Saying "Bye-Bye" to Binkie

Posted on 2/25/2022

What age should children stop using a binkie? Our 3-year-old still loves his for night only. Any ideas how to approach taking it away?

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No more bottles!

Posted on 1/27/2021

Hello, My 2.5 yr old boy still uses a bottle to self soothe at night. This habit was created from living in a one bedroom apartment and trying to keep him quiet through the night when he was...

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Concerned Over Thumbsucking

Posted on 7/11/2020

My amost 4 years old, born Oct 28, 2016 is sucking her two fingers especially at night. This is causing injury to her fingers and may affect her teeth. I can't get her to stop. She does it to...

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How to Stop Thumb Sucking

Posted on 5/13/2020

Our 4 1/2 year old still sucks his thumb when he's tired or bored. We call him out on it when we see it. I've looked online, but all the advice is pretty much 'feed and reward them', 'discuss it...

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Hold Me! Never Let Me Go!

Posted on 1/8/2020

My daughter (age 2) demands to be held an excessive amount. By "excessive amount", I mean hours in a row. The more holding I give her, the more she demands. She gets furious when put down before...

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Ignoring Bad Habits

Posted on 11/25/2019

My 9-year-old daughter still puts things in her mouth and chews on them like a toddler: Lego pieces, wrappers, etc. It seems like she has an oral fixation and always needs to be chewing or sucking...

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"Mouthy" 5 y/o

Posted on 7/1/2018

My daughter is 5 1/2 years old. She will be starting kindergarten in the fall. She has always put things in her mouth (fingers, toys, pens) - anything she has in her hands she puts in her mouth....

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If it Feels Good...

Posted on 6/8/2018

I am a stay at home mom who has 4 kids, ages 5, 4, 2, and 6 months. My 4 year old daughter started masturbating or "rolling," as we call it, around 2.5 years old. She seems to do this just when...

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3 year old boy should keep his lovie

Posted on 10/15/2017

I have read "The Well Behaved Child" and I have been implementing the ticket system for three days with my three year old son. Today he lost all of his tickets after a complete melt-down at...

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Cry Baby 3 year old

Posted on 7/25/2017

Hi, I have a 3 and a half year old boy that I need help with. He has always been more sensitive than your average child (I also have a 5 and 2 year old girls so I do have a comparison of what...

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21 month old - Potty Training Continued

Posted on 6/2/2017

In another post, we explained our issue with potty training our 21 month old and received a response which clarified our issue, however we are still confused about how to proceed. In a nutshell,...

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Hard Rocker

Posted on 5/9/2017

Our 5 year old adopted child was born drug addicted, had a trach and gtube for first 4 years of her life. In NICU for first 6 months. To comfort herself she rocks back and forth, slams her back...

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Ending a soothing bad habit

Posted on 4/4/2017

My son has had a habit of chewing on his knuckle fairly regularly (and has a big callus on his middle finger to show for it), but recently it's become more frequently and has extended to other...

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Weaning From the Pacifier

Posted on 3/6/2017

On the recommendation of her doctor, we're trying to reduce dependence on, and eventually get rid of, our daughter's paci. She is 2 months from her second birthday and very, very attached, a...

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Thumb sucking 7 year old.

Posted on 12/29/2016

My daughter is 7 and has been sucking her thumb or a finger since a toddler. I have read your advice for confining to a room and am going to try it. When she sucks her thumb, she also likes to...

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Follow-up to thumb sucking 7 year old.

Posted on 12/29/2016

Hi I want to post a brief follow-up question to Gretchen's answer about my 7 year old sucking her thumb and touching herself, which I really appreciate. We have tried many things over the...

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3 yo girl wears same shirt every day

Posted on 7/14/2016

My daughter is three and likes to wear this cute lil fox shirt. She has two of them and wears them everyday almost. She is also in preschool. The shirts are always clean when she wears them. In...

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Thumb sucking

Posted on 4/29/2016

Out of the blue, my 4 yr old daughter has started sucking her thumb. We tell her to stop, she does, but then every so often she starts back up again. What can I do?

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Thumb Sucking

Posted on 3/8/2016

My 7 year old son has sucked his thumb forever. And, this is not just sucking when tired or in bed or when riding in the car or reading or watching a movie. It has always been constant. When he...

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27 month old "Baby"

Posted on 10/6/2014

My 27 month old daughter has started wanting to pretend she is a baby. She insists I hold her like a baby, feed her from a toy bottle, burp her, put a pacifier in her mouth (she has never even...

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Please Sleep!

Posted on 9/24/2014

My 29 month old daughter wakes up consistently throughout the night. (Anywhere from 1-5x/night). We got rid of her pacifier recently (she would wake up, not find it and cry, yell or come into our...

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4 year old : thumb sucking at preschool

Posted on 6/6/2013

Our daughter is 4 and a half years old. About 9months ago she acquired the habit of sucking her thumb from a preschool classmate.Classmate is no longer in the school and she has continued the...

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picking at sores

Posted on 1/12/2011

I could not find any reference to this issue in your archives. Our 9 year old daughter picks at her sores, wherever one will appear, and has done so for several years. They will be almost...

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Thumbsucking - Advice in a Nutshell

Posted on 7/10/2008

I searched your database regarding thumbsucking. Our 4, almost 5, year old son has just started this behavior and his father and I are at a loss as to how to get him to stop. I found some...

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Thumb Sucking

Posted on 12/19/2006

Our son is about to turn 7 and sucks his thumb very often. What are effective approaches to get him to stop? Many varying efforts have failed: Nice polite requests of removal, reward systems...

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