Thumbuddy To Love vs. Mavala Stop and other thumb guards.
Mavala Stop (made in Switzerland) is a “no bite” nail polish meant for adults but has been used by parents on their child to help stop thumb sucking because it tastes awful. It is Denatonium Benzoate – which is, the world’s bitterest known substance. It is a bitter tasting polish that parents have been known to put on their child’s thumb and it is full of chemicals! Here is the exact list of ingredients: ethyl acetate, alcohol denat, butyl ester of PVM/MA copolymer, phthalic anhydride/trimellitic anhydride, Glycols Copolymer, Butyl Acetate, Acetyl tributyl citrate, sucrose actacetate, Denatonium Benzoate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, CI60725 (D and C Violet #2). Why would you ever put that on a child’s thumb when the probability of sucking it off is high and they can ingest chemicals? I remember when my mom would put the bitter tasting stuff on my thumb and I would either wash it off or suck it off. Not a good solution.
Thumb guards are also made of plastics and considered unnatural. They are also negative teaching tools as the child is shamed into wearing it day or night to prevent thumb sucking. It is like putting a cast on their hand to prevent thumb sucking. If the child wears it to school, the embarrassment factor goes up! It is not considered a motivating thumb sucking product.
Thumbuddy To Love is chemical free and made out of plush material. The parents read the story book often to their child and the child wears the Thumbuddy thumb puppet day or night as a reminder to stop. They can also incorporate it into their play time. No harsh chemicals are used as this is a positive teaching tool for parents and children who suck their thumb. It is a fun, positive and shame free way to give up thumb sucking just like the heroes give up thumb sucking in the book. By using the stickers and calendar in the back of the book, the child stays motivated to stop thumb sucking. It is recommended that the whole family including friends, teachers and grandparents get involved as being on the same “stop thumb sucking” team to encourage the child to give up thumb sucking since thumb sucking can be a hard habit to break. By signing the back of the book “You can do it!” a child feels motivated to reach their goal. A certificate of congratulations can even be printed off the web site www.thumbuddytolove.com to remind the child that they get a diploma once they break the thumb sucking habit. It also teaches positive reinforcement and goal setting. Dentists and Pediatricians have endorsed Thumbuddy To Love. Why? Because it is a fun, positive, natural and kid friendly way to give up thumb sucking.
Thumbuddy To Love™ is endorsed by Dentists and recommended for Ages 3-6.