Nipit Hand Stopper Review


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100% stops thumb sucking habit without shrouding fingers, ultra soft and comfortable, stays on, and keeps hands free.

One color option, One size option.

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Nipit is the best product to stop thumb sucking because of its innovative design which 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 promotes, rather than interferes with, hand skill development.nip it

The Nipit Hand Stopper is for children ages 2-7, and fits elbow circumferences measuring 5″-9″ (14-22 cm). It is worth it to measure your child’s arm, because Nipit may fit a child older than 7 or be too big for a small 2-year old. It is designed with high quality neoprene, and made in the USA. Imagine holding a deck of cards on the inside crease of your elbow and trying to close your arm, it works somewhat like that. The two velcro straps, and adjustable stopper allows you to make adjustments so it perfectly fits your child.

nip it 3 year oldInstead of your child having to wear a device on his or her hand, Nipit is word around her arm. 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.  There is also no chance of slobber and germ build up as with the thumb guards.  Possibly most importantly, kids seem to think Nipit is “cool” because of its colorful design and soft material, and so they actually like wearing it – as we all know, child collaboration is essential to success.

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 the stopper is engaged and applies firm pressure to the forearm and bicep at the same time. There is a cushion pad sewn into the inside so that the stopper won’t hurt, but it applies firm pressure the more the child tries to suck their thumb.  In some cases the child is able to reach the tips of their finger(s) into their mouth, but only with great effort, and so not for long.  Thus, it is effective at interrupting the comfort associated with the oral habit.  The first one or two days of thumbsucking are the most difficult, most see dramatic changes in behavior in as soon as 3-5 days.

Inside of Nipit – soft Minkee material

Another unique benefit to this design is that it keeps your child’s hands free, unobstructed unlike thumb guards or thumb gloves. The child is happier and more easily distracted with Nipit by the free use of the arm and hands. 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 Super girl that both boys and girls like.  You may be surprised how excited your child is to try it on.

Many thumb suckers will develop sores or calluses on the fingers from sucking, and even from plastic thumb guards that attach to the hand.  Nipit is ideal because its hands-free design allows the fingers to heal.  If your child has bad fingers, he/she will be encouraged by seeing the healing progress while simultaneously breaking the thumb sucking habit.

Although you won’t need to wash it often, 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 end up getting sucked on.  Nipit put a lot of thought into the comfort of the product by adding a super soft fabric lining.  Nipit is the best product to stop thumb or finger sucking. Visit the home comparison page to review the best stop thumb sucking products.

  • 100% will stop thumbsucking
  • Comfortable, hands-free design
  • Kids like wearing it
  • not for infants/babies
  • one color option

It works well for the motivated child and most stubborn child. It includes an optional “easylock system” and 20 disposable “easylocks.” The easylocks are just zip-ties, and if you need to you can use them to secure the Velcro straps in place which prevents the Nipit from being removed.  The need for this feature depends on your child.  In most cases the ties are not needed after a few days.

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For decades dentists have recommended using the ACE bandage wrapped around the elbow at night as an elbow sleeve to help stop nighttime thumbsuckers. The problem with that is that it is difficult to get the bandage on just right and 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 thumbsucking as early as age three. However, once the permanent teeth come in around 5-6 years old it becomes extremely important to stop.

Inside the box you get 1 Nipit hand stopper to stop thumbsucking, 1 Parent Success Guide, Success Chart + 48 Stickers, and 20 easylocks.


  • 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.

  1. Rachel says:

    Bought my nipit on Amazon for $37 + shipping. Works great. I did a lot of research before buying and chose nipit. My 5 year old daughter stopped thumb sucking in 5 days. The first two nights she had a hard time falling alseep. But she kept wearing nipit because she wanted to quit and saw herself that it was working. I gave her lots of encouragement and praise.

  2. Michelle, Denver CO says:

    I loved this hand stopper product. It is so cute and also functional. Lots of uses for this in addition to stopping thumb sucking. I have two kids, 4 and 9. The eldest really watned to know how to stop thumb sucking because of pressure from his friend. We tried a bad tasting nail polish called mavala stop and it just did not work. Then we got nipit and immediately it was clear that he would quit and he was so excited knowing that he would be successful. So now my 4 year old is using nipit to help her stop twirling her hair!

  3. Malinda says:

    This article and many other on your blog are very interesting.
    Thanks for the recommendations. I started out on the cheap side and went with a nail polish like mavala stop, cheaper than hoof stop the bite even, i think paid about $2. That was a total waste, mostly of my time. Now I’m going to try “the best”.

  4. Cayla says:

    Amazing product! What a great idea!

  5. Amanda says:

    I purchased this nipit hand stopper for my nephew. I never in a million years would have thought that he would stop sucking his thumb within one week he stopped. Thank you so much for your amazing idea. he has stopped sucking his thumb and the dentist is very pleased with his teeth. Not to mention now I’m the favorite aunt 

  6. Linda Patty says:

    I bought nipit on Amazon a week ago to stop finger sucking with my three year old. It is a little big for her but it totally works. She actually seems to like wearing it. And although she can it is pretty awkward (might be because she’s only just turned three years old), so I have to take it off to feed her. Its a really good product and definitely stops finger sucking, and way better than anything else I found. And for the price it is a great deal.

  7. Talitha Nelson says:

    Please I need 2 nipit handstopper for my twins. I am living in South Africa. Can you please send me 2 of it to South Africa I will pay inadvance.
    Please let me know via email. [email protected]
    Talitha Nelson

    1. Jane says:

      South Africa! I don’t know if Nipit will ship their thumb sucking product that far but you can certainly ask them. Here is the link Good luck

  8. Hadis says:

    Thanks for great idea,
    Just for my 2 years old baby who is very very skinny and small, I can’t use it?
    So what can I do?

    1. Jane says:

      Hi Hadis. Two years old is pretty small, but Nipit will work because it simply goes around the arm and prevents the arm from bending. It will appear somewhat big but should fit. Nipit says it is for ages starting at two. You are smart to attack the thumb sucking problems this early, the younger the better. At age two your child won’t be able to remove it so it will just work.

  9. Jesse says:

    We bought Nipit the Hand Stopper on over Thanksgiving, after trying two other methods. Nipit is the best that I’ve tried and it has been on month and it seems to have worked – it took three weeks. BUT you have to learn how to get it positioned right. If it isn’t on right it does not work well, when it is worn correctly it does. Just takes some learning. I first unsuccessfully tried the bitter nail polish Mavala Stop, which just did not work at night when the problem is at its worst. Then I spent a few bucks more on the thumbuster guard, but that was just easily removed. And at night my son actually sucked right through it until it was saturated. On the other hand Nipit hand stopper did work to quit the thumb sucking habit because it worked during the day and night. During the day you may need to readjust periodically, especially if your child unconsciously (or consciously) squirms around. Giving it four stars instead of five because it took me a while to figure out how tight to make it and get it aligned just right.

  10. Stephanie says:

    My 11 year old is fighting this sucking battle . Amazon shows they are currently not selling this product. Where else can I get it?

    1. Jane says:

      Looks like Nipit is in stock again on Click the link above again. On their own website they carry it too.

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