Will has discovered just how much he enjoys his thumb. He’s been sucking it quite a bit lately, particularly when he’s tired. Although, not when he goes to sleep because that still requires a swaddle. Incidentally, I may be writing a future post titled: How to swaddle a one year old. Because he doesn’t seem like he’s going to be giving that up anytime in the near future. But back to the topic at hand. Thumb sucking. I feel like I have two options right now. I can either: let the thumb sucking continue, and hope he gives it up at a reasonable age, or replace the thumb with a pacifier and encourage that instead.
Apparently we got off easy with Kalena. She quit liking pacifiers at about 4 months and she never sucked her thumb.
Part of me thinks I should just leave it alone and maybe he won’t ever really get into the thumb sucking. Then the rational part of me says, “HA HA HA! Yeah right.” I don’t doubt that there are good things about thumb sucking. There’s always a thumb! No lost pacifiers! Makes it easy for him to self-soothe! BUT. You can’t take the thumb away when you want him to quit. I just don’t know.
And before anyone brings it up, I’m not worried about his teeth. Brian was a thumb sucker and has perfectly straight teeth, no braces. I never sucked my thumb (or took a pacifier) and I had an overbite and a cross-bite and I’ve had retainers and braces and more retainers and I STILL have to sleep in retainers and probably will every night until I get dentures. So dental work = not a factor in my decision. I let you know how it plays out. I know you’re thrilled.