Fun thumb & finger guards to help stop thumb sucking

Why buy from Thumbsie®?

Maybe you have decided that a thumb or finger guard is the way forward and you have researched the options. If you have chosen to buy a fabric guard you might be asking “why buy from Thumbsie®?”

We want children to succeed. We want it to be as fun as possible for them. Thumbsie® is the only website in the UK dedicated to helping children to stop thumb and finger sucking. We don’t do anything else!

When I started making fabric thumb guards there were no other options in the UK and I wanted to design a product with the child in mind. I wanted them to be comfy to wear, fun and above all something that the child would want to wear. I believe that this is the first step to stopping the habit. The feedback that I have had since starting out tells me that I have achieved this.

I have ensured that the fabric thumb and finger guards are comfy to wear and have taken feedback from parents’ on board adapting the design over the past five years:

  • Thumbsie® thumb and finger guards do not cover too much of the actual hand making every day activities possible without restriction.
  • There are five different sizes ensuring a good fit, we offer a bespoke service too it you or your child needs a larger guard (we have helped adults too).
  • Thought has been given to the length of the seam between the thumb and finger to try and ensure that it comes down far enough that the child shouldn’t be able to slip it off but not too far down that it cuts in.
  • The way the Velcro is sewn ensures that it won’t get caught on other fabrics and other items of clothing.
  • Time is spent researching and looking for the right fabrics. Its great to hear that children (even older children) think the designs are “cool” enough for school or that they are their favorite animal.
  • We use only 100% cotton so that they still look great after being washed. We chose darker fabrics too so that they don’t have to be washed as often.

It takes time to make as each fabric guard as they are sewn, turned inside out, ironed, sewn, velcro added and the web seam sewn. All of this is done to make them as comfortable as possible for the child but does mean they can’t be rushed.

Reward charts are offered to encourage children to stop thumb and finger sucking, there is a book, written by a dentist, to purchase to accompany your Thumbsies® and to read to your child. Once children have given up sucking there’s a success certificate that is happily given free of charge to say “well done”.

I feel very passionate about helping children in a kind and positive way and really appreciate when I hear from happy parents that I have helped their child stop thumb sucking. Its lovely to know that I have helped prevent them wearing a brace, or given them confidence that they won’t be bullied anymore or as one mum wrote “you given my child her voice back”.

Thumbsies® has helped many children to stop thumb and finger sucking in a positive way.

In 2017 Thumbsie® was nominated in the Best Business Women Awards and was a finalist in two categories – Best online business and Best consumer product. Whilst I didn’t win it was a great evening and a wonderful achievement.

Thumbsie® has reached the finales for the Best Online Business in Aylesbury Vale in The 5 Star Business Awards. The awards recognises the best businesses, the best boss and the best employee that are based within Aylesbury Vale or trade within it. The winners will be announced at the Awards Ball on 15th November.

So why buy from Thumbsie®? Sometimes its worth paying a little more, after all you are investing if your child’s future. My mum always used to say “you only get what you pay for”!

Thanks for reading – Jo Bates

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