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13/05/2013 at 20:58
So P has just spent an hour crying so i gave her a dummy as a last resort and she is sleeping soundly.
This could help with her night time settling issues but am i going to spend more time plugging her back in than i currently do trying to settle her? Anyone have any views? P is 2.5 weeks x
13/05/2013 at 21:01
We used one in the early days, although she was a bit older. Must have been 10 weeks ish as she was sleeping in her basket by then. I remember leaning across into the basket from bed and holding the dummy in place for a few seconds until she fell asleep. There was a week or 2 when i'd have to do this several times a night but i made sure she was in arms reach and she'd go off again instantly so it was fine. After than she stopped waking when it fell out and by 14 weeks she's self weaned off it! So dummies were a brief but very useful phase for us.
I'm not really sure about them early on as have no experience but my tendency would be to go with it as it's working and see how it goes.
13/05/2013 at 21:04
I resorted at the same age for both of mine. I held out for as long as I could due to BF, but in the end desperate times called for desperate measures. BF didn't work out for me, but it had nothing to do with the dummy and I do know of plenty of BF babies who also had a dummy early on. I'm all for offering a baby comfort, they call them soothers and pacifiers for a reason. Don't feel bad for helping your baby to sleep, just don't get into the habit of plugging her in everytime she cries during the day. (My father couldn't cope when he couldn't find S's dummy and I told him she doesn't have I when awake!) S sucks hers to sleep then I drops out as she nods off. This can be problematic in that it sometimes wakes her up, however she sleeps through some nights without her dummy in at all. Even if you do have to pop it in a few times during the night, it sounds like you'll still get more sleep than you do currently. You'll only know if you try as all babies are different. x
13/05/2013 at 21:22
I think I would have had a breakdown without the dummy for baby number 3. She wanted to suckle constantly and of course with 2 other kids under 5 I was desperate. Whatever makes your life easiest I think. Why not give a small baby something that gives them comfort?
P.s. she breastfed for about 16 months and never ever had a bottle so it didn't affect BF at all for us x
13/05/2013 at 21:46
Both of mine had dummies from birth. I didn't mind having to put it back in a few times during the night if it got me a few hours of unbroken sleep. If its working go with it.
13/05/2013 at 22:47
What Snow White said!
14/05/2013 at 01:49
J had one from about 10 days old and it had no affect on BF. it stopped him using me as a dummy which in the long run meant we continued to BF for longer. I wouldn't be without one now and would certainly use one again, probably from birth.
14/05/2013 at 09:52
The dummy is an absolute life saver here. When E got to 13 weeks she dropped night feeds and slept 9-9 with me usually putting in the dummy around 4 and 6am. Best 20 seconds I've spent. Without the dummy that'd be E full awake at 4am for the day.. dummies are precious in this house!
However recently age too has started to care less for it. She's not had it to sleep for a good few days though I use it when she's crying and I'm preparing a bottle in the day and also for naps if she's been fighting sleep. It's like Es "off switch".
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