skip to navigation
Pampers® Village a place to grow
Welcome! Join now or Log in
USA | EN - ES

Thumb-Sucking and Other Baby Soothing Techniques

0   people commented
on this article
 
70
 
0


 

Thumb-sucking isn’t just a quirky behavior of babies and young children. It’s actually a normal and natural part of early childhood development. Here’s why it’s acceptable for your baby to do it.

Why your baby sucks her thumb

Sucking is an instinctive behavior for newborns. Sucking on their thumb or fingers is one of the ways babies soothe themselves, and can provide comfort when they're tired or unsettled. You may be tempted to discourage thumb-sucking to prevent your baby’s teeth from coming in crooked, but it’s better to let her indulge in the habit for now. (If you can wean your baby off thumb-sucking by age 4, when permanent teeth come in, it won’t affect her pearly whites.) In the short term, the ability to self-comfort will help your baby fall asleep faster, as well as fall back to sleep on her own after waking at night.

Other baby soothing techniques that work

Most babies experience crying spells, often in the late afternoon. If this happens with your baby, you'll want to first check to see if she’s hungry, tired, or uncomfortable. Don’t fret if you can’t seem to find a reason. Baby crying doesn't always mean something is wrong. It can be a normal part of baby development, caused by a maturing nervous system.

 
 

 
 
0

Member comments

You might also like

10   people commented
on this article
 
597
 
10
Whether you're a new parent or an old pro, you probably wonder from time to time if your baby is getting enough sleep. (You know you're not getting enough!) Check out these handy age-based sleep guidelines.
Read Baby Sleep Patterns
1   people commented
on this article
 
659
 
1
Our clever newborns quickly figure out that sucking on their fingers is soothing when they're upset. We can help comfort our babies, too, by rocking them, swinging them in a swing, or carrying them in a front pack. Get more comfort tips.
Read Soothing Sucking and Other Comfort Measures