5 Tips to Help Baby Stop Thumb Sucking

how to stop thumb suckingChildren suck their thumbs for a variety of reasons, but they usually do it to provide comfort. You’ll notice your child often sucks his or her thumb before going to sleep. It’s a normal habit, but long-term thumb sucking can affect teeth development, so you’ll want to stop it at some point. Here are some tips to stop the habit.

1. Distract their fingers

The next time you see your child sucking their thumb, distract them. Find an activity where they have to use their hands, so that they stop sucking their thumb. Bed time is a big time for thumb sucking, so ask them to read you a book so that their hands are distracted holding the book and they don’t get the chance to suck their thumb.

2. Have the doctor talk to them

A lot of times a child will do something if their doctor tells them to. Next time you are at the doctor’s, ask them to talk to your child about why thumb sucking is bad. There is a large chance that they will stop when they hear from their doctor the damage it can do.

3. Reward

A great way to get your child to stop sucking their thumb is by rewarding them. If they don’t suck their thumb for a whole day, they get a star. If by the end of the week they have seven stars, they get a special prize. Many kids are motivated by rewards. Once they stop sucking their thumb for a few days, they are most likely done for good!

4. Cover the thumb

If your child is having a really hard time letting go of their thumb sucking habits, try covering their thumb with gauze and a Band-Aid. Hey, they cannot suck their thumb if it has a yucky Band-Aid on it! You’ll find that this really does help them to stop, unless of course they are ripping it off.

5. Wait it out

There is a chance that none of these remedies will help your child to stop. Some kids need to just figure things out on their own. Eventually they will stop; you won’t see them at 20 still sucking their thumb. The best thing you can do as a parent is to stay patient and let it happen when it happens.

transition baby from swaddleGuest Blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

For more information, visit sleepingbaby.com.

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Tips for Stopping Toddler’s Bad Habits

how to stop bad toddler habitsSometimes having a toddler can be stressful. They’re all over the place, running and getting into trouble. You’ll constantly be policing bad habits. Fortunately, most bad habits come in phases that eventually end, but you’ll still have to watch their behavior. When my babies grew into toddlers, I was embarrassed by some of their behaviors, but with a little love and work, they straightened out. Here are four toddler bad habits and how you can stop them.

Pacifier attachment

Is your toddler still attached to their pacifier? After age three it is very unhealthy for a child to be sucking on a binky. (All-day binky action can cause ear infections, affect the teeth, and delay language and social skills.) The best thing you can do for your toddler is to set limits. Don’t bring the binky with you when you go out, and limit the amount of time they can use it while home. If your toddler doesn’t require the binky, never suggest it yourself.

Head banging

The best thing to do when your toddler is banging their head is to direct their attention elsewhere. Your toddler needs more activities to run their energy levels down. Encourage lots of physical activity to tire him out. Also, you need to make sure that your child has a routine every day. Bed time routines should always be the same and they shouldn’t be going to be too early or too late. Limit stress in any way you can.

Thumb sucking

Sucking is one of our first instincts and it quickly becomes a soothing habit. It reminds babies of the security of their mama’s boobies. You’ll notice your child sucking his thumb when he’s trying to soothe himself to sleep, or surrounded by unfamiliar people. Thumb sucking can be frustrating for a parent to watch and it can damage teeth later in life, but it’s an easy bad habit to stop. If your child is still sucking their thumb after three or four, try your best to distract their hands with activities.

Nose picking

Ew! Just kidding, almost every toddler does this… and some adults too! To help your toddler stop this gross habit, tell them why it is not something they should be doing, especially in public. If they are picking so hard they start to bleed, you need to make sure they know that they are hurting themselves. A common remedy is to insist your child wash his hands every time you catch him picking his nose. Not only is this sanitary, but he’ll stop because he’s tired of washing his hands.

baby headrestGuest Blog by Alicia Overby – Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears

Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn’t seem to get comfortable.

After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for asubluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn’t find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!

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