Deena NZ New mum
My opinion on what you have said would be to wait until he is quite capable of getting his hands to his mouth- as in his brain knows where the hands are going and not straight past the target! And when putting him to bed put your finger in his mouth and then his hands will automatically take there place, again when his old enough.
Its just like your retraining him to use his hands instead of a dummie which will start falling out at 3am when you'd rather be sleeping!!
Maybe in the day give him toys to suck instead, again once his able to hold them, I found a wrist rattle (pin cushion as my mother called it) a good toy for her when she couldnt hold much for long.
Hope this helps
Karen,WA,Emily born 4th June
I have always used dummies for the sleep association thing. As little babies (no2 still is), i use it a bit, just for the peace thing, when he's a bit unsettled.
My daughter is 2 and 2months and she still has a dummy. Something i am not proud of at all, but she never has it out of bed. In fact she asks for it when she wants to go to sleep.
My other little thing about dummies is cleanliness. I always have 2 on hand, and my sons are sterilized continually. I've heard of many babies getting thrush in their mouths from dummies.
Its your decision, do what suits you and your baby,
DD5, DS3, DS lost to SIDS at 6mths & DD6m
Mum to Bethany (25-2-03) & Faith (8-11-04)
However once they get a little older and start biting into the dummies, there is something to help and wein them off of it. I'm unsure if you can get them in NZ, but they have a cresent shape especially for teething, but still almost look like a dummy.
Connor 24/1/03, Oliver 8/6/04, Zachary 5/12/07
My son Corey has had a dummy since he came home from hospital. He will only take it when he is tired/cranky or when he goes to bed.
Sometimes now at night he won't take it at all.
I think they are ok and they will grow out of them when they are ready.
Michelle, mum to Corey 14/3/03 - Bankstown
Like most of you, I to was opposed to the use of dummies. My two older children never had one, but number 3 couldn't live without one. ( neither could mum and dad). I have been told that it is better for their teeth to have a dummy rather than suck their thumbs or fingers. I am now finding that out. My 8 year old daughter, who sucked her thumb until she was about 3 years old, now has to wear a plate to straighten her teeth, as she has pushed her front teeth out of place by her thumb. There is even the possibility of braces later on. I know which she had a dummy when she was little!
Mother of 3, Qld
She now only has it to go to sleep and then it comes out once she is sound asleep.
I was always worried that she would want it for ages, but as my mother told me you either get rid of it when they are old enough to understand that you are throwing it away or let them tell you when they are ready (most kids seem to be happy to get rid of them between 18-22 mths).
Louise, Brisbane Qld. Mum to Ella and Luca
My son of 14mths has never used a dummy (or never really needed one). I was always against them, thats because i was afraid that he would be attached to it and not give it up when he was older. I really don't like very older children with dummies pinned to them.
I breastfeed Aiden until 11mths so i think that was his "sort of comfort". He now has decided to suck his thumb which is going to be harder to get rid of!!
Don't worry about him having a dummy, if there was anything wrong with them i'm sure they would'nt sell them in the shops.