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    Default Do we give the dummy back

    So about 2 months ago we finally got rid of the dummy from DS2 (aged 2.5yrs) and since then he puts everything in his mouth! If he hasnt got a toy to stick in his mouth he shoves his hand in there.
    We are off to bali in a few weeks and I am worried about all the germs he is going to put in his mouth over there. Last time we went he had the dummy. My dilemma is do we give it back just for the trip and suffer the consequences when we get back, just so we can avoid him getting sick there. What would you do?

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    My DD is the same. Since getting her off the dummy (just before 3 yo) she chews everything and went through a phase of sucking her fingers. She doesnt do it as much now although i do still sometimes find her chewing toys etc. Its normal.
    As for the Bali thing, id just make sure he has a drink bottle of water(bottled of course) all the time. That way if he feels the need to chew of suck he will have something safe with him. Plus its hot over there so the added bonus of him drinking heaps of water!

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    Mouthing things is a really important for development..I wouldn't give it back but I'm not sure how you could go about it with your trip..can you give him something safe to mouth?

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    DD still sticks things in her mouth and sucks on her fingers and hands, recently started sucking on her thumb (she is nearly 3) and she never had dummie. I think it is normal, I am just super on top of her when we are out, she generally knows about germs. TT was fun...pub,ic toilets and a child who likes to stick their fingers in there mouth blergh!

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    I recently tried to take Dummy from DD2 who is 2 this month & she did the same, we encouraged her to have a dummy as she was first seen sucking in utero at 14 weeks and at every scan there after (I had 13 scans all up) and you know the old saying you can throw away a dummy but not a thumb.

    I'm happy for her to continue with it longer but we have rules, no walking around or talking with dummy, it is for sleeps, quite rest time or waaaah I just hurt myself times only.

    As for Bali - use a dummy chain clipped onto his clothes. DD2 has been to 3 asian country's before she was 1 and did not get sick anytime. Take quite a few with you (they are impossible to buy over there) and sterilsie them in boiling water, we took a small airtight container and filled it with boiled bottled water night and used it to sterlise her chewable things, we also bought her a sippy cup with a handle and attached it to the pram with those toys links you can buy to prevent it from hitting the ground when she tossed it

    Bathing should be your biggest concern, you might need both parents, 1 to be at the ready to grab his hands in case they go in his mouth & to prevent splashing and the other to wash him. We literally sponged bath DD with boiled bottled water in Bali & Thailand to avoid water getting in her mouth (obviously we let it cool first) and to avoid her putting her wet hands in her mouth, she was small enough & co operative enough for us to pick her up & point the back end into a shower.

    PS don't waste baggage space on taking nappies (if he is still in them) they are widely available and super cheap in Bali

    ENJOY YOUR TRIP!

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    What about a sensory necklace/ chew? There's one called 'teething bling' that a few boys in my DDs class use because they are 'chewers'


 

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