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Both my daughters had dummies as when my eldest was born the latest research was that dummies prevented babies going into a deep enough sleep to suffer cot death so I decided to give her a dummy when she was born even though I had insisted she wouldn't be getting one. When my youngest daughter was born she was a bit clingy so she ended up with a dummy too.
We have used many dummies through the years as even though both my children have given up the dummy by 1 year old or just under my eldest daughter kept her dummy at night time until she was 3 and my youngest daughter who turns 3 in a few weeks has just given up her night time dummy.
We used these dummies with my youngest daughter as when I saw them in Tesco I thought they looked really cute, the dummies are from Avent and are for babies aged 6-18 months which is stated clearly on the packaging. The soothers come in a couple of different designs, like the ones in the picture they have solid colour around the outside of the dummy and then an animal pictured in the middle.
The dummies come packaged on a cardboard backing and then inside a small plastic container which I used to use to carry a spare sterilised dummy in with an elastic band around to hold it secure.
The dummies are quite small and are circular around the bottom but has a little flat bit on them that sits under your childs nose but for some reason my youngest daughter always turned her dummies round so they were upside down instead. The dummies have a flat side on the teat which and then a little handle on them, the dummies are made of plastic and I never had any damage to any of them but the picture did wear a little after a while.
My daughter was always happy using these dummies and took to them well, she slept peacefully whilst using them and was able to get them in and out of her mouth herself. The dummies are orthodontic approve so although they say dummies are bad for developing teeth these are one of the better ones to choose if you are using dummies.
The dummies have little caps with clip on over the teats for extra hygiene when not in use but we always ended up losing them. The dummies are generally around the £4 mark for 2 which isn't too bad although you should renew your childs dummies frequently even if they are no signs of damage.
I would give these dummies 5 stars, yes you can get cheap ones in discount stores but I am happier paying more for a well known and trusted brand. My daughter was comfortable with these dummies and as far as dummies go they didn't look too bad
~ Avent Fashion Soother ~
I have to admit to not having any idea as to why Avent have called these Fashion Soothers. I have never seen a dummy as a fashion accessory so it just seems a bit strange for them to have this name. Never the less they are just two of the many dummies I have bought for my son during the eleven and a half months he has been here.
I originally purchased these whilst they were on offer for around £2 (ish) in Asda a while back and he has since refused to take dummies anymore so these have been used very little however when he did use them they were a favourite of his, with him sucking away at it to get him off to sleep in the afternoon. So I was glad that I bought them.
These dummies/soothers have been available in many different designs so I guess this is where the 'fashion' bit comes in to it. They are quite cute and often have little animal pictures on them. The set we have consist of one orange dummy and one blue dummy, the orange one has a little hippo and the blue a little crocodile. The shield of the dummy is coloured in a zebra/tiger like pattern of stripes with the center piece being white, it is this that has picture on it. Attached to this a little plastic half ring that acts as a sort of handle.
The shield also has two holes, one either side of the raised middle bit.
On the other side of the dummy is the teat. This is a simple silicon teat in the flatter shape rather than the traditional cherry teats.
These teats are apparently better for baby's mouth and teeth.
The dummies come with little protective clip on covers over the teat and also in a strong sturdy plastic case.
I have washed and sterilised these dummies more times than I care to remember and they have kept their colour and pictures very well. They show no signs of wear and I am quite impressed with them.
They are available in most places that sell branded baby items including Amazon, Asda, Toys'r'us, Boots etc.
They are priced at around £4 but are included in an offer in Asda for 2 items for £6 (correct at time of writing 29/07/2012).
Thanks for reading :o) x
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