Frederick is a BIG time thumb sucker and hair twirler. He's a pretty intense, active kid and thumb sucking/hair twirling is his way of winding down in the car or when he's tired or upset. I get that it's very common and I haven't been too worried about it because I figured he'll outgrow it. I've talked to his dentist about his teeth and he doesn't think it's anything to worry about right now (but he did give me a few helpful tips). We haven't really addressed the issue at all with Fritz - just let things run their course and not make it a big deal.
A couple of weeks ago, David pointed out a spot on the top of Fritz's head that looked really thin. I looked closer, and sure enough, he had twirled a good chunk of hair off his head. Maybe things were particularly stressful for him lately but we decided that the best way to help him wean off the hair twirling (especially while he's sleeping) was to cut his hair really short. Now, the very idea was breaking my heart because I really, really love my boy's hair - especially Fritz's summer hair. He gets really great blond highlights in the summer but short hair is better than bald spots.
After his hair was cut, I decided to give Will a shorter summer cut too and ended up just buzzing it. At least they match and it'll grow back really fast! No matter what, they are CUTE boys and I love them so!