NIPIT is the best product to stop thumb sucking for ages 2-7 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.
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.
Instead 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.
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.
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.
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.