Dummies – Soothers. What are your views?
Dummies – Soothers
Dummies – Are They Needed?
I recently got into a conversation with somebody about dummies (also known as soothers) and had to walk away before I said something that might offend!
It’s been a bit of a bug-bear with me and my opinion is probably that shared by only fifty percent of other parents. But it has to be asked, are dummies really necessary or are they just a cash-generating product for manufacturers?
Why do parents give their child a dummy?
This is a question I have often asked myself many times over but never really getting to the bottom of it. You see, I have two boys, so I can actually say that speaking from experience, dummies are NOT necessary.
How many times have you been to the park and overheard a conversation that goes something like this…
“Oh great, he’s started crying again. ‘ear, bung over ‘is dummy will ya. That should shut ’em up!”
Seriously, have dummies really been invented to just ‘shut ’em up?’
Why Do Babies Cry?
I’m only a dad of two boys, so I can’t speak on behalf of parents that have girls, but I’m sure there’s not much difference when it comes to answering this question.
From my own experience, I discovered that, as babies, our two boys would only cry for one of the following reasons.
- They were hungry – With a regular feeding pattern of every few hours, when aren’t babies hungry?
- They needed their nappy changed – We always checked their nappies at regular intervals during the day but at night time, it’s not so easy.
- They were tired – With feeding and sleeping high on a baby’s agenda, when aren’t they tired?
- They were teething – This is the most testing time for most parents and a really good reason why they might get tired during the day.
- They needed a hug – If you’ve not seen the advert ‘You can’t email a hug, (Nescafe Gold Blend)’, sometimes, that’s all they need.
- They were running a temperature or unwell – When your child is unwell, they will often be unsettled and need lots of hugs (not forgetting their medication too).
- They needed Cal Pol (due to medical reasons!)- I’ve always been amazed at the things this medicine can cure, including a crying baby. Always seek the correct medical advice before giving any type of medicine to a child. Ages, doses and medication will vary from one baby / toddler to another.
- They have trapped wind – If the boys hadn’t been winded correctly, we found they would cry until burped it up.
After applying one of these remedies, my wife and I would find that they would soon settle down and would, therefore, have no need for a dummy.
This is just my opinion, as a parent. But what are the experts saying?
Dummies: What the experts say
The opinion above is based on my own personal experiences. It’s not right, it’s not wrong, and it’s certainly not professional. However, the information below is based on what the experts have to say and as usual, just to confuse us parents, there are different findings.
Dummies and Cot Death
According to the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths, parents are advised to give their newborns a dummy, every time they sleep because it reduces the risk of…
This article was first published in June 2007 and can be found at The Daily Mail Online
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- Can a dummy prevent cot death?
- Dummies can help protect babies from cot death by regulating their heart beats
- Dummies and cot death!!
Dummies and Breast Feeding
Introducing a dummy whilst you are breastfeeding, should only be done once your baby has an established routine.
An article from breastfeedingbasics.com gives some great advice for you to follow if you’re unsure about when, or if to, introduce a dummy whilst breastfeeding.
You may also want to read…
- Good news for tired mums: Dummies DON’T interfere with breastfeeding
- Did you give a pacifier to your breastfed newborn?
What Sort of Dummy is Best?
This is going to be trial and error. Although the basic concept is the same, there are many different designs, for example…
- Teats – These could be Latex, Rubber or Silicone. According to The Baby Centre, latex and rubber dummies are softer but don’t last as long.
- Handle or No Handle – These are just personal preference but with a handle, you can tie an attachment to prevent it falling on the floor and, of course, losing it altogether.
- The Mouth Sheild – It goes without saying that this is designed to prevent the dummy being swallowed.
Before buying a dummy, you may want to read…
What baby related shop or online store doesn’t sell dummies? If you really are intent on buying one, here are some suggestions.
As you can see, there are advantages and arguments against, giving your child a dummy. Some parents will feel they are needed whilst others will give them because they are convenient.
Understanding why your child is crying will help both you and your child. By having a bit of routine, ie, regular nappy checks, a feeding pattern, winding and plenty of cuddles might cut down on the amount of time your baby is crying.
For more ideas, don’t forget to read through the list of ‘Why do Babys Cry?’
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