Friday, February 27, 2015

February's Parent/Child Date Accountability Report

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Two months into the new year and we are going strong on our dates with our kids! For February, I had Brayden and Kaitlyn and Nate had McKenna and Brinley.

I took Brayden out one evening to do grocery shopping and get a treat. Okay, I know grocery shopping does not sound like a fun date, but it is something he needed to do for a goal for scouting. We planned the meals for the week, made the list, and then discussed how to do things like compare prices and get the best deal. He did enjoy it. He also enjoyed getting a doughnut the size of his face. 9 year old boy who is a swimmer...yeah, he likes food.


I took Kaitlyn to see the musical Little Women. Kaitlyn really enjoys going to musicals. Kaitlyn and I read this book together last year. It is one of my favorites and she loved it when we read it, so this musical has a special place for the two of us. 

Nate took Brinley to our local duck pond to feed the ducks. They took a whole bunch of bread and Brinley had a great time feeding the ducks who were ravenous. 

Tomorrow, Nate is taking McKenna to an indoor rock climbing house to do some rock climbing. McKenna is very strong and loves to use her muscles. Last summer, we had a small local fair in our town where there was one of those companies that brings in a climbing wall for kids to climb. McKenna was our first child to get to the top (she inspired the others to try a little harder and make it up, also). She loved the experience and is very much looking forward to doing it again. 

Once again, I am updating date info on this page: http://www.babywisemom.com/p/dates.html. It will be a running list to help give you ideas if you need them.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Outside Toys Worth the Investment (All-Star Toys)

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Outside weather is coming! It is! I know some of you will find that very hard to believe, while some of you are in it...and some of you are actually approaching winter. Despite your weather situation, let's talk outside toys. This post contains affiliate links. 

Top Five All-Star Toys

Sidewalk Chalk
Sidewalk Chalk is very enjoyable for all children. It is also very handy for creating fun outdoor learning games. While some chalk is better quality than others, I really just go for whatever is inexpensive. Sometimes the better quality chalk is less expensive than lesser-quality. Chalk gets abused. Some kids basically sit and rub one stick over and over until it is in just a nub. Sometimes chalk gets left out and rain water or sprinkler water soaks it (and then kids decide to soak it intentionally once they realize how cool it is to write with wet chalk). The chalk gets spilled and shatters no matter what brand it is...

This doesn't mean I allow my children free-for-all or offer a never-ending supply of chalk. I plan on buying one container of chalk each spring and let them know that is what they get until the next spring. They can decide how to treat it from there.

Bubbles
Bubbles are loved by pretty much every child out there. Bubbles are great because they work as an outside toy whether you have your own yard or not. You might not be able to go draw sidewalk chalk at the park or all over the sidewalks at your apartment complex, but bubbles will work. You can even blow them inside if you want to. I buy these Bubbles and pour them into smaller bubble containers when they run out. We often buy bubble blowers (or the kids get them as birthday gifts from friends). They have all been lots of fun and a great way to save your breath, but they always break within the same season we got the blower. Just don't expect a bubble blower to last very long.

Some Sort of Bicycle
There are a lot of versions of bikes. You have the Tricycle, the Bicycle, the Balance Bike, the Scooter, the PlasmaCar... There are so many possibilities. They all have their merits and all have their time that your child will favor that particular item. Think about what your storage space capabilities are and what you think your child would like best. I keep trying to think of what is the BEST and I just can't do it. My kids really love the plasma car, and it is easy to ride on from a young age. A bicycle is a must at a certain age--probably by 3. Scooters are a big hit in our neighborhood. My neighbor lives for his balance bike (but Brinley is scared of hers).

Water Table
I did not buy a water table until Brinley's first birthday. Anyone with a water table is likely thinking "What?!?!?" I know! Once we got it, I realized what a huge hit it is with kids. It is such a fun toy. It is a great toy to have outside, especially when it is hot outside. Now, if you don't have space or means for a water table, you can easily make your own version by filling up a large bowl or tote with water and putting it outside to play in. Add some measuring cups from the dollar store and you have a party.

Sandbox
I have a love/hate relationship with our sandbox. I love it because it is an absolute favorite toy in the yard. I hate it because sand gets everywhere. There is always a trail of sand in the house. The hours of fun they have with it make the hate worth it in my life. We made our sandbox, but you can buy them for a reasonable price.



Large All-Star Toys

Swing Set
A swing set is a very fun object to have in the yard. It is a worthy investment. We purchased ours from Swing Kingdom. We have had it for almost six years and we have loved it! We have never regretted it. A fun thing is that they are sturdy enough that adults can use them. There are a lot of nice swing sets out there. Before we got our nice one, we had a basic swing set left behind at the house we bought and that worked great for our kids while they were smaller.

Trampoline
I know a lot of people worry about having a trampoline. My husband was one and I went along with it for many years. When I was pregnant with Brinley, however, I put my foot down and declared we would be purchasing a trampoline. I was about to have a new baby and McKenna was going to be home without siblings and I wanted something I knew would keep her busy and get exercise at the same time. We have loved having it. We got one similar to this.

Our Current All-Star Toys

Basketball Hoop
Last year, we put a basketball hoop in our backyard. This is currently Brayden's favorite thing to play with outside (age 9). This is where he spends most of his time. It is my favorite, also.





Jump Rope
A few years ago, we found several of these jump ropes at a garage sale for less than a dollar a piece. These are awesome jump ropes. Jump rope is what Kaitlyn does most outside right now (age 7). A good jump rope makes all the difference in whether or not the child will be interested in using it. Cheap dollar store jump ropes won't cut it.


Rollerblades
Hands down, McKenna's favorite thing to do outside is rollerblading (age 5). She is in love with it. She wants to do it at every opportunity. Decent roller blades help in the child's enjoyment. McKenna got these rollerblades for Christmas and they have been awesome. I didn't think she would be able to wear them for months since we live in Norther Utah, but I knew they would be her favorite gift, so I got them. We have had a very mild winter so she has been able to use them quite a bit!

Cozy Coupe
Wondering about Brinley (age 2)? She really has a very varied "favorite." She loves to draw with chalk. She loves bubbles. She enjoys plasma cars. The water table would be loved if it wasn't winter (she does ask for it, though). The sandbox is covered for winter, but it is a favorite when it is out. She loves to swing and jump on the trampoline. The thing in addition to what I have talked about that she loves to do is drive in her Cozy Coupe.


What are your all-star outdoor toys? Anything I missed? Anything I need to try out? Today is the BFBN Pinterest day, so check out our Pinterest page. Check out the other ladies for their fun ideas today, too!



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Poll Discussion: Potty Training

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Today's poll is on potty training! This is definitely a topic people love to hear tips on and know what experiences people have had. It is easiest for me when compiling the results if you copy the questions, along with the numbers, and paste them into your comment. Then answer the questions. If you do not have an answer to a question, you can just put "N/A." Thank you!

1-How old was your child when you started potty training that ended successfully?
2-Did your child have a hard time learning to pee in the potty?
3-Did your child have a hard time learning to poop in the potty?
4-Did you ever use pull ups? If so, when?
5-How long did it take your child to stay clean and dry in underwear relatively consistently?
6-How did you have your child dressed from the waist down during potty training? (i.e. bare-bum, underwear only, fully dressed, pull-up...)
7-How long after starting potty training could your child take a nap in underwear?
8-How long after starting potty training could your child sleep at night in underwear?
9-Did you do a "dreampee"? If so, for how long?
10-Any tips for potty training parents?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Newborn Sleep Patterns

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Despite the fact that we all sleep daily, sleep is not necessarily "intuitive" for us. There are many facets about sleep we don't understand in ourselves (What time is best for you to go to bed? What time to wake up? How many hours are best for you? Do you sleep better with or without socks? etc.). Figuring out the sleep of your new baby can be quite the project.

Newborn Sleep PatternsNewborns usually have a regular pattern to their sleep, and understanding that can help you in understanding what is going on and what you can do to help facilitate great sleep. This post contains affiliate links. 

1-Newborns Make Noise Often, But That Doesn't Mean They Are Awake
A brand newborn is usually super noisy when first born. They make all kinds of grunts, sighs, "huh's"... They couple these noises with eyes fluttering open and often smiles. It is adorable! It is fun to watch, but do not get baby up every time you hear these sounds. This is just a noisy part of the sleep cycle. Let baby continue to sleep unless it is time for baby to be eating anyway. 

2-Sleep Cycles Change Every 45 Minutes
A newborn goes into sleep in REM sleep (See Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child page 59). About 45 minutes into a nap, the baby will transition into non-REM sleep. These transitions happen about every 45 minutes. At the 45 minute mark, your baby will stir. Your baby might make noise and might even open her eyes. Your baby might just shift slightly. Do not mistaken transitioning for waking up. Let your baby move into the next sleep state. 

3-Body Temperature Influences Sleep
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child talks about biological rhythms starting on page 50. One influence on sleep is body temperature, and this remains true even up to adults. There isn't a way for you to really measure or respond to this, but know that as a baby gets to about 6 weeks, baby's temperatures start to get closer to what is best for longer night time sleep. There are biological factors out of your control that will impact how well baby sleeps at night. 

4-Melatonin Impacts Sleep
Melatonin is a hormone that comes from your pineal glad. Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles. A newborn is born with "high levels of circulating melatonin" that came from the mother while in the womb. That is present for the first week. This is when you should sleep ;). 

After a week, all of that melatonin wears off and the baby is left with...not much. Around 6 weeks old, "melatonin begins to reappear as the baby's pineal gland matures" (page 51). The levels are "extremely low" until 12-16 weeks old. 

You can see from those numbers that they coincide with ages that babies start to sleep better. 6 weeks, followed by about 12...sound familiar? 

And do not decide to give your baby melatonin to induce more sleep. It has not been tested on babies. Also, I have to think there is a reason babies were designed the way they were designed by someone smarter than we are, so don't medicate or supplement your baby against what every healthy newborn baby naturally does--decrease melatonin levels. 

5-Newborns Do Not Stay Awake Long
Your newborn will be up for a very short time before needing to nap again. Your newborn will be awake anywhere from 30-60 minutes, including feeding time, before it is time to sleep once again (see my post Optimal Waketime Lengths to figure out how long your baby should be awake). Do not fight your baby on this. Let your baby sleep and your baby will sleep better overall. Overly tired babies start to sleep very poorly. 

If you want more time with your baby, you can absolutely hold your baby sometimes. It is wise to be aware of the amount of time since baby fell asleep. Do not try to put baby down in her own bed right around the 45 minute mark. This will likely wake her up since she is transitioning. Put her down before or after the transition if you are going to. If you hold your baby through the transition, do not try to wake the baby up during the transition. Let baby get into the next sleep cycle. 

I hope this information helps you understand the sleep of newborns a bit better.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Surviving Colic

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Thank you to all who contributed to sharing how they survived colic. I hope you will find ideas and comfort here. This post contains affiliate links. 

Time

Katie said: "Time. Knowing it was a season, knowing that all babies cry and they're okay."

Do What Works

Sallie said:  "Hang in there...my first was an easy, baby wise compliant baby but my second was anything but. Do what works in this season. Study your baby. You will see what he/she needs from you, do that. Lots of baby wearing, swing sleeping (if you call it sleep), and standing swaying. I tried to stick to a regular breastfeeding schedule and the sleep and crying part eventually worked its self out. My boy sleeps wonderful for naps and at night now. It's rough but it won't last forever, even though it feels like it will" 

Jessica said: "Moby wrap, rocking chair and singing...and an iPad to read one once she fell asleep on me!" 

Katie said: "Letting them do some crying on their own when I couldn't take it anymore. The swing for naps if they'd take it. Swaddling of course. Extra feeds sometimes."

Hiring/Accepting Help

Katie said: "Hiring mother's helpers for cleaning, watching other kids whenever I could"

Ellen said: "Asking for help! Having babysitters just so momma can get out of house for couple hours. Now he's 2 1/2 and that seems like a thing of the very distant past. Hate being away from him now."

Treating Gas and Reflux

Jennifer said: "Probiotics, tummy massage for gas, Zantac for silent reflux and doing what you need to get them to sleep!(swaddle, rocking, sound machine, keeping upright, holding them, sshing, dark room)"

Kim said: "My son is 11 weeks old and we just got over the hump of dealing with colic. Our two lifesavers were gripe water and Gerber Soothe Colic probiotic drops. We found out later that he has reflux and issues with dairy. He is now on medication and a hypo-allergenic formula and is like a different babe! Hang in there, mamas!"

Sherri said: "Laying him on tummy or across arm on tummy can also help move gas.....hang in there, mom, he'll grow out of it in a few months."

Alyssa said: "Get a baby carrier and use GERD meds if applicable." 

Amanda said: "Swaddling, Zantac for reflux, & Nutramigen formula"

Mommy's Bliss Gripe Water is my favorite!

Maintain Schedule/Pattern/Routine as Best You Can

Jennifer said: "Also, keeping the eat/play/sleep cycle helps as well. Even if they are crying straight through the play and sleep cycles, they are learning that when it is light they are awake and when it is dark it is time to sleep. I believe this helped our little guy have good sleep habits once the colic period ended."

Carrie said: "I've had two babies now with reflux and the best advice I have is to follow the routine of EWS instead of a schedule by the clock. Sometimes smaller, more frequent meals feel better on the tummy."

Sarah said: "Walking with baby tightly wrapped in Moby, gas drops, Zantac, maintaining an eating schedule as Jennifer said."

Chiropractor

Tiffany said: "My first had severe colic. 

It didn't go away until she was 6 months old... after being treated by a chiropractor."


Food Changes

Ashley said: " If breastfeeding, an elimination diet. If formula, change it."

Misty said: "Diet diet diet!!!! Colic Ease off amazon, moby wrap, swaddled, my third we finally figured out she wanted a super early bed time 6:30 and then no dream feed plus no dairy or high acid foods. Usually diet is causing the reflux so meds are just bandaid for underlying problem"

Medicines

Savannah said: "Colic-Calm works really well! And lots of baby wearing!"

Melissa said: " A combination of things: outside support, the 5 S's, essential oils, and something called colic calm."

Rebekkah said: "Probiotics! Colic is often a yeast infection in the gut!"

Emilie said: " Probiotics! Gerber soothe is magic!!!"  Find it here: Gerber Soothe Colic Drops

Jeanine said: "DigestZen essential oil!"

Vaneska said: "Baby wearing, probiotics, bouncing on a Swiss ball, incline crib,"

Lindsey said: "Colic calm! Cluster feeding, outside time, baby wearing."

Beth said: " I agree! Colic calm and baby wearing saved us. And, ASK FOR HELP!"

Bowen Treatments

David said: "Bowen treatments worked, only 1-3 sessions. too long to explain what it is, but really, look it up, its amazing."

Swing

Catalina said: "My kid slept in a swing for 5 months!"

Alyssa said: "Also establishing daily alone swing time from the start. Calmest 20 minutes of my day." 

Swaddling

Good Advice

Shea said: "This is @Shea 'Sims' Moses here- my 2nd daughter suffered through this severely. If I could go back and tell myself some helpful tips I would say 1. Be consistent with feeds and wake times to the best of your ability, but forget all the other rules. Whatever comforts the baby during this time, do it. 2. It will end, and the consistency you provide will be helpful in getting a "late" full start on babywise once this time has passed. 3. They can still be happy infants. It may take longer for them to understand and comply with routine, but it does happen!!" 

Savannah said: "Colic calm works really well! And lots of baby wearing!"

Lydia said: "Accepting help!
Moby wrap
Patience

And letting housework go for a bit"


Jennifer said: "I want to second the iPad or some kind of device easy to read in the dark! I also listened to podcasts when rocking for what seemed like hours at a time "



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Friday, February 20, 2015

Feed Me Friday: Slowcooker Lasagna

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I always try to have one slowcooker recipe in my meal plan for each week. A slowcooker recipe is fantastic for busy evenings. You can make the meal in the morning hours and have it to eat in the evening hours. This is one of my husband's favorite meals of all time. The lasagna doesn't come out pretty, but it comes out delicious.

Ingredients:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced (my husband likes at least 4 cloves of garlic)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 29 ounces tomato sauce
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 ounces of no-cook lasagna noodles (though to be honest, I have used no-cook and cook and both work fine)
Method:
  1. In a skillet, brown beef with onion and garlic.
  2. Once browned, add in tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, salt, pepper, and oregano. Mix well. 
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the cheeses.
  4. In a 5 quart slowcooker, spread about 1/4 of the meat sauce (this isn't rocket science; just eyeball it).
  5. Arrange 1/3 of the noodles.
  6. Spoon 1/3 of the cheese mix over noodles. 
  7. Repeat meat sauce, then noodles, then cheese.
  8. Again, repeat meat sauce, noodles, then cheese.
  9. Top with remaining meat sauce. 
  10. My husband likes to add more mozzarella cheese over this final layer of sauce. 
  11. Cook on low until noodles are tender. My recipe says 4-5 hours, but I have found 4 hours is too long. I like 3.5 hours. 
Serve With:
This goes well with some sort of bread--french bread, baguettes, bread sticks... I also always serve with a green vegetable such as green salad, peas, or green beans.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Books for Mom

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I often share what books my kids love to read, but what about books for mom? I love to read. I have always enjoyed reading. After years of finding it difficult to fit reading into my life as a mom, I decided to give myself a day each week that would be my "reading" day. My main task on my list of things to do every Thursday is to read. It is awesome!

It can be hard to sift through newer books and know what is worth the time and effort to read, however. I love places like Amazon or Good Reads where you can see how things are rated. A difficult thing with a book, though, is that we all have different tastes and we all have different standards. 

Here I share my favorite books. Know that I like clean books. I don't like profanity and I don't like to read details about sexual relations even if the characters are married. These are all books I would say are worth your time and effort to read. This post contains affiliate links. 

Classics
Classics are my first love when it comes to literature. If you have a way to read eBooks, these are awesome because you can get versions of them for free. Here are some of my favorites.
Modern Classics
These books are more modern--meaning published in the 1900s. 
  • The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. If you asked me to name the greatest book ever written, I would say The Lord of the Rings (it is actually meant to be one book, so I can). I think it is pure genius. If I could only ever read one book again for the rest of my life (outside of scripture), it would be this one.
  • The Giver (Giver Quartet, Book 1) by Lois Lowry. This is another amazing book. Reading all four is worth your time, but the first book is the best by far. 
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman. This book is every bit as enjoyable as the movie and then some. 
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. If you want a book to inspire you to be a better person, this read is for you.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • 1984 by George Orwell
Modern Books
  • The Complete Harry Potter Collection by J.K. Rowling. Initially, I would not read these books. I was sure they were some cheap attempt to fabricate the Lord of the Rings, and you know how I feel about those books. My friend talked me into it. These books are completely amazing! 
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. 
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel by Jamie Ford
  • I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies Book 1) by Pttacus Lore. Though I must say, the first book was delightful, and the other books have been nice, but the series is still being written--there are 5 so far! To me, this is just kind of stretching things out more than they need to go. If you do decide to read it, you might want to wait until they are done being written...if that day comes.
Dystopian Novels
Dystopian novels seem to be my favorite genre right now, which is handy because people like to write about it now. I tend to read young adult novels because they are usually clean (though not always, sadly). 
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Legend series by Marie Lu
  • Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1) by Marissa Meyer
  • The Selection series by Kiera Cass. (this is really more "love" than dystopian)
  • Divergent series by Veronica Roth. I read the first two books before the third was released. I thought these books were so well done...until I got to the third. I hated the third book, and not for the reasons you think if you have read it. I really sincerely wish I had just read the first two and then finished the series in my head. 
Mysteries
I also really enjoy mysteries
  • Deception Point by Dan Brown. I enjoy all of Dan Brown's books. Deception Point is my favorite. If you decide to read them, do not read them all at once. He has a predictable writing pattern and you will ruin the fun of the mystery if you don't give yourself space between the books.
  • John Grisham. I don't think I have a favorite by John Grisham. I think I enjoy his older books the most. He is the same as Dan Brown, do not read them all in a row. And while most are clean, some are not. 
I would love to hear from you on books you have loved reading!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Poll Results: Thumb/Finger Sucking

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You can find the original poll and responses to this poll here. Here are the results:

Did/does your child suck fingers/thumb?
Yes: 26
No: 2

If so, which?
Thumb: 13
Middle Fingers: 4
Index and Middle Finger: 3
Ring and Pinky Fingers: 1
One Finger: 1
Thumb and Finger: 4
N/A: 2

Did you encourage the sucking, or did it just happen?
Just Happened: 21
I Encouraged It: 0
Happened Even Though We Tried Pacis: 5
N/A: 2

Have you seen any problems associated with the sucking? If so, what?
N/A: 2
No: 13
Yes: 13

Details:
  • Callous/Blister: 2
  • Teeth/Gums: 5
  • Can Aggravate Skin: 4
  • Addicted: 1
  • Communicated with thumb in mouth: 1
Do you limit the sucking at all?
N/A: 2
No: 6
Child Limits: 6
Yes: 14
  • Allow only at sleep time: 12
  • Didn't at first but do now:  1
What age did you wean from the sucking?
N/A: 18
Under 12 Months: 2
12-15 Months: 2
15-18 Months:
19-24 Months: 
2-2.5 Years: 1
2.5-3 Years: 1
3 Year Old:
4 Year Old: 2
5 Year Old: 2

If you have weaned, what method did you use?
N/A: 18
Weaned Self: 4
Limiting Sucking: 5
Glove on hand at night: 1

Andrea said: "I told him one day that he could only suck his thumb in his crib. He almost started crying. When he started to suck again, I picked him up and started walking toward his crib to put him in it. He stopped immediately."

Ranae said: "Right now we are just reminding, but I think we'll have to try something more. I've heard good things about the book "David Decides About Thumbsucking."

How did your child handle the weaning?
N/A: 18
Great!: 8
Too Soon to Know: 1
Hard But Trying: 1
Any tips for moms of thumb/finger sucking?Emily said: "his dr warned that finger-suckers tend to get sick more often which makes total sense, so we try to be careful about hand washing."
Jillian said: "It is more convenient then trying to find a paci all night long, but I do think weanin from a paci would be easier."

Nikole said: "Don't allow them to do it during the day, because that can more negatively affect their teeth. Only allow it for soothing at naps/bed"

Emily said: "Personally I love it because once he started doing it (around 4 months) he slept MUCH better and was able to self-sooth better. :) Of course we haven't tried weaning yet (he is 2) so that might be a whole other ball game - but so far I've had no issues."

Ashley said: "He associates thumb sucking with having his blanket, so we try to keep his blanket in his crib only. "

Jessie said: "I did a bit of research, and what I found at the time is the less you make a big deal of it, the easier it is to wean. That is why I decided not to pull it out of his mouth. However, only time will tell!"

Kathelle said: "With regards to weaning, my son wouldn't take food as he was too busy sucking his thumb so I gave him his own spoon to concentrate on. Then he ate fine."

Alex said: "Try to teach them to only do it at bed and nap time! I'm so glad he always associated it with his lovey."

Andrea: "At times it's wonderful! You never need to think about bringing it with you, losing it, or dropping it. But weaning is definitely tough because their thumb is always with them."

The Teacher said: "I did my own research( ha) and I think they sleep better, can soothe themselves better and are healthier because constant bombardment of germs- immune system in high alert always "

Amanda said: "I have a finger sucker and one that takes a paci, I think they both have their pros and cons although I have not dealt with weaning either (23 months and 8 months). In the long run I do think the paci may be easier to wean from, but we will see" 

me said: "Obviously in my daughter's case there were no problems. I myself however sucked my thumb for many years and I know my parents tried everything."

Leigh said: "Start saving for braces now!"

ziggyslp said: "I like that it is limited to bedtime simply for the germ factor. Part of her bedtime routine is washing her hands so I know they are at least mostly clean. If we are out and about I really don't want her putting her thumb in her mouth."

Allison said: "I would recommend not letting it go as long as we have." (five years)

Jessica said: " Just let it happen."

Emily said: "Do everything U can to avoid finger sucking!!!!! I hope to never have a finger sucker again but I truly don't think it was up to us. She instantly took to them and it's not really something in a parents control!"
 
Would you allow thumb/finger sucking again?
Yes: 15
No: 1
Undecided: 2
Try Not To, But Okay If Happens: 4

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