Dumbies

Kara - posted on 03/18/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My 2mnth old baby has a dumbie and i use it for when he crys and when i put him to sleep everyone says i should take him off it but i have tried and he crys for hours, are dumbies bad???

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Eleisha - posted on 03/20/2010

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Actually Brandy that "suck reflex" is gone after about 4-5 months and is really only habit after then. This is why a lot of dummy users, like myself wean so that the dummy is a sleep thing. I personally don't like seeing a baby past about 5-6 months with a dummy in there mouth all of the time. But, it is a very personal choice :)
Pamela, a dumbie is also known as a dummy (in UK and Australia) or soother, pacifier, nuk, binky etc
:)

Grace - posted on 03/19/2010

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I only used a binkie for about the first month with my daughter... She just grew out of using it... that was also about the time that she discovered her thumb. She doesn't even really suck her thumb that much now. Mainly just when she is sleepy.

Kate - posted on 03/19/2010

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I'm a fan of them...when my son was born, he just needed to suck a lot! he'd stay latched on to me for an hour on each side if he could, which i just couldn't handle! I took it away from him a few months ago, just after he turned 2 and he did great!

Besides, taking away a soother is a lot easier than trying to get a kid to stop sucking their thumb!

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Like everything it has it's pros and cons.....



In my situation my daughter had begun sucking her thumb after she stopped breastfeeding at 6 months......I decided it was best if she use a sucky rather than her thumb! After all, you can't take away a thumb! LOL! She's 18 months now and still uses it ONLY at bedtime!



http://www.babyzone.com/baby/nurturing/a... ( The pros )



http://www.babyzone.com/baby/nurturing/a... ( The cons )



http://www.babyzone.com/baby/nurturing/a... ( Best way to use a pacifier )



Good luck! Do what you feel is best!

Leisel - posted on 03/19/2010

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Both my boys had dummies. My eldest had colic and it made a big difference. I tried to only use it when they were asleep or really unhappy, gurgling, chatty babies should not be silenced with a dummy. My youngest left it on his own at about 5 months and we took it away from my eldest when he was 2yrs with no hassles.

Sucky babies will suck, and often if you do not give them a dummy they will suck their fingers or hands. Some people like this as then they can always find it to suck, unlike dummies which get lost etc. on the down side of thunb sucking I once heard someone say, "you can't throw a thumb away"! This was true in my case as I sucked my thumb until I as 11 and have an abnormal shaped palate which has caused some trouble with my teeth.

You decide what works for you. Good luck.

Eleisha - posted on 03/19/2010

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My motto - whatever gets you through the day. My daughter was a very fussy baby. For the first 4 months of her life, if she wasn't feeding she had a dummy. She just cried ALL the time if she wasn't sucking. At around 5 months I slowly weaned her and now she only has it for sleeps. So do what works for you.

Diana - posted on 03/18/2010

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I wouldnt take it from him until he is able to understand why you are taking it at earliest 1yr, especially is he screams for it. its only bad if it leaves a rash.

Jeni - posted on 03/18/2010

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No. My son is 8 months old and uses his to sleep or chew on.
People mean well when they try to give advice but always do what feels right for you and your family.

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you mean a bink right? My daughter is almost 3 and still uses them to sleep. It was the only way to get anything done. I personally like them!

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