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Help your child to stop thumb sucking before starting school

Help your child to stop thumb sucking before starting school

Is your child starting ‘big school’ for the first time this September, and if so, are you prepared? Never mind the shiny new shoes, bright book bag and colour co-ordinating hair accessories... have you stocked up on tissues, bought some good coffee and got a friend on speed dial in case you need support leaving the playground after drop-off? Watching your[...]
Toddler thumb sucking

How to stop thumb sucking

Thumb and Finger sucking are totally natural for young children and babies. Children often suck their thumb or finger right from birth, or even before; it is a natural habit which can bring comfort, reassurance and relaxation. Most children give up sucking easily before starting school, but in some cases that doesn’t happen naturally.  Once adult teeth start to grow in,[...]
Stop child thumb sucking

Thumb Shaped Teeth at 18 months!

I always thought I would be waiting until 4 or 5, but after her 3 and a half year old dental check Aurelia was really interested in stopping sucking. "My daughter, Aurelia, sucked her thumb from 10 weeks old. Even at her first dental check, at 18 months, her “thumb-shaped teeth” were pointed out to me. However, I wanted to[...]
Problem with thumb sucking: teeth

The Problems with Thumb Sucking

Many parents will be relieved to know that thumb sucking is a natural reflex. It often starts in the womb and makes babies feel secure, safe and comforted. But there are problems associated with thumb sucking. And these problems can increase the more a child sucks their thumb. Thumb sucking in itself is not necessarily a cause for concern, but[...]
Tips for establishing a bedtime routine

Tips for establishing a bedtime routine

It’s Friday night, there is a gin and tonic with your name on it in the kitchen, you can hear the bubbles popping and the ice melting.  Only one thing stands between you and that gin, your reward for bargaining with, cleaning up after, feeding, entertaining and educating your child all week - and that is getting that child to[...]
Fairy and Wellies thumb sucking blog

A Fairy Outfit and Wellies

Children, in my experience, have a very strong opinion about what they will and won’t wear.  On a January day trip to a local bird sanctuary, my daughter, who was 2 at the time, insisted on wearing her fairy outfit on top of her duffle coat, and twinned it (as that fashion cliché goes) with her wellies and a wand. [...]
Stop child thumb sucking

Fun in the Sun Competition

The school summer holidays are nearly here and we have two fun competitions for your children to enter whilst they are trying to give up thumb or finger sucking. We want to show children that stopping digit sucking can be a fun and positive experience, so let's have some fun in the sun this holiday. Your child can enter one[...]
Rewarding Behaviour

Rewarding Behaviour

Everybody loves a treat, whether it’s a piece of cake after a run, an extra hour in bed or a glass of wine on a Friday night. We all like to be appreciated and receive recognition for our efforts….in short, to be rewarded. Giving up thumb, or finger sucking for a child who might have done so since birth, is[...]
Prince Louis thumb sucker

Is Prince Louis a Thumb Sucker? He is Certainly No Dummy…

It was heartening, last weekend, to see the Duchess of Cambridge gently remove her son Louis’ thumb from his mouth as they watched the Trooping of the Colour flypast from the Buckingham Palace balcony.  She did what most mother’s do when they want their children to stop a habit – she distracted him.  He took his thumb out of his[...]
Why reading with your child is more than just for fun….

Why Reading with Your Child is More Than Just for Fun….

Reading a book with your child often concludes a tiring day of caring for them. It is the moment when you’d rather reach for a glass of wine rather than a book you feel you must have read at least 200 times! You have just got them out of the bath (along with all the trauma that entails) and settled[...]
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