My 5 year-old daughter wants to stop sucking her thumb, but somehow, when she's tired or bored or hungry, her thumb finds its way back into her mouth. She's trying to kick the habit, but she's frustrated with (and I think a little embarrassed by) grown-up reminders.
We've tried putting a bandaid on her thumb to remind her, but it invariably fell off halfway through the day. We gave her a sparkly thumb ring to wear, but it got uncomfortable so she'd take it off. As soon as the props were gone, she'd suck her thumb again.
So, I did what every parent does when they've got a parenting problem: I Googled. After reading every thumbsucking remedy I could find, I came across this handmade cloth thumb guard on eBay. Each is sewn to fit by the lovely dparks1000 of Andersonville, Tennessee.
My daughter was thrilled with the idea, and picked a dragonfly print for her thumb guard. I ordered it (along with my daughter's hand measurements), and it was on its way via priority mail the next day.
Well, it's Day 2 and she hasn't sucked her thumb at school at all. She loves how it feels (it's soft enough not to interfere with writing or playing but sturdy enough to withstand daily washing), and her friends think it's cool. Best of all, she's proud of her accomplishment. I think we're on our way.