Our Full Review
NIPIT is the best product to stop thumb sucking for ages 2-7 for several reasons. This company has really thought about the why the habit is so hard to break and why other products are not that effective. Most other products on the market cover the hand or fingers making them difficult to wear during certain times of the day or during certain activities and some still do not address the root of the problem – the oral fixation and the stimulus the child receives when they engage in the habit.
NIPIT’s innovative design prevents the elbow from fully bending and stops the thumb or fingers from comfortably reaching the mouth. This product is successful at interrupting the behavior of any hand-oral fixation entirely. Unlike other devices, NIPIT leaves the hands and fingers totally free for play, stays on, and was designed for comfort. The elbow brace will not interfere with fine motor skill development. Instead of device covering the hand, NIPIT is worn around the elbow. There are a few benefits to this design that no other anti-thumbsucking product can claim. With your child’s fingers totally free they develop normally while breaking the habit.
Products that cover a finger or the entire hand such as the thumb guard or glove, collect germs, slobber or both. If the finger cover is rubber or silicone, the child may still suck or chew on the product, the oral fixation is not deterred. Kids seem to think NIPIT is “cool” because of its colorful design and soft material. There is a good chance your child will actually like wearing it – as we all know, child collaboration is essential to success.
The NIPIT Hand Stopper is for children ages 2-7, fitting an elbow circumference measuring 5″-9″ (14-22 cm). It could possibly fit a child younger than 2 or older than 7 as the fit is based on the elbow circumference measurement. Manufactured with high quality neoprene, will hold up to everyday use and may even hold up long enough to use with a second child. The two velcro straps allow easy and comfortable adjustments.
NIPIT is designed with a “stopper” that is positioned at the inside crook of the elbow (where the elbow bends). When the hand reaches for the face to suck a finger, the stopper is engaged and applies firm pressure to the forearm and bicep at the same time. There is a cushion pad sewn inside so the stopper won’t hurt the arm. Imagine holding a deck of cards on the inside crease of your elbow and trying to bend your arm, hands towards the face. It is difficult to reach the fingers to the face with the obstructed elbow. This firm pressure takes the comfort and pleasure out of the habit. In some cases, the child may be able to reach the tips of their finger(s) into their mouth, but only with great effort. Again, the comfort associated with the oral habit is interrupted, thus eliminating the habit. The first one or two days of wearing NIPIT for thumbsucking or fingersucking are the most difficult, most see dramatic changes in behavior in as soon as 3-5 days. NIPIT works great day or night.
NIPIT put a lot of thought into the comfort of the product by adding a super soft Minkee material lining.
It is not obvious to others why the child is wearing the brace, which may save your child some embarrassment. NIPIT’s design is gender neutral or “superhero” cool, sporting bright red and blue like Superman or Supergirl that both boys and girls like. You may be surprised how excited your child is to try it on and you may be able to convince them NIPIT gives them the “superpower” they need to stop thumb sucking!
NIPIT is actually a kit, it comes with a colorful reward chart and stickers to help the parent and child set a goal, track success and motivate the child along the way. These extra items are an extremely valuable component to the process of habit elimination.
Many thumb suckers will develop sores or calluses on the fingers from the habit, and even from plastic thumb guards that attach to the hand. Nipit is ideal because its hands-free design allows the fingers to heal.
Nipit is washable in cold water (must hang-dry). And unlike the TGuard or Dr. Thumb, it will not collect slobber, germs and dirt that could end up in the mouth. Hand washing is easy with NIPIT and can be done with NIPIT on. Nipit is the best product to stop thumb or finger sucking. Visit the comparison page to review the best stop thumb sucking products.
- 100% will stop thumbsucking
- Comfortable, hands-free design
- Kids like wearing it
- The Super Success Program and the Reward chart and sticker are a bonus
- One size fits all kids ages 2-7, right or left arm
- not for infants/babies
- one color option
It works well for the motivated child and the most stubborn child. It includes 20 disposable “Easylocks.” The Easylocks completely optional. They are just zip-ties and may be used as needed to secure the Velcro straps in place which prevents the straps from being pulled open by the child. This is a great deterrent for a child who may try to remove the device. In most cases where the ties are used, they are not needed after a few days once the child becomes familiar with NIPIT.
For decades dentists have recommended using the ACE bandage wrapped-around-the-elbow at night as an elbow sleeve to stop nighttime thumbsuckers. The problem with this solution is the difficulty getting the bandage on just right and also kids can still suck while falling asleep. Nipit is essentially just an improvement on that time-tested, dentist recommended method. This is (probably) why dentists recommend NIPIT to stop thumb sucking.
Pediatric dentists recommend that children stop finger sucking and thumb sucking as early as age three. However, once the permanent teeth come in around 5-6 years old it becomes extremely important to stop.
NIPIT is a KIT that includes: 1 NIPIT hand stopper to stop thumbsucking, 1 Parent Success Guide, Success Chart + 48 Stickers, and 20 Easylocks. The Nipit customer support is also very good.
OUR FINAL CONCLUSION
- Nipit stops the behavior of finger sucking by limiting the elbow movement.
- Most effective, adjustable, comfortable, washable, discreet, superhero colors.
- Does not fit small babies (under 2) or extra large children (over 7), one color option.