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The dummies are going!
Even before Mini Cheddar was born I vowed I would never give her a dummy. I didn't like them.
However, it's strange how feelings change when your child is actually born and using you as a human dummy for comfort. I breastfed Mini Cheddar from the word go and within 3 weeks I was exhausted. I was feeding on demand but I soon came to realise that a lot of the time she just wanted me for comfort.
My health visitor came to visit around that time and found me in a bit of a state. She persuaded to me try Mini Cheddar with a dummy. My husband got one and we tried her with it, she was happy.
I, however, sobbed my heart out.
Some children just need comforting more than others so I was told there was no shame in using a dummy and when I realised that it was the best for both of us, I soon came to love that rubbery little thing!
We have kept her dummy just for bedtime and naps and the only other time she may ask for it is when she's really upset. As someone who grew up sucking her thumb until a late age and spending countless hours at the orthodontist (having my cemented braces tightened) as a result (probably) I'm actually glad now that Mini Cheddar ended up with a dummy.
However, I want to try and phase it out now she's turned 2 years old (in March). Is it best to phase it out? Or does the elusive 'Dummy Fairy' work best? Or should I leave her a little bit longer as it's only at sleep time?
I'm after your tips... thank you.