Will had his first dentist appointment right after he turned 3. The dentist said that Will needed to stop sucking his thumb or he'd have to have a metal retainer placed in his mouth for 6 months. The dentist said Will had 6 months to stop sucking his thumb. I found a bitter solution called Mavala Stop to paint on his thumb nail. One morning I talked to Will and told him he was too big to suck his thumb, and that I'd paint something on his thumb to remind him not to suck his thumb. I told him he could have something if he stopped sucking his thumb, and he chose a sand box. The first day with the solution on his thumb was awful! Will didn't know what to do without his thumb. He had a hard time sleeping and was irritable. I felt so bad for him. Luckily, this was short lived. I applied the bitter solution to his thumb for about 5 weeks, and he doesn't suck his thumb anymore! He has done so well. I'm so proud of him.
Jeff wasn't very happy about it, but he built Will a sand box in the back yard. The boys love it! It keeps them entertained for hours.