I was one of those mums who didn’t pack a dummy in my hospital bag as I went to have my baby because I thought I wouldn’t need it. As most first time mums I was wrong. Fast-forward 22 months later and my baby is a total sucker for his dummy and we haven’t weaned him off completely yet. I’m such a dummy for the dummy… Pun intended!
Some of you may remember that we lived in Kenya and I received criticism from many people because using a pacifier isn’t very common there.
Here are some of the questions and statements I heard while I was there and some I still get today even though we’re in Australia.
Does it really sooth him? Does it work? How does it work?
The main reason any mum would use a pacifier is to sooth their baby when he’s a little cranky or unsettled. Baby E isn’t an exception, I gave him his first dummy to sooth him.
Doesn’t dummies disturb his sleep?
Small babies go through so many things, witching hours to sleep regression to teething which all interfere with the baby’s sleep. When the baby falls a sleep eventually the dummy falls out and he can’t even sense it if he is in deep sleep.
Does it make him sleep?
Surprisingly when we give our baby his dummy if he’s tired he would sleep. Trust me if he’s not sleepy no dummy or any trick can make him fall asleep.
He will never speak! He will end up with speech delay because of the dummy!
This is a very silly assumption and extremely inappropriate, there is no mother that tries to hinder her child’s development deliberately. Some children who never used a pacifier end up with speech delay.
Doesn’t the dummy mess up his teeth? He’ll have crooked teeth
I researched about it and asked various medical professionals; I was assured that dummies don’t ruin the baby’s teeth. This is my first child so I wouldn’t know until he grows up if he will get buck and crooked teeth or not after he looses his cute pearly milky teeth. I have one solution for this problem if it ever happens “braces”.
Whether your child sucks a dummy or their thumb, it eventually doesn’t matter as long as your baby happy and healthy.
We had a goal to ditch the pacifier by baby E’s 1st birthday and we failed miserably. Are we ready to ditch it soon? Maybe..
Our goal is now to get wean him off by his 2nd birthday in 2 months. Wish us luck.
Did you use a pacifier with your little ones?
How did you manage to wean them off?
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