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18/06/2013 at 14:18
For those that use them, why did you start and in what ways did they help? I've always been very open minded about dummy use, and as Sam has been fed every which way in hospital due to being ill, am not too worried about nipple confusion.
We've tried a dummy a couple of times when we think he is tired rather than hungry but is rooting, and he seems undecided about it. I just wondered how they helped your baby - if they did, and what age you used them from and how you introduced it? I've tried when he's reasonably calm as it was obviously a no go the first time we tried during a screaming fit, but not sure whether I should just try when I think he needs it, or try every day to get him used to one?
Also, how do you sterilise your dummies? have read everything from dishwasher to microwave to popping in boiled water to not bothering on google and I'm all confused! I don't need to do a full on Milton sterilising sess for them do I? And do you sterilise after every use? Once a day? And once sterilised, can you leave in a tub until needed or do they need sterilising immediately before use?
18/06/2013 at 14:29
I used dummies from early on with both of mine. It saved me from being used as a dummy and will help to settle them if they're upset/tired. I used the TT closer to nature ones with O but L refused that style of dummy so she has the flat, orthodontic ones. You do need to sterilise them. The MAM dummies come in a little box that can be used as a mini steriliser, after adding a bit of water of course, in the microwave. I'm pretty sure other brands have the same ability but check the packaging first. L tends to have one-two dummies a day, but that depends on how often O has nicked them for a suck!
18/06/2013 at 14:32
J was the same with the rooting when not hungry- we just kept offering one and he would take it if in the mood sometimes he wouldn't want it. After a while he started using it to fall asleep with, and also if he was really fussy/upset and wouldn't latch I would give him a dummy to calm him down enough to get him on the boob.
I just use boiling water to sterilise- stick them in there for 5 mins then they're good to go- I think it depends on the type- we use the silicon orthodontic ones but I think the latex ones can melt if sterilised in certain ways
18/06/2013 at 14:57
I've got the mam ones with the handy steriliser box... We started using them
In desperation when I stopped bf and little man wanted to keep suckling... I only use them for sleep times and they do seem to soothe him when all he wanted to do was suckle on me.
18/06/2013 at 15:03
We used one when in scbu and it does help him settle a lot but when he falls asleep it gets spat out and he doesn't want it back anyway. We have the Mams ones that come with the sterilising box. We replace them if they fall and touch something but I generally swap them for a clean one after a while anyway. When out the house I have dummy antibac wipes that are new on the market I believe so don't need to worry about running out of clean dummies.
18/06/2013 at 15:45
As others have said, we introduced one to save me being used as a dummy after about five days and it was the first time that any of us got any proper sleep. I used to use them to calm him down enough to feed, so maybe four or five times a day, and to sleep. Now he's 7 months he only uses one occasionally for a few minutes to get himself to sleep, then spits it out so he's kind of weaned himself off them.
As for sterilising, we had 6 altogether and used to sterilise them all in boiling water every couple of days and put the plastic cap thing on. We had the Avent ones. Now he's older we've lost all but one and I'm pretty bad at remembering to sterilise it any more, but it doesn't seem to be doing him any harm!
18/06/2013 at 18:19
Thanks all. DS I have the TT ones as well, will perhaps hold off on the Mams set until I know he definitely wants one but it sounds good if we do use regularly. The anti bac wipes also sound great! Will sterilise in boiling water for now then and then store them in the case they came in.
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