1. Dummies are soothing for babies to use, and if you've a baby who cries a lot a dummy can be a life saver for a new mum.
2. There is more and more evidence that using a dummy can help prevent SIDS.
3. Using a dummy can make top front teeth grow outwards and new teeth to come in squint and angled.
4. Also using a dummy can affect the development of speech and language. Why don't you try to talk with one in your mouth..... It's not easy is it, there are some sounds you just can't make.
5. Most children give up their dummy between two and four years of age.
But what do you do if you're child just can't imagine life without the dummy? Well here some ideas I've gathered from mum's over the years.
Just Bin Them All......... No Nonsense
Who's brave enough for this?!? I am assured this should only take around 3 days for your child to have forgotten about their dummy, but I'm not convinced! Do you really want to be reminded from your thirty year old of they day you binned all their dummies and they cried all day and still feel scarred by it today. Definitely not me!
New Baby In the family? Pass them on.
Isn't it nice to encourage our little to care about others. So why not suggest their new little baby cousin/friend, who doesn't have any dummies, could use theirs. Get your child to gather up all their dummies, even the ones they hide around the house for emergencies, pack them up in a gift box and off you go to deliver them to the new baby. This works because in the end it's their own decision to give them away, they're in control and have decided they're way too big for dummies, they're not a baby anymore.
What about Santa or the Dummy Fairy.
WHAT!!!!! You've never heard of the dummy fairy?
Well the dummy fairy, collects all the dummies big boys and girls no longer need. She likes you to get your child to gather every dummy they have and package them up, tied up with a ribbon and left in you're garden under their favourite tree or bush. If you haven't a garden she'll quite happily collect them from beside the front door. The best bit is she always leave a little gift in exchange, and she always knows just what you're little one really, really would like.
If it's nearly Christmas, send them to Santa, he can always find poor little babies in need of a dummy or two, and we all know Santa always leaves gifts too.
Balloons and a Party
This is a lovely idea, buy some balloons, fill them with helium, tie a dummy to each balloon until you have them all and send them up into the sky, while you all wave goodbye and then have a little farewell party for the dummies and say hello to your big boy or girl who no longer needs their dummies.
So good luck, whatever way you decide to do it, you may have ideas of your own. If you do we'd love you to share them with us. You might be helping out another mum struggling to lose the dummy. And if it's not the right time for you, remember try to encourage your little one to use it when their tired and not while playing and talking.