17 Month Old will only sleep if he sucks my finger!

(4 Posts)
kel41 Fri 04-Apr-14 14:01:47

Help!!!!!

My son would never suck a dummy or his own finger and since birth has only fallen asleep if he can suck my finger! This was fine before the arrival of teeth but now my fingers represent the surface of the moon with huge craters and hard skin left by the biting! Its got to the point where its now so painful I can't let him do it and he screams with frustration and then wont sleep.

I wondered if anybody else has had this or can suggest what to do to get him to comfort himself to sleep rather than be dependant on sucking my finger?

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birdsnotbees Fri 04-Apr-14 14:05:41

You probably just have to tough it out, tbh: decide to stop and then under no circumstances give in and let him do it again! Horrible, I know, but after a few days he'll be ok... I speak as someone who gave up breast feeding my DD at 18 months. She had an epic, 45min tantrum the first night... And then was fine. That 45 mins I spent thinking I'd done the wrong thing, was hideous, but I was tired and knackered and wanted my body back!

quietlysuggests Fri 04-Apr-14 14:09:25

I know this is easier to say than to do, but just stop.
Go away for 2 nights this weekend ,have someone else put him to sleep.
Then don't do the bedtime routine for another week, or do a different version. If you currently bring him up, bathe him, then read him a book as he sucks your finger, switch it up so theres no bath, you read him a book downstairs with no sucking of fingers, then someone else brings him upstairs. Lots of big boy now, new pyjamas perhaps, new bedding.
But really, it stops when you say it stops.

Chipandspuds Fri 04-Apr-14 14:09:30

DS is 2 years old and he sucks his own fingers in his sleep, when he went through a biting phase I gave him a muslin cloth to bite on and that helped a lot, would it be worth trying for your lo?

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