something he'll grow out of. A mom at my mom group was telling me about a study that kids who weren't allowed to give into their need for sucking for as long as they wanted, became emotionally needy adults. So I figure let him suck, and let him do it for as long as he needs to. He doesn't take a pacifier, and I'm sure once he's done teething, he'll be over shoving his whole fist in his mouth

Could Peyton be teething??
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September 30th, 2013, 02:29 AM
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Elliaana is a fist chewer. I let her go. It's her fist I couldn't really stop it anyway.
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September 30th, 2013, 08:42 AM
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Tristan is also a fist chewer. DD also never sucked her thumb or a paci. So I'm hoping it will stop once he gets teeth.
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September 30th, 2013, 06:07 PM
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I totally think its genetics
Emerson loves her thumb
I was a thumbsucker and so was my mom, DH used to suck his thumb as well
Really surprised DS didn't pick up the habit
i am not even going to begin to worry about it
I quit on my own as did DH - its not something you can really break unless you tie the kids hands together to keep them away from their mouth
Emerson generally does it to fall asleep (but doesn't need it to keep herself asleep, meaning it will come out as soon as shes asleep)
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September 30th, 2013, 10:07 PM
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Porter tries to get his thumb in his mouth with little success. He sucks/chews on his fingers or his fist and tries to get his whole hand in his mouth. He'll take a paci in the car sometimes, but that's about it. He doesn't try to use his hands to soothe himself though. He hasn't figured that out quite yet!
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October 1st, 2013, 10:56 AM
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I haven't checked around in her mouth, but it's possible she's starting to teethe. She's been really fussy and not sleeping well lately, and even fussing when she's on the boob or sucking her thumb! Again, the complete opposite of Connor...who never teethed...he didn't even get his first tooth until he was 14 months and then 2 just popped up one day, would never have known if we hadn't seen it! So I'm sure she is going to be a horrible teether just because LOL.

Peyton also stays asleep even once her thumb falls out, so that's a plus that she doesn't need it to sleep. I'm not really worried about it right now either, just a different experience for me so wondered about others thumb sucking experiences! We definitely won't force her to stop or anything drastic like that.

Horrible story: I used to have a friend who put one of those contraptions on her daughter's hand to attempt to get her to stop sucking her thumb It was the saddest thing ever because she would just sit in her room and scream during nap time because she couldn't get her thumb in her mouth....and the mom didn't even flinch over it, she was annoyed by it, in fact. It was heartbreaking....

Funny story: apparently my cousin used to suck his thumb, my Aunt was telling me the story a couple weeks ago that he sucked his thumb until he was about 6 years old, the dentist told him he was going to put spikes in the roof of his mouth...he never sucked his thumb again! LOL
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October 1st, 2013, 11:22 AM
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Funny story: apparently my cousin used to suck his thumb, my Aunt was telling me the story a couple weeks ago that he sucked his thumb until he was about 6 years old, the dentist told him he was going to put spikes in the roof of his mouth...he never sucked his thumb again! LOL
I knew someone who had a spike type thing in her mouth when we were in high school. It was to prevent her from sucking her thumb. Which she still did in high school. And I know she still sucked her thumb a few years ago. She's older than me, so mid 30's now. Nothing they did could get her to stop. How she did it with that thing in her mouth I will never understand. Her jaw is all crooked from it and her teeth/bite are/is messed up. She had a pretty rough childhood/early teen years, which I have no doubt is the reason she never dropped the thumb sucking. I know she is a rare case though and that most kids drop it fairly early in life if they begin to do it. It just reminded me of her when you mentioned the spikes!
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October 2nd, 2013, 11:41 AM
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I can't imagine, that's crazy! It must be a retainer type thing with spikes on it. But just the sound of it scared my 6-yr old cousin enough that he never did it again! lol Let's hope it doesn't come to that!!
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October 2nd, 2013, 04:03 PM
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Eli has started sucking his thumb at night. With his fingers covering his nose.
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October 7th, 2013, 07:54 AM
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I encouraged thumb sucking with my first 12 years ago because I didn't want the hassle of taking away a paci. I figured and read that the child would wean themselves when they got teeth. Boy was I WRONG! 12 years later and still going strong on thumb sucking. So now Leif always puts his hands in his mouth and I'm always pulling them out.
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October 7th, 2013, 11:52 AM
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Zack is normally a binkie baby but he found his thumb the other day and was going to town sucking on it. He's done it before too. I just let him go. Both girls were binkie baby's and both I was able to break them of it before they were 2.
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