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

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SenoraPostrophe Tue 20-Mar-07 21:24:42

<v tired thunk>

Madoldcatlady Fri 23-Mar-07 23:18:52

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 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...

SenoraPostrophe Fri 23-Mar-07 15:39:55

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.

TurkishDeelite Wed 21-Mar-07 22:56:37

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

SenoraPostrophe Tue 20-Mar-07 22:04:35

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!!

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