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    Default Should I give bub a dummy?!?

    DD2 is 3 weeks old. My first bub had a dummy after two days of continual screaming from birth....until he was 3.5 yrs old. And to be honest it was a PITA as he became so dependant on it. Although it helped him sleep as he was an unsettled baby.

    DD1 didn't seem to need one. She was initially calm as a newborn, but it all changed at 9 weeks when she became very unsettled and always needed boob to settle multiple times a night until 2 yrs old. Later attempts to give her a dummy failed. She would never take one as I left it too late. And all I wanted was for her to take comfort from something other than my boobs all the time!

    So, I have a dilemma this time whether to introduce one or not. I gave it to her last night during particularly unsettled time and it helped. Should I continue?

    Opinions please?

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    My motto was do whatever you need to do to remain sane during the newborn period.

    Despite my best effort, my kids never really took to dummies. No personal experience, but I have heard it is easier to take them away around the 4 month mark.

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    I love the dummy but the secret is to get rid of when the as soon as they understand broken and before they realise you can buy a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSecret Squirrel View Post
    My motto was do whatever you need to do to remain sane during the newborn period.

    Despite my best effort, my kids never really took to dummies. No personal experience, but I have heard it is easier to take them away around the 4 month mark.
    Agreed! Do whatever is going to work best for you. My daughter had a dummy and it helped settle her when her reflux was playing up.

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    It's up to you. I personally wouldn't use one past about 2 months because if the impact a dummy can have on a babies ability to sleep through. IMO the short term relief a dummy can provide isn't worth the longer term inconvenience. At 3 weeks though do whatever..

    Good luck

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    Do it.. 😉

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSecret Squirrel View Post
    My motto was do whatever you need to do to remain sane during the newborn period.
    Love this motto!

    I loved the dummy! I never let my kids take it out of the room, it was a sleep only thing, and I would take it out once they fell asleep.

    Both mine had to give up their dummy to get a big boy/girl bed, as we all know you can't have a dummy in a big bed, and we had no dramas.

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    Yes. If it helps, absolutely. Both my kids have had dummies. Neither have ever woken due to a lost dummy in the night, both just used it to settle then spat it out in their sleep. We took DDs away at about 2.5yrs and it was one or two nights with tears at bedtime. Honestly I would take a few days of grumpy toddler over weeks/months of screaming baby any day!

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    I think if it works do it!!
    We were lucky with ds1, he stopped using his on his own at 3 months. I think he figured out we were using it to get him to sleep and just started rejecting it one day.
    Ds2 is 3 months now and only uses his when he's tired. It helps him get to sleep.


 

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