So my kid has been sucking her thumb since she was in the womb. She had to put her own spin on it by using boh-bah's. If you haven't read that post, you really should go check it out.
Fast forward five years. We told her when she was four that when she turned five and started kindergarten she had to stop. We have tried everything. The nasty fingernail polish, wearing gloves, scare tactics...germ phobia, nasty teeth, we gave her the "big kid" talk, you know the "only babies suck their thumb, you are a big kid now....blah, blah, blah, blah, blah". Didn't work.
During the day it isn't so bad, unless she is watching TV. So when she is watching a show she has to wear a mitten or glove. A very common phrase in our house is "Thumb Out!". At night time is when the thumbsucking is at its worst. So I have resorted to "the sock".
It worked for the first two nights we tried it. But then we noticed that in the middle of the night she would pull it off. So then we started pinning it, yes safety pinning it to her jammies.
That worked until she wriggled her thumb through a couple of badly placed pins. Maya usually falls asleep after Eden and she would yell "I hear her sucking! She got it out!"
So now we are using up to seven pins and a longer sock to keep that thumb out.
This HAS to work. The only thing left is cutting off her darn thumb! I would love some suggestions. My friend Amy suggested that we should just humiliate Eden until she stops. Which explains a lot about that family...now we know why Mike is so sensitive and why Aidan calls baby Jack names all the time. (I'm totally kidding...we love those guys)
For now we'll keep pinning and hope for the best!