My 4 year old daughter sucked her finger constantly, daytime and at night. Her dentist told me that she really had to stop thumb sucking or she risked permanent pallet damage that will cost a lot to fix later. Her mouth was already shaping around her thumb. The dentist told us about the Nipit and said it is the best product available. Our daughter loved the cute colorful design and willingly cooperated, and the motivational program and calendar and stickers all worked brilliantly! After three weeks we declared victory!! THANK YOU Nipit!
The materials are really good, and it is very well made. It has stretchy neoprene that is on quality sports products, soft minkee, and the calendar and stickers and included parent guide are thoughtfully designed. Nipit is so easy to put on, and has optional “easy locks” (zip ties) that let you fasten it so it is hard for your child to get off. My daughter, who is five, really liked the colors and asks for it on her own before bed. Wow!
After trying the nail polish on my seven year old for a week I was about to give up. Amazon recommends mavala stop very high for thumb sucking but it did not work at all. My son got used to the taste in just a couple days and it didn’t bother him at all when sleeping. I liked the nipit because the fingers are kept free, and after one week we noticed a big change in the habit! Hugely happy! Recommendation: follow the plan, and give lots of positive encouragement to your little one.
Super fast shipping! Our 6 year old has been sucking his thumb since birth & we tried everything else (thumb guard, nail polish, bribes) to get him to stop with no success. Last night was our first night using the Nipit Hand Stopper. He can get his thumb to his mouth if he pushes and bends hard but he can’t hold it too long, and he fell asleep without sucking! He went through all sorts of emotions until he finally fell asleep but he woke up in a great mood! I’ve been in the dental field for 15 years and know the importance of getting him to stop. I would recommend this product 100%!
We ended up going through the whole sticker chart, and then some, but our 5-year-old daughter really bought into this concept and would remind us each night if we’d forget to put it on her. She liked putting a sticker on the chart each morning she kept it on through the night, and after each week we’d reward her with a small toy or treat–I think the combo of the arm band plus earning rewards helped to keep her engaged and dedicated to kicking her habit. We tried other DIY solutions, but this was the only thing that worked. This clever invention gets 5 stars from us!
My 3 year old was in danger of losing his finger from infection after infection only exasperated by his finger sucking. I bought product after product with no resolve. I was desperate and bought this! It worked! It is sooo simple I thought it would never work. But it did!!! His finger and nail are saved and it is because of nipit!
It was a little bit big for our 4 year old, but worked perfectly in the end. He ‘kicked’ the habit with this product after about 2 weeks of wearing it during the day and night and then we left it on at night for a few more days. Assuming each kid is different, (cried the first night and complained the first couple of days), but he got used to it after a couple of days and then just resigned himself to stop. Could tell he didn’t even notice it by the 4th day.
Having tried a bunch of other products, this really seems to be the only that works because it takes away the child’s choice to thumb-suck or not. When we used the nail stuff, he just sucked it off because not having his thumb was apparently worse than tasting the nastiness and charts were no help since the thumb-sucking was not something he was aware of; it just ended up in his mouth all the time.
I also reached out to the company for advice in the beginning and they were very responsive + checked back after 10 days to see how things were going.
Still my daughter (3 1/2) did not want to wear it, until we examined the calendar with stickers. Finally she agreed. With a great deal of force, pushing her neck forward, and sometimes pushing with the other hand, she would be able to suck her thumb. The guide say this is normal so we kept going. And it is true, after a 2-3 days she stopped Forcing it, and then every day was less. Don’t panic if your child stretches their neck forward at first, because they will stop after some time. After almost one month my daughter was finally free of the bad habit.
Nipit is great because it did not cover her hand, and she did everything normally – just not suck her thumb. We tried two other products, including nail polish and thumb guard. Those had no chance of working. Nipit worked really great at night especially, the others did not at all. Nipit is a great invention, just have realistic expectation.
When I first put it on my son I was amazed how well it worked. My son is 8 and has sucked his thumb since age 1. James has been wearing the thumb stopper for a week and we are about ready to declare victory. We tried the foul-tasting nail polish unsuccessfully, afterwards read reviews on other products, and even talked with our pediatrician. I was surprised to find that the Nipit, literally, stopped him from sucking his thumb. It is actually quite amusing. When he bends his arm Nipit stops his elbow from bending any more and literally stops his thumb right as he’s about to suck it.
The product is extremely well made and is durable. The material is soft with happy colors. On the inside there is a spongy cushion. My advice is to put it on as loose as possible still making sure it is tight enough not to come off.
It is super easy to put on and adjust. On the third night James put it on himself (although upside down). Velcro straps make it easily adjustable to difference arm sizes. The “stopper” on the inside of the elbow is what prevents the hand from reaching the face.
I’m sure this would fit a 3 year old just fine, and kids a little older than James (8) too. If your child is much bigger than average then measure your child’s elbow before buying – AROUND THE ELBOW.
Although we did not use them, it includes 50 zip-ties that can lock the straps on so your child cannot take Nipit off. I can see how this would be useful for some kids who are really stubborn, but they sure wouldn’t like it. At least the threat of using the zipties would probably get most kids to cooperate.
I can’t think of any negatives.
My 20 month old daughter was a habitual thumb sucker. Nothing we did could stop her or deter her from the habit. Did the bitter nail paint, and constant reminders to remove her thumb from her mouth….the nail paint lasted for a day and then she just worked through that taste too.
I saw this device and thought it would be about the only thing that might work that she couldn’t take off or get around. The first couple of hours were complete hell, her throwing a couple of crying tantrums and having a meltdown or two. Bedtime that night was terrible, but I put her to bed an hour later than usual, so as to shorten the first time falling asleep without her source of self soothing she has learned since she was 3 months old, so she’d be very tired and ready to fall asleep.
Yes, she could still get her thumb in her mouth if she tried REALLY hard, but it was difficult and caused her discomfort and as soon as she fell asleep it would slip out of her mouth. Since I was trying to accomplish getting the thumb out of her mouth during the nighttime this satisfied me greatly, especially considering it was just the first night.
That was 7 days ago. Today my daughter doesn’t suck her thumb at all while wearing the Nipit and I’ve found that if I align the stiff brace like part of the device with the back of her elbow and make it pretty snug she also can no longer put it in her mouth at all. Since they say that breaking a habit takes about 21 days I feel that we have another two weeks to go before it is something that will stick. However, I do take the Nipit off several hours a day when we are doing activities or playing outside and she is going to be fully stimulated enough that she wouldn’t even think of her thumb.
Overall I think this device is pretty ingenious and is certainly working. You have to stick with it and also re-adjust it from time to time, but it is definitely worth it if you are bothered by the habit or worried about any future dental damage that might occur if thumb sucking went on much longer than 2 years of age.
In full disclosure….I did convince my daughter that this Nipit was a “Hero Arm” and gave her powers….now she wants to keep it on!!!