Any suggestions on how to encourage a 3.5 y.o to stop sucking his thumb to go to sleep? How do you stop thumb sucking?

Posted by Carly, 03/06/13

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  • Usually the best thing is to put something on his thumb that does not taste nice. The other thing is to put mittens on his hands


  • I was a thumb sucker … I’m a little embarressed to say I was closet one as I didn’t stop til I was around 8 years old .. The answer is they will stop when ready


  • I’m trying to get mine to stop sucking the middle 2 fingers


  • I think this is an age old question, mot kids ive known to be thumb suckers have simply grown out of it


  • Hope you have had some luck


  • Paint his nail with some stop bite?


  • i hope you’ve had success


  • Have you had any luck so far?


  • how did you go? :)


  • It can be a hard habit to break so you may need to try a few different techniques – some good ones in the answers below.


  • Hope you found the answer you were looking for.


  • What did you end up doing?


  • give a teddy to cuddle and maybe a teething toy to suck on?


  • not sure if this will work, you can try a nail polish that helps prevent nail biting it tastes bitter


  • Mine still sucks her thumb when she is tired and she is 6


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