I am over the thumb. Littlest is not. So, folks, it is that time. This is foreign to me, because Biggest didn’t need weaning at all. He gave up his bottle voluntarily.
He spat out every pacifier we ever gave him.
He is entirely unconcerned with which blanket he sleeps with, and the same holds true for his critters.
So being in uncharted waters, with a child who, after initial success, has discovered his undying affection for Thumb… What do I do?
Our first efforts were simply removing his thumb from his mouth when he put it in. Once that failed, we tried the “too big for Thumb” route. Littlest responded with stuffing his hand back in his mouth and grinning. My latest undertaking was lemon juice.
Me: (after trying the above methods) Ok, I’m going to have to help. *rub lemon juice on Thumb*
Littlest: *inserts thumb in mouth* Yucky!
Me: Yep, it’s time for Thumb to go.
Littlest: *tries again* Yuck!!!
Me: Sorry, buddy, but it’s not good for you anymore.
Littlest: Yuck! *stuffs Thumb in mouth* *Thumb remains in mouth* *Mother thwarted*
Clearly, I’m going to have to be more creative. I’m open to suggestions.