Great For Everyday Use
Manufactured with high quality neoprene, NIPIT will hold up with everyday use and may even hold up long enough to use with a second child. The two Velcro straps allow easy and comfortable adjustments.Order Now
Positioning yourself between the child and their oral habit is not easy. The thumb or finger has been a safe and…Read More
The Super Success Program
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Reasons to Break the Habit
Thumb Sucking Teeth
Prolonged sucking may cause a severe overbite and improper growth of the mouth and roof of the mouth (ref 1), that can lead to expensive braces and even surgery or speech therapy. NIPIT can save you THOUSANDS of dollars. The sooner they stop the less damage is caused.
Germs Make Us Sick
The NIPIT Hand Stopper is the only product designed to break the oral habit, and may reduce spread of germs by keeping fingers out of your childs mouth.
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)
“…if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, a thumb sucking mouth appliance may be recommended by your pediatric dentist (ref 2).” The good news is that the mouth usually returns to its natural shape if thumb/finger sucking is stopped before age six.
Social Aloofness and Teasing
By kindergarten, kids who suck their thumb often become a target for bullying. Your child may end up spending time alone instead of interacting with the others. Kids who stop sucking their thumb become more involved in social activities, and discover a new world quite literally at their finger tips!
Positioning yourself between the child and their oral habit is not easy. The thumb or finger has been a safe
and soothing companion to your child since birth in many cases. We have discovered motivation and positive
reinforcement plays a huge role in stopping the habit. We have learned the best way to stop the habit is to
guide and encourage the child by tapping into their own willpower and using the power of positivity with a
playful approach using their own wonderful imagination.
NIPIT embraces these ideas by sporting superhero cool colors and using the playful idea of wrapping the elbow instead of covering the fingers, allowing the child to feel they are trying something new instead of taking something they value away.
NIPIT is actually a kit, it comes with a colorful reward chart and stickers to help the parent and child set goals, track success, and motivate the child along the way.
We recommend you work with your child by offering a special reward for successful completion of the program and stopping the habit. The greatest reward will come from your child exercising their own willpower and realizing at a young age they can do whatever they put their mind to!
The Super Success Program
Motivation is not just for kids – parents need guidance (and encouragement) too…
We’ve been coaching parents and kids since 2014! We have poured all of our experience and customer feedback into an easy-to-follow program custom tailored for you.
Your NIPIT purchase includes the NIPIT Hand Stopper, a motivational Reward Chart for your child, a Parent Guide and a few timely coaching emails.
We know there will be ups and downs along the way, we are here to help you deal with unexpected behaviors and reduce the overall time it takes to break the habit.
Once you and your child overcome this difficult habit together you will find the experience you have gained working with your child applies to all life stages and may be applied to many future parenting adventures to yet to come!
What to Expect
Most children break the habit 5-21 days. It is important to remember each child is unique and each engages in
the habit in their own special way.
It is realistic to expect it to take the full 21 days to eliminate the thumb or finger sucking habit completely, and it may take longer. You may notice a change in the habit in just a few days.
In some cases your child may react emotionally to NIPIT. There may be complaining and difficulty falling asleep. After the initial emotional reaction, the habit will begin to change. We recommend a very regular routine and thinking about how to deal with those emotional moments before they happen and thinking about how they can be avoided.
It is so important to get off on the right foot (or hand) from Day 1. Our program is designed to help you decide when to start and how to be successful once you do.
Once your child has adjusted to wearing NIPIT the habit will start to change significantly, and you’ll notice an increase in confidence and choosing other activities over sucking the thumb or finger. There is an interesting world out there waiting to be discovered!
Once your child has stopped day and night-time thumb sucking, and no longer needs NIPIT, monitor the situation to make sure the habit does not return. In rare cases an emotional event or a stressful situation may trigger the habit to return. In some cases there is an underlying medical condition that may need to be addressed.
When the Habit Breaks
There are many wonderful benefits to the child once they have eliminated the thumb or finger sucking habit. Here are some of our favorites:
- For children under the age of four and younger, the teeth and jaw should realign naturally once thumb sucking ceases.
- The skin and calluses on the finger will heal.
- More engagement with their environment and more curiosity about the world around them.
- Closer parent/child relationship.
- Practice exercising self control.
- Higher self confidence and self worth because they accomplished something significant, and are now a “big kid.”