Posted: 23/05/2011 at 17:55
i have 3 children, 6yrs, almost 3yrs and 5 wks old.
my first didnt have a dummy but I used a bottle of milk to settle her, this was very hard work as she came to needing a bottle to get back to sleep.
second had a dummy, much easier, but he still had it til he was 2yrs...
third, i give him a dummy, but plan to take it away somehow before he is 1yr.
as for thumb sucking, it is easier to stop a dummy as you can take this away, much harder to break thumb sucking habit.
his dummy falls out alot when he is falling asleep, i just keep putting it back in...and it falls out once he is totally asleep and id leave it out.
my midwife said sucking action releases something in baby's brain which relaxes them, so i am a strong believer that a dummy is good for them. my first wouldnt take a dummy and was much harderto settle overall.