You know all those pesky little “recommended products” that pop up on Amazon.com? (I try very hard to shop locally, but there are somethings that you just can’t buy here in Worthington.) A few weeks ago, this little device to help a child quit sucking her thumb appeared and so I checked it out. For $31.99, I thought I’d give it a whirl.
Joe’s first reaction was that it seemed a bit mean. I reminded him how beautiful it would be to see our little girl’s face all the time and to actually have a photo of her smiling. I must have been convincing because he is the one who actually put it on Ava for the first time. Her reaction? To our surprise, she didn’t care at all.
She just picked up her sippy cup, using only her right hand. The ‘device’s was on her left hand and she just decided that hand wasn’t very useful any more. Really weird, when considering she was used to sucking her thumb for a good share of the day.
The company “Dr. Thumb” advises to keep it on for 2 weeks straight for a 92% success rate.
Here’s our experience: We kept it on 24 hours a day (well, sometimes she wriggled her thumb out at night) for 5 days. When we went to church on Sunday, we took it off. Throughout that morning, whenever we would see her bring her hand up, we’d remind her and praise her for keeping her thumb out. Since then, we just put it on for naps and overnight, and she NEVER puts her thumb in anymore. No reminders. No pestering. Nothing. She has nearly kicked the habit.
She still wishes she had her thumb at night as she tries to fall asleep and continues to wriggle it out every now and then. She takes advantage of that ‘secretive time’ and when she comes out of her room her thumb looks like a wrinkled potato that was forgotten in the back of the pantry. I’m okay with that. I just love to see her play with both hands during the day so that is worth it in itself. The other huge plus is that she talks way more. Without her thumb in, she interacts much more when we read books and really, all day long as we go about our tasks. So I consider it a success!