I wouldn't give a dummy. Sucking his fingers does not require your attention. If he relies on a dummy instead, guess what happens in the middle of the night when he wakes up without his dummy? My DS uses a dummy and when I was unable to wean him off using it to sleep I had to resort to teaching him how to put the dummy in himself so that I wasn't always having to give it back to him. That worked well but I think why make your life more difficult?
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13-05-2015 19:45 #11Senior Member
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13-05-2015 19:56 #12
Ds took a dummy sparingly until 6 months when he point blank refused them. Then around 9 months I think he started sucking his index finger. Nothing I can do to stop that it's how he sooths himself and is a big tired cue. Yes I worry about it being a habit but I personally don't like seeing older children walking around with dummies so pick your battles I guess.
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13-05-2015 20:26 #13
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Swaddle and grab your kid a comforter (with a teddy head thing).
13-05-2015 21:37 #15
Ive had both dummy suckers and thumb suckers. They both have their problems. ..
Thumb sucking is great because it never gets lost! My thumb suckers were much better self-settlers. It is a harder habit to break when older.
Dummies get lost, for some reason parents stress about them being more dirty than hands, I was up and down finding the bloody thing in the night as a baby..and searching the house in the day as a toddler.
I would choise thumb sucking any day! Mostly because I got more sleep! !
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13-05-2015 21:39 #16
Oh and mine all had comfort toys as well...introduced about 3mths old..and they all still sleep with them now (but thumbs and dummies gone )
13-05-2015 22:55 #17
Give a dummy. As you said you can take a dummy away but you can't take their hand away.
14-05-2015 06:43 #18
Just a quick tip if you do get him on a dummy. For night and sleeps I discovered a soft toy rabbit called sleepy tot which has 4 Velcro paws where you can attach a dummy to each. Once they are old enough to move around and find the toy it makes self soothing much easier and also they have the comfort of the soft toy as well.
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14-05-2015 07:01 #19
Dummy if they will take one.
14-05-2015 07:32 #20
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