I find toddler most habits adorable. From sucking their thumbs, to the pacifier, to having a blanket sidekick, they just make our babies unique and we need to cherish them. One could argue the pros and cons of these habits, even labeling them 'bad' habits, but whatever your stance, who can't resist the adorable face of huge puppy dog eyes looking at you behind a thumb stuck in the mouth?
I was that child who sucked her thumb until she was 9. Despite my parents trying various techniques all throughout my childhood, I wouldn't stop. Apparently I wasn't that addicted, however, as I was never a public sucker. My thumb-lovin was reserved only for our house, and generally only when I was sleepy or bored. And then somewhere around 4th grade, my parents finally gave in to trying the money technique and won. I had to be honest, but I would get a quarter (or was it a dime?) for each night I didn't suck my thumb. And you bet your bottom that worked. I'm sure there was a new Barbie or something that I could help buy with that money and the thumb-sucking was over.
Drew never found his thumb and I can't say I was disappointed about that. His animals were fun, but he never became extremely attached to any. He actually never really had any habits until around 20 months when he started biting his nails. And then just before he turned 2, a new habit caught my attention and kinda grossed me out while melting my heart at the same time. Essentially, if the kid is thinking, nervous or reading, two to three fingers slowly creep up and enter the mouth.
I find it endearing, yet the germaphobe side of me shudders. I think my little man is going to be an Introvert like his daddy and this new trait fits into the mold. The fingers in the mouth are when he's processing something or contemplating his next move. Growing up, I can't tell you how many times we heard 'get your fingers out of your mouth' from our mom and I've caught myself already saying that as well. I know we'll need to get him to cut back on it simply due to the unhealthy aspect, but for now it's adorable.