Your baby’s sleep and their dummy

Tell someone your baby or toddler has a dummy and they are bound to have an opinion!

Heck I had an opinion before I had children, there was no way I would let my baby have a dummy.
(Insert your laughter at me here….)

Then I had my first baby, and obviously every preconceived idea I had about being a parent went out the window, and by day 3 my baby had a dummy.
What a life saver!
She could have her feed, and then use the dummy to fall asleep, not my very tendor, slightly falling apart nipples!

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baby with dummy

Dummies come in 3 phases.

1. Newborns
2. Toddlers
3. That icky in between stage

1. If you have a newborn who needs a dummy, great! Give it to them. You can tug on it slightly to teach them to hold it in tighter, you can hold it with one hand and pat their bum with the other, or you can use to help wind a newborn. Magic, honestly!

2. Toddlers, if you have a toddler (12 months +) who still has a dummy, we often get asked when and how do you ditch it. Now your dentist and I have different opinions on this. While he would rather your child never had a dummy, I think once they have it that long, you really need to wait until they are 2.5 years + to explain that its gone away, and there is no more dummy. Trying to remove one in those inbetween years is really tricky, and often not an enjoyable experience.

3. The icky in between stage: This is where you have to make a call; wean baby off the dummy around 12 weeks and gradually onto self settling, or be happy to pop the dummy back in for them for up to 6-8 months before they can learn to do it themselves. This stage 12weeks – 8months is a common one for us to be helping parents with better sleep as the constant dummy runs means broken sleep for baby, and you…………this over tiredness can then result in shorter naps, more night wake ups, earlier starts…. and a cycle which often feels out of control and like no one is getting any sleep!
Self settling strategies are the goal, if this is you.

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“My husband asked me today how much we spent on the sleep guide we downloaded last week? He couldn’t believe when I told him! We had spent the weekend teaching Ava to sleep without her dummy as I couldn’t do the dummy run any more! She was now sleeping through instead of waking 4-5 times a night for her dummy. I would have paid so much more considering the success we had in such a short time. Thank you so much for your resource!” ~Jenny and Mark

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