Posted on February 21, 2011

A Little Helping Hand :)


Bugs is 6.5 months old now and he has never had a dummy, I tried to give him one in the first few weeks just to try and get him to settle more as he fed constantly from 5pm until 3-4am most days but he would never take one! He started sucking his thumb though and he has really bad eczema on his hands which is made worse by constantly sucking his thumb, I have been putting socks on his hands at night because they have been so sore, bleeding and cracked. This made his hands a little better but he wouldn’t settle because he didn’t have anything to suck so I thought I’d try a dummy again and well as you can see he likes it LOL!

I know a lot of people don’t like dummies, I honestly don’t mind them, my other 2 had them and I never had a problem getting them to stop using them and I’d rather have a happy, settled baby who isn’t constantly in pain with bad eczema :O)
What do you think? Are you for or against?

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  • Reply The Visiting Vet March 3, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I would have LOVED for any of mine to have taken a dummy but none of them did. I never tried them later though, maybe I should have. What a cutey 🙂

  • Reply Lauren W February 22, 2011 at 12:33 am

    I love that photo! Maxwell is so cute!
    We were always open minded about dummies, when I was pregnant we bought some in preparation but our son just wouldn't take one. We did try, would hold it in his mouth but nothing.

    He was breastfed for 18 months until, due to pregnancy, my milk started to dry up, but up until that point the boob was his dummy. He would be on me all the time. Use my boob to get to sleep, when he was hurt it would be his comfort etc. I thought it would be tough to get him to give it up but it seemed to happen naturally (and if anything I'm having the hardest time with it still 2 months on)

    Now I am glad that he didn't take to the dummy, 3 friends of mine children have dummies and all 3 of my friends are concerned about the time they have to get their children to give up their dummies. I can't help but feel glad that we don't have to go through that with our son because of how attached the children are, and the heartbreak frightens me.

    I also feel a bit funny at seeing children of a certain age with a dummy.

    Saying all this, I am currently expecting baby number two and, although I won't get dummies in beforehand this time, if they are needed then I would consider using one!

  • Reply Helen February 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    What a cutie!
    My eldest son never had a dummy, I tried but he wasn't interested, my daughter took one straight away, it soothed her during 'colicky' times, when she got to 2 she didn't have it out of the house & used to slam it on the shelf before we went out the door! My youngest who is almost 2 leaves his in his bed and only has it at naptimes and it's a real incentive to get him to have an afternoon nap – he get's very excited when I say it's nap nap time as he know's it's dummy & taggy time!!

  • Reply russ February 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I smugly removed my babies dummies at 3 months without problems (at the time). My first daughter started sucking her tongue which she still does at 6, but it's discrete, no problems. My second – how I wish she had kept her dummy. She took to sucking her toy rabbit's ears – it makes me gag to think of it. It smelt, it was a health hazzard, it looked gross and worse of all it was her best friend. I say was, because we forgot to take it on holiday over Christmas and she got on OK, so it mysteriously disappeared. If we hadn't forgotten it though, I'd have found it hard to initiate removing it away being her companion. In hindsight, kids are probably better to have a dummy as the 'dummy fairy' can intervene at some point. How we live and learn…

  • Reply Laura February 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    We were one of those couples who said, our children will never have dummies. I was set to stick to this because I was going to breastfeed my son but when that didn't go to plan and we switched to bottles, we bought a dummy. It was one of the best purchases!! My daughter did breastfeed and point blank refused to take a dummy and sometimes I wished she had! I don't see the harm in using a dummy especially if it stops little Maxwell hurting his hands and making his eczema worse!

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