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Sucking, a natural instinct

From the moment she is born, your little one uses her mother's breast to satisfy not only her need for food, but also her emotional needs. It is therefore normal, if your baby is hungry for milk or love between feeds, for you to need to find a substitute for the bottle or the breast. This is why for many children, from the first few days until the age of about three, a soother or their thumb become their inseparable friends that are always there to comfort them.

 

Sucking is a necessity

During the first three months, the need to suck soon becomes a need that is separate from hunger. And, together with crying, sucking is the baby's way of releasing tension. But the months go by and the soother becomes a presence that reminds your child of the immense pleasure of feeling close to her mother. Therefore, after the first six months, when the need to suck is less intense, the soother or thumb turns into something that keeps your child company at times when she feels most in need of comfort: at bedtime, when mummy isn't there, etc. However, as well as comforting your child, the soother also makes her more independent, as it allows her to meet the need for contact or company on her own. Both the soother and the thumb are considered instruments that give children the necessary courage to face the outside world.

 

A soother is better than thumb-sucking

A soother is better than thumb-sucking because firstly it puts less pressure on the child's teeth and therefore reduces the risk of changing the dental arch, which results in bite problems. Secondly, it is much easier to control the use of a soother and decide when to get rid of it, as the little one always has her thumb at arm's reach.