Baby's First Year: Week 15 (Thumb-Sucking)


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Meet first-time mom starburst1680. She's sharing the roller coaster ride of her first year of motherhood. Check back every week for all the emotion and exhaustion — right up until Kathryn Grace's first birthday.

Week 15:

Kathryn has discovered her thumb and how to isolate it. Now she is sucking on it quite often. This worries me some. I don't want to have to try to get her to stop sucking her thumb when she gets older. I would much rather break her of a pacifier habit than her thumb. However, it is awfully cute and it is nice that she has a method of self-soothing that works quite well.


Yesterday I got a few really good giggles from Kathryn. I finally heard clear, unmistakable giggles. I probably look really silly when I am doing what I have found makes her giggle but I don't care. If it makes her laugh I will do just about anything because that laugh and smile is soooo precious!

Challenges & Concerns:

I am slowly winning the battle of crib sleeping. Last night she finally went to sleep in her crib and slept there for a few hours for the first time in a few weeks. If I didn't have a time I had to get up, I would have worked with her a little more. I have been putting her down when she is sleepy but not asleep. Last night she was actually pretty much asleep but when I put her sleep sack on she woke up a bit so she was able to see that she was in her crib before she went to sleep for the night. I finished The No Cry Sleep Solution and have found some really good tips. I think I have been misreading some of Kathryn's cues. I think I was not recognizing some of the sleepy and gas cues for what they were. Now that I am seeing those more I am using that info to get her to sleep.

Has your baby started sucking his/her thumb? If so, did you go the pacifier route or just let them suck on their thumb?

(We're celebrating starburst168's first year with baby, so thanks for keeping your judgments about parenting choices to yourself!)


Previous Weeks:

Week 14: Tummy Time and Growth Spurt

Week 13: Transitioning to Crib

Week 12: Date Night

Week 11: First Road Trip & First Giggle

Week 10: Formula Supplement

Week 9: Not Pooping!

Week 8: Rolling Over

Week 7: First Bath

Week 6: Going Back to Work

Week 5: Baby's First Christmas

Week 4: Sleeping Less, Not More

Week 3: First Giggle

Week 2: First Outings

Week 1: Meet Mom and Baby

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