Dummies

Calista - posted on 06/21/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I have a 12 week old girl, Mia. I gave her the dummy because it settled her, now i wish i hadn't. I am up all night putting her dummy back in when it falls out, I can't count how many times I get up. I just know that I am not getting alot of sleep. Does anyone have any advice on how to get rid of the dummy the easiest way and without distressing Mia too much? Thankyou.

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Hillary - posted on 06/21/2009

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First, do you hold Mia as she is falling asleep? If you do, you can try pulling her paci out when she is almost asleep. Try doing it while she is still aware so she knows she doesn't have it, and realizes that she CAN fall asleep without it. I had the same problem with my now 7 month old daughter. If that doesn't work, and she still wakes up wanting it (which is what my daughter did) the only thing I could suggest is putting her bassinet right beside your bed and just wait for it to get better! Bella constantly spit her paci out at that age, and I finally got to where I would just reach into her bassinet, find her paci, and then locate her mouth with my hand. I actually got to where I didn't even have to lift my head up from the pillow. Lol. Hold on just a little longer, by her 4th month she should either be holding onto it better or sleeping more soundly. Soon you'll only have to get up once a night to pop it back in! Good luck to you!

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Calista - posted on 06/22/2009

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Thankyou all for your thoughts. Mia is my second child, Jai, my first had 2 dummies, 1 in his hand and 1 in his mouth til he was 18 months old, he only had it for sleep, then he threw them in the bin himself. Mia is in my bedroom with me, so I may bring her bed closer to mine, that may be the only way to get through the next month or 2 with some sanity lol. I just forgot how hard the first few months can be with a little one.



Thankyou to everyone.

Laura - posted on 06/22/2009

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What shape is the dummy? I was using an orthadontic one for my daughter and had to get up about 10 times a night just to put the dummy in. I finally got her to take a bigger bulbier one and her and i slept right thru the night till morning. I was actually worried something terrible had happened because i haddnt heard her! the only problem is if you decide to take it off of her now she may take up sucking her thumb for comfort instead and it's not like you can just chop he thumb off when she is 3 and still wants to suck on her thumb! not a good look :). Give it another few months and she will start finding it herself :)

Cassie - posted on 06/21/2009

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My daughter used to use a pacifier we had the same problem i just pulled her close to me and put it back in when she woke up up and when she was older i just put a couple in her crib....i wouldnt suggest continuing though the older they are i think it harder to get rid of ...i took her pacifier away at two year because she wouldnt talk...she got so used to it she had it in her mouth 24 hours aday she couldnt say 4 words and when we took it out she was saying full sentences in a month...she also cried (screamed)for 3 night swhen we got rid of it ...so i gave my son a pacifier for 2 months when he was born and then took it away he too was fussy for a couple of days but it passes...

Crystina - posted on 06/21/2009

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Also NEVER cut the nipple of the dummy as it poses for as a choking hazard.

Crystina - posted on 06/21/2009

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Is she in your room? If she is just pull her close to you so you don't have to get up to put it in her mouth. If she's not I recommend that you bring her sleeping space in your room close to you so you just have to reach over and not get out of bed to put it back in. Both her being in your room and the dummy lower her risk of SIDS by a significant amount.

Melanie - posted on 06/21/2009

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My girl friend just got rid of it. In 2 nights tilly was over it and sleeping through the night. I on the other hand couldn't go through with it and 7 month old still has one. They can be such a pain. When vj was a new born he would spit it out and i tried another brand. He had an orthodontic one first,(which is kind of flat) and i changed it to a fatter rounder one. It was much better. (and cheaper)

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my son loves his dummy , i just put a few in the corner of the cot and he finds them himself :) but for you , offer her her thumb perhaps instead of replacing the dummy . sucking is a soothing response .

Jackie - posted on 06/21/2009

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my 1st son never used one. my youngest son just actually gave it up himself and he's 14 months old. I did hear that if you cut the nipple veritcally, they won't like it and will spit it out. I told my friend about it and she did it to her sons' and he wouldn't use it. of course though when he cried later, she gave him a real one again. which totally defeated the purpose.

Vicki - posted on 06/21/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

first off is a dummy a pacifier? i know i sound dumb i just havn't called it that before



Yes it is a pacifier. I hadn't heard the term either, but thanks to Google, I figured it out.



My son rarely takes one. I had planned on just not having one, but thought I'd give it a shot- he didn't like it too much. Kinda gave me a look like, "What good is that?" lol. He prefers the boob or his fist to pacify himself. I've only once used it as a bait and switch.



As so far as getting the kid to give it up... I don't know. I'd probably just lose it entirely, and use other methods to soothe baby back to sleep. It might hurt for awhile.

Amanda - posted on 06/21/2009

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first off is a dummy a pacifier? i know i sound dumb i just havn't called it that before

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