Abby and Zack have always been finger suckers. Abby originally sucked her ring finger. One day I watched her notice that Zack sucked his pointer finger. She looked at her chubby little fingers and switched to her pointer finger too.
There were times when it was really gross, but there were also times when it was incredibly convenient. Johnny and I had been talking about how to get them to stop sucking their fingers for years. He had done a lot of research and learned that it isn’t really damaging until they are about 4. It is also best if you can get them to want to stop sucking their finger.
After we moved to Connecticut and got settled, we decided that it was time. We ordered two tGuard fingerguards. In order to get them on board we promised them a bike once they really stopped. They were excited and supportive. I secretly wondered if they realized what they were getting into!
When they arrived in the mail Abby and Zack were excited… I was nervous.
This is their “LAST SUCK!”
The device is simple and held in place by a wrist band. They got to pick a different color each day. The first day Zack picked pink. (I blame Johnny…)
They had to wear it all the time. Day and night.
It didn’t seem to slow them down at all initially.
After a few hours I think Abby was having second thoughts when she asked “how much does a bike cost??”
That night the novelty really wore off. They were like newborns trying to learn how to sleep again and they woke up every few hours crying and begging me to take them off.
That was the worst of it, mostly because I felt so bad for them. The second night was tons better and after about a week I started taking them off during the day. One night about a week and a half after we had started, I put them to bed and realized later that I had forgotten to put the finger guards on. I went in to check on them and they had fallen asleep without sucking their fingers.
I am still amazed that it worked so fast and was so relatively easy! I would have never guessed that by two weeks they would have completely stopped. We gave it one more week (just for good measure) and then they earned those bikes!
And that… doesn’t suck at all!