if I sellotape the dummy to ds2's face do you think someone will call social services?

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By the time DD3 was 6months old, she was sleeping for less than 10 minutes at a time. She'd drop off, relax, dummy fell out, big screams!

I was exhausted and had taken to sleeping with her cot along side my bed, with my hand over her face to hold the dummy in.

Obviously not a very safe solution, but sleep exhaustion drives you to despair!

I'd absolutely had enough. On the same night I moved DD into her own room and chucked the dummy in the bin.

Yeah she cried, but only for half an hour max. Then she went to sleep............til morning!!!

It was a harsh way of doing things, but it worked and we both slept like babies!

BonyM Fri 23-Mar-07 21:39:09

Have always used dummy clips at night for both my dds - I know you're probably not supposed to but I always made/make sure that they were attached so that the strap wasn't long enough to be any danger.

DrMarthaMcMoo Fri 23-Mar-07 15:48:16

Oooh you made the news round up!

I used to lie in bed at night listening to ds1 make those little suck-suck-suck noises, waiting for the 'plop' of the dummy on to the cot mattress and hoping against hope that he would be asleep enough not to care. He never was.

And then I would invent dummy-keeping-in devices in my head...like those helmets with teeth-braces that kids in American films wear.

I remember being so thrilled when I found a glow-in-the-dark dummy in Boots. What a genius idea! I'll be able to find the dummy and pop it back quickly into his mouth without him wailing. I forgot babies don't have glow-in-the-dark mouths...

prufrock - but if i swaddle him how will he suck his thumb?

I like the magnadummy idea, but I'd put the second magnet in his mouth.

cruisemum1 Fri 23-Mar-07 13:58:06

i am dialling social services as I type!

glamourbadger Fri 23-Mar-07 13:12:58

Velcro! Around the edge of the dummy and the baby's mouth?

My twins have these blankets which have been a godsend. I often hear one slurping away on the little tags. Much easier to find than a dummy and you can chuck them in the wash.

DaffodilsforeasterFlower3554 Thu 22-Mar-07 12:06:03

LOL at LadyOfTheFlowers elastic bands over the ears idea.

MrsSpoon Thu 22-Mar-07 11:56:52


PeachyClair Thu 22-Mar-07 11:24:25

Oi Spoony

are you sayin I'm common? Well suck on this (insert dummy or spoon by choice LOL )

Absolutely, yes. LOL. It works- what mroe does one nedd?

WotzsanEgg Wed 21-Mar-07 23:04:27

My dd used to have to have 2 in her hand and one dummy in mouth, she used to balance a 4th one on her shut eyelid ( i kid you not) and then she would go to sleep.

This was until she was about 3.

Every morning I would do a dummy hunt.

Well if your son is waking up every 12 mins (which is a well know torture for a parent trying to sleep) now you might as well get rid of the dummy altogether - it may take him an hour or so to fall asleep for the first time but DO NOT GIVE UP! It will only take a few nights to sort it out and it is better than fiddling with the dummy. Believe me, you will never look back! Been there done that got rid of the dummy!

colditz Wed 21-Mar-07 22:45:30

yes the cheap ones are the best

Also the clear Tommee Tippee onesd.

MrsSpoon Wed 21-Mar-07 22:41:43

>snob alert<

If you go for the cheap dummies that Peachyclair recommends make sure he only uses them at night.


RubyRioja Wed 21-Mar-07 22:39:28

Hook the handle of the dummy over his hand. Then hook another over the other hand. Then stick a few more in his cot. I think it increases the chance of him finding one by accident!

PeachyClair Wed 21-Mar-07 22:25:08

The cherry opnes work MUCH better imo- those little flattish ones just fall right out again (trust me, I'm a multiple reproducer )

Wilkinsons ones were best ime. And Lloyds Chemists do some too. The cheaper the btter, for some bizarre reason.

MrsSpoon Wed 21-Mar-07 22:13:15

'No-more-nails' might be a kinder solution to stapling.

Didn't know you had a DS2 SP!

colditz Wed 21-Mar-07 22:12:33

cut a penny sizeed hole in the palm of a cotton scratch mitten. poke teat of dummy through hole, put mitten on hand.

prufrock Wed 21-Mar-07 22:07:44

SP - could you swaddle him still - might make him less flappy and so more amenable to thumb/finger sucking

cruisemum1 Wed 21-Mar-07 21:58:30

you could just one stapled in. Alternatively bind his fist to his face to encourage thumb sucking. I have often been tempted to inflate a rubber glove and put that in ds's cot as it could simulate a nipple in texture. I could lvea them dotted around so one is always 'handy'. dd had four dummies n her cot at any one time.

mamama Wed 21-Mar-07 15:21:03


pelvicflawed Wed 21-Mar-07 15:11:41

We've tied a bit of knotted muslin to the daummy and I'hm not sure whether itxs easier for him to find but he dosen't seem to find it as easy to chuck it out ethe cot. In an exhausted moment I thought about inventing the magnadummy - put a small magnet in the dummy, put a magnatic bracelet on the child and hey presto when the blasted thing isn't in his mouth its stuck to his wrist ready and waiting. I like having daft ideas at 2 in the morning!!!!!

AitchYouBerk Tue 20-Mar-07 22:23:13

didn't someone recommend tying the dummy to a knotted muslin so that the babies can find it easier? i thought that was agood idea.

Flamesparrow Tue 20-Mar-07 22:06:47

at tying baby to dummy on the mattress

looks like it's going to be cc for ds2 then. am desperately trying to find a kinder solution first. without sellotape.

Waswondering Tue 20-Mar-07 22:02:43

Both mine have loved having a muslin cloth in the cot at night. I have about 12 of them!!

i dp the same as you pooka, he has about 6 of them in his cot at night!! he likes to have one n his outh and one in each hand, and then when he wakes and he throws them out of his cot there are still more for him to hold, as i really cant be arsed to look for where hes thrown them in the middle of the night.

BizzyDint Tue 20-Mar-07 21:55:05

social* baby

BizzyDint Tue 20-Mar-07 21:54:38

i managed to 'teach' dd to suck her thumb. when she was tiny i'd move her fist towards her mouth. read about it in that 'socila baby' book i think. she found her thumb after a while, maybe she'd have done it herself anyway. never tried dummies.

malaleche Tue 20-Mar-07 21:54:29

im pretty sure you wont be able to make him prefer the blanket, but good luck anyway!
I think DD2 started sucking her blanket out of rage and frustration while i was doing CC with her

oh no, the dreaded blanket.

a friend of mine's dd used to have a "silky", but she lost it one day when she was at her gran's. the only replacement granny could find was a pair of silky french knickers. needs must sometimes with children.

maybe I should find a blanket for ds. at least it wouldn't require so much manual dexterity to get it back in his gorb.

I should probably say that ds can sleep for up to 3 hours with his dummy in. he is a champion sucker. but usually he wakes every hour and seems to have forgotten how to sleep without it.

it wouldn't be so bad if he hadn't been sleeping through the night in december.

malaleche Tue 20-Mar-07 21:46:37

Unfortunately i dont think you can teach a child to suck their thumb...DD1 sucks her finger, DD2 sucks her blanket despite my attempts to encourage finger-sucking, so no doubt she'll still be trailing it about with her years from now, damn.

pooka Tue 20-Mar-07 21:44:21

I still leave ds in his cot with dummies strewn like rose-petals about his head in the hope that he's bound to come across one when he wakes. Alas he used to wake up with dummies embedded in his cheeks instead.

LadyOfTheFlowers Tue 20-Mar-07 21:43:02

loop an elastic band in ech side of the handle then hook them over the ears.

pooka Tue 20-Mar-07 21:42:52

How horrible. Must point out that my friend is a dedicated and caring nurse who was horrified and also that the baby was fast asleep perfectly happy. Not the point - but no children were harmed in the making of the story.

Wallace Tue 20-Mar-07 21:41:56

<<<on the phone to social services>>>

When I was trying to get ds2 to use a dummy I wondered if it would be so terrible to suspend it from the ceiling above his cot at just the right height for him to suck. Then at least if it popped out he would be able to find it again...

ah jam on thumb. that might work.

he does sometimes suck his thumb, but then stops in order to flap. he's a very flappy baby.

oh pooka. that's just reminded me of the sight of dd in intensive care in a spanish hospital with all 4 limbs tied to the bed because they didn't have any proper toddler cots. think I really am a bit tired and emotional.

pooka Tue 20-Mar-07 21:39:44

Maybe if you fashioned some kind of sling contraption he could be encouraged to suck his thumb. Or smear said thumb with chocolate spread or jam?

It's not a serious suggestion,no.

I've been trying to get ds2 to sleep without his dummy, and the result so far is his waking up every 12 mins instead of every hour. hence the gap between the first post and this one.

has anyone successfully taught a baby to suck their thumb?

pooka Tue 20-Mar-07 21:38:29

Now I have a friend who is the ward sister or similar on a children's ward. She once had a patient (aged under 1) who was very very loud, upset, unwell ( ).
She walked past his bed one evening and did a double take. One of the agency nurses who was there earlier had used the tape they use for bandaging and fixed his dummy in. Friend went ballistic - nurse left.

Have to admit though that with mine, I did look longlingly at a roll of bandage with the same idea.

Hope you get some sleep.

Waswondering Tue 20-Mar-07 21:33:48

I know of a father who used his bandana to tie the dummy in while his wife was out on one occasion. Baby was next to him on the sofa and they were all happy . . .

AitchYouBerk Tue 20-Mar-07 21:32:19

i remember seeing someone on here saying that the cherry ones don't fall out so often. especially if you superglue them to the face.

NormaStanleyFletcher Tue 20-Mar-07 21:30:32

DH just came and read over my shoulder, saw two thread titles and said 'ahhhhh... ssllleeeeepppp'.
Clicked on this one and said 'fine idea - I'm sleeping on the sofa '

simplycontrolfreaky Tue 20-Mar-07 21:27:22

yes. me.

Toothyboy Tue 20-Mar-07 21:27:13

As long as you tell us if it works and how much sellotape was required, we'll keep it quiet !

Milliways Tue 20-Mar-07 21:26:56

Sellotape it to the mattress, and tie him face down on top of it?

totaleclipse Tue 20-Mar-07 21:26:33

wrap the tape all the way round the head, no danger of dummy escaping that way

danceswithaSPRINGinherstep Tue 20-Mar-07 21:25:57

I'd suggest gaffer tape m'self

malaleche Tue 20-Mar-07 21:25:26

dont know if you're serious Sra. but could be dangerous?

<v tired thunk>

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