DS is 4 months old and he's been sucking his thumb for 2 weeks now. It soothes him and he falls asleep sucking on them.
I have never given dummies to my other 2, they never liked it.
But I am not sure with this one.
I always pull his fingers out but he just puts them back in again. And I feel that dummies I can take away but fingers I can't.
Not sure what to do.
Would you give dummies or just let them suck on their own fingers and hope they will grow out of it very soon?
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13-05-2015 15:04 #1
Hand or dummy?
13-05-2015 15:49 #2
I gave dd2 a dummy as it's easier to get rid of a dummy than a thumb sucking habit. I have friends with thumb sucking kids and their dental bills are not funny.
13-05-2015 15:52 #3
I wouldn't do anything. If it soothes him that's a good thing isn't it? I use dummies for DS but I'd actually prefer if he would suck his fingers, it's easier for him to find himself!
I honestly wouldn't worry about it.
13-05-2015 15:54 #4
I think based on what friends have found a lot of babies don't tend to take to a dummy this late on especially if he has got into the habit of thumb sucking instead. I don't really have any experience of thumb sucking but I imagine most kids do grow out of it and it's only a small proportion that carry on longer. I've been guilty of using a dummy which I admit was a life saver and found it very useful when ds was small. Now however I'm trying to wean him off it and don't have much will power! Whenever he is ill, teething etc I just feel too guilty and give it to him as I know it calms him down. So I would probably say if you have avoided a dummy until now it's probably best to hold off and just hope he will grow out of thumb sucking later. I know some people put mitten type things on to try and avoid thumb sucking, not sure if they work?
13-05-2015 16:17 #5Senior Member
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I have 2 thumb suckers and IME you can offer a dummy all you like but if they don't want it they'll keep thumb sucking.
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13-05-2015 16:42 #6
DS was a dumb sucker until well past 3 years of age. I felt at a loss as to what to do because as a PP said, a dummy you can take away, fingers are not so simple! I tried offering him a dummy as a baby but he refused and spat it out. In the end I told him a little white lie about his thumb dropping off and that solved it
My DD however took a dummy from very early on and I'm starting to worry about how I'll ever wean her, she loves her dummies. She holds one in her hand and rubs it on the tip of her nose for comfort and the other in her mouth. Cute, but yeah, I think the dummy fairy will be paying her a visit in the near future!
Sorry that wasn't very helpful :/
13-05-2015 16:54 #7
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13-05-2015 17:06 #8
13-05-2015 19:10 #9
I didn't give ds a dummy. He isn't much of a thumb sucker though...he did for a few weeks when teething at 6 months but not since. I worry now when I see bubs (I know a few well) his age with dummies during wake times as I worry it would be disruptive to their speech etc. I know ds babbles a lot to himself when playing.
I know a lot of parents who limit dummies to nap or sleep time.
13-05-2015 19:33 #10
Have you considered offering a fabric comforter instead? X
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