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Giving a dummy to an 11 month old for the first time to help sleep?

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butternut234 Tue 21-Jun-11 05:25:54

Should I do it? My baby wakes at least every 2 hours at night and I feed to sleep (breastfeeding). Recently it's been harder and harder to put him down as he wakes up again wanting to comfort suck.

Should I try a dummy? He has 6 teeth - would that be a problem?

Need to do something and controlled crying and co sleeping are not options.


stickwithit Tue 21-Jun-11 15:45:57

Personally I would try it. You cannot underestimate the ill-effects of broken nights.

I realise dummies are a big no-no for some people, and pre-DC I hated to see them, but in my case they saved my sanity. DC teeth are perfect.

There is no guarantee that it will help but it is worth a try.

Good luck.

NicholaGriff Tue 21-Jun-11 19:29:55

I have recently taken away my 8 MO's dummy as I found she was waking in the night for it. Since taking it away, she has not woken during the night once!

I am a complete advocate of dummies, and they have helped me through some very challenging times, but will try to resist giving it back to her again. I would be wary of introducing to your son anything that may make him wake more.

Does he have a toy you could try to get hom to Bond with that can be his blankie??

olivo Tue 21-Jun-11 20:01:36

My DD only bonded with her blankie when she was 14 mo, so maybe worht a try before you go for a dummy. She had started waking again, and this saved us.

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