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Thumb Sucking and the Teen or Adult Baby

As a ‘dad’, I’ve often wondered why an adult or teen baby or diaper lover will often, quite instinctively, suck their thumb. In the absence of a pacifier, a boy will just naturally bring their thumb to their lips when their diaper is being changed, or when dad is snuggling them on the couch. I wonder what the feeling is that makes a boy start to suck their thumb as if it’s just a reflex reaction.

There’s regression of course – feeling more babyish, he’ll start kicking his legs floppily as you change him, or will make little cooing or giggle sounds. Sucking on his thumb becomes part of that warm floating feeling he gets as daddy changes his diaper.

But even a boy who is a diaper lover and doesn’t like babying so much will often suddenly stick his thumb in his mouth and suck on it happily. When ‘dad’ points this out, he often won’t even realize he did it – there can be a sudden moment of surprise when he realizes what he’s done.

I wonder whether for many diaper lovers and little ones whether they aren’t just doing what comes naturally. Maybe they sucked their thumb when they were younger, and maybe even got punished for it or were told to ‘grow out of it’.

Being diapered and accepted by dad also gives them permission to do what’s so natural – to have that soothing feeling of a thumb in their mouth, a gentle suckle making them feel relaxed and at ease. Like a pacifier, sucking their thumb provides a focal point, a little extra feeling to go with that of the crinkly diaper nice and snug and secure around them.

And sucking their thumb is something they will often do in public, without being self-conscious (or being less self-conscious, say, than the crinkle of their diapers or the white plastic showing above their jeans).

For some boys, sucking their thumb is far more natural than a pacifier. While a paci is dad’s way of soothing the little one (who will often enjoy it incredibly, especially since the babyish ring makes them look so toddler/baby-like) a thumb is their own personal soother – part of who they are, just as loving to be in their diapers or babied is part of who they are.

So when your little one sticks his thumb in your mouth as you put him in a clean diaper, just remember he’s showing that he’s happy being pampered and babied and is floating in that nice feeling of being the little one that he is.

7 thoughts on “Thumb Sucking and the Teen or Adult Baby

  1. It’s very true about we do what feels natural. Even when I am not in baby-mode I often catch myself putting my thumb in my mouth. It is sort of a second nature thing I guess although can be embarrassing at times when done in public without realizing it

  2. “thumb sucking bedwetter” was like part of my name when i was little. i dont know why i did either one but it just seems like u said, part of who i am. when im tired or bored is usually when i mostly do it. when they tried to get me to stop by giving me a binky instead, i did learn to like that too, but ur right about my thumb being my first choice. when i got older i learned to hide it most of the time, but u do get caught sometimes. mostly its when u wake up doing it when anybody else is there and they see what ur doing, but thats just like wetting the bed. u cant help it; its just something that happens when ur asleep.

    sucking my thumb when im getting diapered does seem like something i just have to do. its so perfect because its like they r telling u its ok to be a baby while they r putting diapers on u, so it seems like its ok to have “babyfum” then too.

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