Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 18 of 35

Thread: I just gave in and stuck a dummy on my baby's mouth

  1. #1

    Unhappy I just gave in and stuck a dummy on my baby's mouth

    I know that people use dummys for their babies already but I really didnt want to use one for my own reasons and I do not mean to offend anyone who uses them.

    Well tonight i tried everything...walked DD in the pram, then in the baby sling, put her on the boob, put her in the bath, walked around my entire house bouncing, singing, rocking 47 times (yes i counted!)....after trying all of the above, I went to the bottom drawer of DD's change table and right at the back I fished out the dummy that my mum had bought for DD "just in case"!

    I put it on her mouth and she started sucking away on it..she's putting herself to sleep with it now....

    I am worried this is going to cause me more problems in the long run.

    I dont know whether i need to just come to terms with this myself or need people to tell me its okay??

    I just look at her and see this massive thing covering her face


  2. #2

    Default

    Ali, I had no intention of using a dummy with my DD either, but some friends had put one in my baby shower present and I was using it before we left hospital. BUT, we had an obsessive sucker who had sucked blisters on her little hands in utero. With close supervision to make sure she was definitely not sucking for food (and when she would spit out the bb as she didn't want to comfort suck on that there was no harm in our introducing the dummy). She was also a very efficient bfer from the get-go (back at birthweight within four days).

    Normally it isn't recommended for the first six weeks while a bfing relationship is being established, as it can be used to settle a baby when she is really hungry and needs to be fed. But some babies really do have a strong need to comfort suck.

    FWIW we only used the dummy for sleeping and weaned her off it with barely any trouble when she was almost two.
    Last edited by Jennifer13; March 29th, 2009 at 10:09 PM.

  3. #3

    Default

    We were the same and after all the crying and rocking and exhaustion, we put a dummy in DDs mouth at 2am when she was a couple of weeks old and said if it works, lets do it and we'll wean her off it later.

    DD is now 15 months and loves her dummy (but only for sleeping) and now we are thinking about the weaning part.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Down Under
    Posts
    1,617

    Default

    it is ok to give in sometimes.
    i use a dummy only for sleeping, plus bella will only take it when she is absolutely exhausted otherwise she just spits it out!
    i am going to tell you that yes it is ok and you shouldnt feel bad!
    but other people may have different opinions.
    at the end of the day deep down YOU know what is best for YOUR baby ok hun xx

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    travelling
    Posts
    9,557

    Default

    I used a dummy for 2 of mine. DD1 & DS. Both were comfort suckers & wouldn't settle without it. I never intended using one, but always had one JIC. DD1 went off hers by herself at 6 months, DS by himself at about 4 months.

    DD2 had colic & I was recommended a dummy by my gp as sucking may help relieve the pain, but she refused it. It was heartbreaking having your baby screaming for hours & having nothing work. Out of desperation I even put glycerine on it to try getting her to take it, but she'd suck off the glycerine & keep screaming.

    I know how hard it is to give a dummy, but be happy that you found something that worked You don't need to use it all the time. Only on the hard nights. You may never use it again!

  6. #6

    Default

    Jen & Tinsel- Thank you for your posts. I am relieved to know that there are others like me who had no intentions of using a dummy but gave in as well. It is nice to know that your babies only used them for sleeping as well.

    Jennifer- I was really concerned about the bf thing and how it may affect that but am hoping that because DD is such a good feeder (this child actually put on 350g in her first week rather than lost weight like most babies do) that it wont affect her. I think she just loves to comfort suck.

    ETA- Laura and Bjrose- thankyou This being a mum thing is such hard work sometimes and it is a constant worry whether I am making the right decisions. Just want to do whatever is best for her and kind of felt like tonight I was doing what was best for me (I needed some peace and quiet!)

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Tassie
    Posts
    2,567

    Default

    Just use it for sleeps like I do Ash has one and he only has it at bed time. As soon as he is up it's out of his mouth. When he was really little he used it more, now he doesn't really like it unless he is really tired and not feeding to sleep. I should add I used one for all my boys and they all fed fine. I think it's more until BF is established that they worry about it. I used one from the first day with all 3 though...

    It's really ok Ali

  8. #8

    Default

    Thanks for your support Missymoo. I just saw your little boys names was Ashton! We really liked that for a boy!

  9. #9

    Default

    We ended up introducing the dummy during Sam's first week so he could have something to suck on during tube feeds - we wanted him to associate his belly getting full with him sucking... Completely different reasons, I know! But at first that's all it was... Then within a couple of weeks we found we couldn't get him to settle to sleep without the dummy. As much as we didn't want our child depending on a dummy, sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do in order to get some peace and quiet!

    These days... Sam sometimes prefers to suck on his fingers. I've actually taken to removing his hand from his mouth and putting the dummy in (if it's bed time, usually we put a bottle in his mouth instead - it's often a sign that he's hungry!). I figure that it's going to be easier in the end to wean him off a dummy than off his fingers. You can always take a dummy away - it's a bit harder to take a hand away.

    If you want to limit her time with the dummy - only use it for sleep time. If she spits it out, don't put it back in. Try to settle her without it, and only use it as a last resort.

    I know it's hard when you find yourself doing things you swore you'd never do, but it's not the end of the world.

    BW

  10. #10

    Default

    Hi Ali

    Don't feel bad sweety

    You know with our first I said I did not want to use a dummy, and I felt soo guilty too when we actually gave it to her. I caused myself such guilt over it as I thought I should be able to settle my baby, not a piece of plastic. But looking back now, I think the grief I caused myself was so silly!! Sometimes babies are hard to settle and if a dummy helps with that, then that's great! Babies need to be soothed when they are upset, and if sucking on a dummy satisfys them then that's great!..much better then having a crying, even screaming baby.
    We weaned our DD when she was 6 months, just after she started solids (probably took 2 weeks, then she was completely over it). Now with our second bub, I really wish sometimes that he WOULD take a dummy but he just doesn't want it!

    Trust me, a dummy is nothing so don't feel bad at all x

  11. #11

    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Dandy Ranges ;)
    Posts
    7,526

    Default

    I didn't want to use a dummy for Pip, and when he had his tongue tie snipped the hospy gave him one to settle him after - and that started the dummy thing. You can get different styles of dummy, some are theoretically better for BFing than others if you look around. We liked the pigeon ones, but only used them when he wouldn't settle.

    On the plus side, if she does take a dummy, then you can use the dummy medicine dispensers which are great for teething & high temps if you use panadol etc. Unfortunately once Pip hit 6 months he wouldn't take a dummy which left us having to use the syringe to squirt in the medicine ...

    Good luck, and when you look back, using a dummy may pale into insignificance around other parenting decisions you make - good and bad!

  12. #12

    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Sydney NSW
    Posts
    4,837

    Default

    All mine have had dummies and I must say they were a lifesaver! All b/f well and just needed the dummy as a comfort thing.
    I have never regretted it cause none of them have a dummy now but one of DD2's friends in Yr4 still sucks her fingers like she did as a baby!!

  13. #13

    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    travelling
    Posts
    9,557

    Default

    With my lot the medicine dummy would be the perfect way to wean them off a dummy!!! Lol!

  14. #14

    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Tassie
    Posts
    2,567

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mrsmac View Post
    none of them have a dummy now but one of DD2's friends in Yr4 still sucks her fingers like she did as a baby!!

    SO true. My mum always said to give the suckers a dummy because "you can throw away a dummy but you can't throw away a thumb"
    My playfriend when I was little was still sucking her thumb all the time at 8 which of course led to teeth issues.
    As soon as Ash stuck his fingers in to settle I stuck a dummy in

  15. #15

    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    melbourne
    Posts
    11,462

    Default

    awww ali dont feel bad, i didnt want to use one either but with a toddler needing attention sometimes i need to use it. only for sleeps and not all the time, not at night, seems she needs to suck more during the day

  16. #16
    SugarDust Guest

    Default

    Ali - this time around I decided I wasn't going to use a dummy but like you I had tried everything to settle him but when that didn't work and with me close to tears we decided to try the dummy and like many before me he only takes it when he is really tired.

    In the end babe it is YOUR decision to what your little one needs, no one else can help you make the decision but we can all point you in a direction that we think will help you make your way through the hard cross road!

  17. #17

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by AliBaby View Post
    Jennifer- I was really concerned about the bf thing and how it may affect that but am hoping that because DD is such a good feeder (this child actually put on 350g in her first week rather than lost weight like most babies do) that it wont affect her. I think she just loves to comfort suck.
    Sounds like you're having no problems with the weight gain and she's obviously a very efficient feeder, so you're not going to do her any harm by using a dummy when she wants to suck (and your bb needs to be elsewhere!).

    We were doubly careful as my DD was a tiny 2.5 kgs when born and was supposed to be on frequent bfs (m/w had a minor freak out when she the dummy until she watched her spit the bb out!). She also bf much less frequently than what we were expecting (never more than 6 times in 24 hrs, sleeping 6 hrs at a stretch very early on). She put on more than 200g a week and doubled her birth weight in 3 mths. I guess some babies who really enjoy comfort sucking are just very, very good at it!

    (I looked into some of the future problems you can have with dummy use - interferes with speech development and affects teeth and jaw growth if used for extended periods of time and for too long age-wise and decided the best way to avoid that was to only ever use it for sleeping. It had the added bonus of then being her cue to sleep and I have no trouble ever getting her to sleep quickly.)

  18. #18

    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    6,900

    Default

    Oh Ali I don't know why these things make us feel so guilty. I have a dummy here too that was in a baby shower present. I have been so tempted at times and I think the only thing that has stopped me is that it looks like a cheap one and it looks too big for her. I really didn't want to use a dummy either and also my family is so against them!! They've asked me if we used one and I said no and they say 'phew, don't ever use one'. So if I ever do use one I'll probably feel doubly guilty

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •