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Although I've never agreed with dummies when it comes to giving them to babies and toddlers my feelings and attitude towards them changed after I did some research online. They were frowned-upon things when I was young, my parents had heard of and seen too many children with misaligned teeth and damaged palates so I never had one and had to listen to horror stories about how bad they were for babies. These days dummies are different to how they once were, they no longer have bulbous hard teats which fill a babies mouth instead they are soft and pliable and are even recommended as something that can prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
Because my newborn isn't breastfed he's not really a 'sucky' baby, he enjoys his bottle feeds but is then quite content to sleep inbetween feeds however he still hasn't quite distinguished the difference between night and day and gets an energy spurt at 11pm every night which lasts for a couple of hours. During these 2 hours he finds it difficult to settle, we try to put him down in his Moses basket but rather than sleep he becomes grouchy and unsettled and only calms down if one of us holds or comforts him. Looking online for tips on getting babies to sleep at night saw me come across various recommendations from people suggesting a dummy as a means of night-time comfort and a quick trip to Boots a day later saw me return home with something I never thought I'd get for my child; a pack of dummies.
Avent free-flow dummies are suitable for newborns and babies up to 6 months old. My 2 pack of dummies cost a little under £5.00 and whilst there were a number of colour choices available I selected the transparent pair with coloured detailing. Philips, who make the Avent range describe them as being a "Freeflow Soother with extra airflow for baby's skin. Philips AVENT orthodontic, collapsible and symmetrical teats respect the natural development of baby's palate, teeth and gums. All Philips AVENT soothers are made of silicone and are taste and odour-free" and unlike dummies of old these have flattened teats which fit gently into a baby's mouth. The shape of them allows them to not obstruct or come into contact with a baby's nose and they have a ring handle which is firmly fixed.
The have Orthodontic, symmetrical collapsible teats and are dishwasher safe and can be sterilised and whilst I was still in two minds the first time I allowed my child to have one I have to say that it does give him the comfort he yearns for at the time when we are trying to get some sleep. It didn't take him too long to figure out how to use it and within seconds he was sucking merrily away only becoming a bit grizzly when it fell out his mouth. He seems to only want to use it for a short period of time before falling into a settled sleep and it is our intention only to use it for a short period of time during any unsettled periods during the night as it's not something we want him to become to accustomed to or too reliant on.
I still can't say that I particularly like dummies I have to admit but these ones from Philps Avent are nothing like the ones I remember from my own childhood and I do think they can have a place in a new baby's home. There's plenty of information online about how dummies can be beneficial to a baby's early development and how they're thought to be a good thing to use to prevent SIDS so I would definitely recommend someone taking a look if they're wanting to find out more. For a fiver these dummies are a good buy I think, they give my son a few hours of comfort when he's being a bit grizzly and won't go to sleep although they're still things that I wouldn't want him to become too reliant on and I certainly wouldn't want him to still be using them in a few months time.
All in all I think 4 stars as a rating is fair, there's no valid reason why they shouldn't get five stars from me other than the fact that I just don't like them. Research them for yourself would be my advice, even if you don't agree with dummies in general I do think they can be useful even if they're just a short-term thing.
Thanks for reading my review.
When I had my first daughter there was some new research out which I don't think actually went anywhere but experts decided that giving your baby a dummy actually prevented cot death. The idea was that as cot death occurs when in a deep sleep the dummy sucking meant that most babies wouldn't reach a deep enough sleep. I hadn't planned on giving my daughter a dummy but once I heard this I knew that I would never forgive myself if something happened and I hadn't given her one and the same was the case when I had my second daughter nearly two years ago.
I decided to go with these soothers with my youngest daughter because we bought an Avent steriliser and bottles and a dummy came free, the idea was actually that I would breast feed to begin with but that didn't work so she ended up with the bottles. As we had got a free soother we decided we would buy more of the same so that our daughter wouldn't get confused between different types.
You can buy these soothers in many places such as supermarkets, chemists, baby specialising shops and even online so they are not at all difficult to come by. The soothers come in a pack of two which are generally between about £3.50 and £4 however they are often on offers in supermarkets. You can buy 3 different packs of these, a pink and a clear, two clears or a blue and a clear, with having a girl we went for the pink and clear pack.
The soothers are designed for babies from 0-6 months of age which it states on the piece of cardboard which they come attached too, the soothers also come in a plastic case which can be reused which I found really helpful for carrying around a spare soother when we were out. The soothers also have a small plastic cover on them which simply clip over the teat and hold onto to a gap in the soother, these were really good and I used them once I had sterilised a soother before putting them in the fridge.
The soothers are BPA free which is what we are advised to look out for now with baby items aswell as being taste and odourless. The plastic of the soother has extra holes in apparently to help the skin and they are shaped so that they sit nicely under the nose no matter which way your baby puts it in their mouths.
My daughter liked these soothers and took to them straight away, they were great for helping sooth her back to sleep after her night feeds. We used these soothers until she was the recommended 6 months and then we moved onto the next stage of Avent soothers which were nicely decorated and more fun looking. We took the soothers away from our daughter at a year old however she still has them to go to sleep on a night so I think Santa may be getting a present from our daughter this year!
There are many contrasting opinions on the use of dummies with babies and young children, however having watched my nieces and nephews use a dummy to help soothe them to sleep, I realised that a dummy/soother can be a real comfort to a baby when they are trying to get over to sleep, when they are getting hungry and you are trying to get the bottle ready, or when they are simply irritable and you have tried literally everything else and they need a little soothing, which seems to come with them sucking.
I have been bottle feeding my baby daughter since birth, and have been using the Avent range of bottles and so I wanted a soother from the same range, as I wasn't sure that she would take one from a different range. Prior to having her a picked up a pack of 2 of these Avent Freeflow Soothers in Asda when they were on offer at £3. These soothers come in a variety of colours, both of mine are neutral colours thus suiting either a boy or girl, as I didn't know what I was having. These soothers are suitable from birth to 6 months.
Both soothers come with clip on caps which help keep them clean when not in use, although I tend to use a dummy clip and attach it to her clothing to ensure that if she drops it from her mouth it won't hit the floor. I always keep one dummy beside her moses basket at night when she can't settle to sleep, and I would use the cap on this one.
These soothers are also aimed at sensitive skin by providing extra airflow with additional holes. I'm not exactly sure how that works though. Most of the range of Avent soothers are BPA free, as well as being made of silicone and also are odourless and taste free and these are no exception.
I found myself using these soothers when my baby was a couple of weeks old, as there were times, most likely due to being a little colicy that we had simply tried everything to soothe her and found that one of these dummies settled her and often sent her over to sleep. I reserve the dummy for these times and when she struggles to get over to sleep despite it being very clear that she is tired. The only thing we have found is that she struggles to sometimes get a good grip of the dummy however I don't think this has anything to do with this soother and rather just my baby daughter not always remembering to keep sucking.
All in all, I have found that my daughter seems to take well to these dummies, with the exception of the times she forgets to suck. It definitely soothes her either from the little bit of colic that she suffers from, or soothes her over to sleep, which is what I dummy should be used for in my opinion, and certainly not just to keep a baby quiet. I am very happy with these dummies and will continue to use this Avent freeflow range.
When I was pregnant I didn't really understand the point of dummy's, I just ignorantly presumed it was to "shut your baby up"... however, since my little girl was born I can now understand what they are for.
When my baby was very small she liked to suckle CONSTANTLY! She could be there for hours and would use me to get herself to sleep. Sucking is very comforting for babies and it was the only way I was able to calm my little girl down and get her to sleep, however, due to the lack of sleep I was getting a friend suggested to try her with a dummy.
So I went down to Boots and saw the huge range of different types of dummy's. I initially opted for the Tommy Tippie orthodontic dummy, firstly because it was meant to be better for baby's mouth growth and teeth development than the "old style" big round dummy, secondly because it was on offer.
When I tried my little girl on the Tommy Tippie, she just would not accept it. As she is breastfed she is not used to hard rubber things in her mouth, and I found the shape of the dummy rather strange.
I was about to give up on dummys when another friend suggested the Avent orthodontic dummy & it worked!
~ Packaging ~
The dummy comes in pack of two, in a plastic case. This case is only for sale purposes, a few of the other dummy's I bought, the case can also be used as a microwave steriliser.
~ Product ~
The dummy comes in a range of colours, the ones I opted for initially was a clear surround with a bright orange middle - this was not through choice, these were the only ones left available in Boots. I have recently purchased another packet with a pastel but see-through pink and completely clear.
The dummy has a flat shield with a useful ring handle for easy pick up and giving to your baby. The teat is made of silicone which is meant to be odourless and flavourless. It is quite long and relatively flat, and are easily squashed. It is the same both ways up (well I cant tell the difference), so it doesn't matter if you put the dummy in upside down. This is to ensure that the babys palate and teeth are not affected and shaped by the use of the dummy.
The "freeflow shield" just means it has more holes in the shield to allow more air to get to baby's face to ensure that their skin around the mouth doesn't get damp and sore. As my little girl will only keep it in her mouth for 15 mins approx in one go to help her get to sleep then it drops out (yes she does fall asleep in 15 mins! happy mummy!) I cant image she could develop sores in that time. However, I'm sure people use these for longer period of time.
The best thing about this dummy which I haven't seen with other brands is the clip on casing. Each dummy comes with its own case, which covers the teat and clips into the shield. This means the sterilised nipple is kept clean when not used. They are great to just pop in your changing bag or pocket while away from the home & its nap time. The other dummy's I have seen are kept in the sterilising case which are quite bulky and not easy to keep closed. My other half wasn't too keen on these clip on case due to his big thumbs, but now he finds it easy.
These are also BPA free, I think all baby products are now BPA free, but it is something to keep an eye out for as it is a rather nasty toxic substance!
~ My baby's opinion ~
These are the only dummy's my breastfed baby will accept, I presume it's due to the shape and the fact that they are very soft and easily squashed by her suckling tongue. This allows me to put her to bed without the requirement to feed her, which also means the other half can now do bedtime!
As I said above, I liked these so much I have purchased another packet so I can always have a couple sterilised.
~ Availability ~
As this is one of the major baby brands, they are available everywhere. They may be short on the colours, but I've seen them in Boots, Tescos, Asda, Mothercare, Kiddicare and all over the internet. They cost around £4 - £5 for a pack of two.
~ Would I recommend ~
Yes, if you find your baby wants to suckle to get themselves to sleep, I would definitely recommend giving these a go.
When I was pregnant I decided that I wasn't going to give my baby a dummy, this was mainly due to the fact that I had a dummy until I was four (yes four!!!) and after it was taken from me I started to suck my thumb and this carried on until I was in my teens (the shame). It worried me that my baby would end up the same, of course I knew that I could try and get my baby off the dummy earlier but my mum had tried the same with me all those years ago.
I had my baby, and for the first few days she had no dummy so I was thrilled, obviously it was very early days and that may have changed but one day when my health visitor came my daughter was particularly grizzly and to my absolute shock and horror she took a new pack of dummies out of her bag and popped one into my baby's mouth! I was lost for words and I honestly couldn't believe what I had seen but I didn't dare say anything to her as she was a bit of a dragon!! After she had left I was so upset that I rang my mum and told her what had happened and immediately she told me to take the dummy off my daughter, bearing in mind she had only had it for a little over an hour and a half. I did this and she went mental!!! I was shocked to see that after such a short time of having a dummy that she would get attached so quickly. I tried to refrain from giving her the dummy back but sadly was left with no choice and that was it, my daughter had a dummy :(
The dummy the health visitor had shoved in was a particularly ugly one so I decided that if she was to have one my daughter would have a nice looking one at least so I went to Tesco and picked up a pack of the Avent Freeflow soothers. All my bottles were Avent so I thought it would be ideal to follow suit and have the dummies from them too. I decided to choose clear dummies although there was a large range to choose from - pink, blue, purple, picture ones etc. There are two dummies in a pack, and they come in a clear plastic oval shaped case which I did find a little difficult to open. Each dummy has its own clip on cap to protect the teat when not in use and I thought this was good especially after stelising the dummies. The teats are clear which is so much nicer than those awful yellow coloured teats, there is no way I could have had one of those for my daughter at all. I much prefer how they are silicone teats rather than the awful latex ones.
The technical details of the Avent soothers are as follows:
*Orthodontic and symmetrical collaspible teat
* Flat drop-shaped symmetrical teats respect the natural development of your baby's palate, teeth and gums even if the soother ends up upside down in the mouth
* Snap on protective cap to keep sterlised teats hygenic
* Security ring for easy removal of the soother at any time
* Shield ventilation holes
* Ventilation holes in the shield prevent saliva build up and reduce the risk of skin irritation
A pack of the Avent Freeflow Soothers is around £3.89, however I have noticed them on offer at Asda for 2 packs for a fiver which is a great price!
As I said my daughter took to the dummy very fast and when I replaced the one she had been given with the Avent one she seemed even more keen on them and settled very quickly with them. I would recommend the Avent soothers as they are a good quality and can withstand a lot of chewing when your baby is teething! They can go in the steriliser and come out perfect which is great as some dummies just don't seem to be able to withstand certain sterilisers so I have been told by other mums. The Avent dummies come in various age stages, 0-6 months, 6-12 months and 12-18 months - however my daughter is two and a half and still uses them. My one worry now is how the hell am I going to get her off them???
All in all these are excellent dummies and if you do give your baby a dummy I would say you wouldn't be disappointed with these.
One of my girls Hannah has a soother i try limit it to nights only but she does sneak one during the day, she only needs a soother when she is very tired and she finds them a great comfort to her.
I bought the avent soothers this time as i liked the packet stating they are orthodontic safe.
It is something that worried me was her mouth and teeth having problems because she is having a soother but avent soother made me feel more at ease.
The soothers come in a pack of two for £3.99 from boots. I have lilac and clear for hannah but come in other colours too. The shield around the moth have spaces to help the air circulate and stop any build up of dribble that can cause irritation to Hannah's mouth. The teats are different from her other soothers yet she seems to like them, soft silicon and oblong shaped.
These come in newborn, 3-9 months and 12-18 months. They are easy to clean and sterilise and the soothers come in a clear storage box so once clean can be kept clean.
I really like avent products and i like these soothers.
I highly recommend the avent soothers, nothing to worry about with these, soft gentle on gums and wont do damage to teeth or jaws.
Avent Freeflow soother
I bought my daughter soother's before she was born as I thought they would come in handy to have them just in case she was restless at night time or during the day.
It turns out that my daughter isn't overly fussed on a soother unless she is very hungry and is waiting for her bottle to be heated or cooled. For the first few months after birth she took a soother at night before she went to sleep.
The health visitor told me that giving your child a soother at the start is good to help prevent cot death however later on it could harm speech and the formation of their teeth. As she was only tiny and I thought I would give one to her at night only so I bought these.
**WHAT IS IT**
These soothers have extra airflow for sensitive skin this is done by the six holes on the shield. The soother is orthodontic, collapsible and symmetrical. This is all to help the development of your child's gums, teeth and palate. The soother is made of silicone so if your child is allergic to this do not use them.
The soother does exactly what the name tells you and that is soothe your child. They will suck on the soother for comfort as they would if they were feeding.
I got two soothers in a pack one the shield was white and the other was pink. I think you can get them in other colours but I am not sure what these are. The shield may be coloured but it is slightly see-through as well.
The soother has a handle so you can easily and safely navigate it into your child's mouth or take it out if need be. This is coloured as well.
The shield has six holes for air to circulate. These are located at the sides, two at the top and two at the bottom. When the soother is in your child's mouth they look comfortable when they are sucking on it.
A bonus about these soothers is that they have a lid to put on them. I have since found (by accident) that not all soothers have this. I accidentally bought a packet that didn't and found it very hard to keep them clean. These soothers have a lid that clicks over the soother teat and will protect it when you are not using it. It also means that the teat is more hygienic as you don't have to touch it.
The two soothers will come in a plastic box which you can store them in. Personally I didn't keep the box as I felt I didn't need it.
Sticking out of the box is a piece of cardboard and it has the Avent logo on it. There is a picture of the soother on the front also. It lets you know that the soother is BPA free/
The back of the cardboard gives you contact details for Avent if you need them.
It cost me £3.99 for two soothers and I feel that this is average value for money as each soother cost £2. The good thing about having two is that is one gets dirty which often happens as children constantly throw them on the ground you will always have a spare one.
I bought the 0-6 months one and I think with constant use that you should replace them after 3 months or as soon as they have worn in any way. You need to check your soother every time before giving to your child to make sure that the teat hasn't came away and that it is safe to give to your child.
You can sterilise these in the steam sterilise which is handy as I can put them in with the bottles when I am sterilising them. They are easy to clean as well and are easy to use.
These soothers are good if your child has sensitive skin as my daughter has never had any problems with these and her skin would be delicate. She has never had a rash with them because of being wet. As the air can get in it means that if she slobbers then it will dry.
I would recommend these soothers to anyone who's child likes a soother or a cross baby. They are good if you need to use them constantly as they are kind to skin.
We had been given a pack of the Avent Fashion soothers ready for our little one arriving, but found that the large area that sits on the lip, along with teething dribble meant that our LO developed a dribble rash around his mouth. However, he did like the teat on the avent dummies, so we switched to the freeflow type.
We have never looked back- these dummies solved that problem within a week (along with vaseline applied every night- a great tip given to me by someone!) They look really nice too, and I liked the fact that the two pack provides different colours, so you know which one is clean and which is dirty. You can also buy them in patterns too, so we got a whole batch of them- you can never have enough dummies, as they are sure to get thrown across the room/ hidden under a teddy / left at playgroup!
The other great thing about these dummies are the caps- they are a god send. They are very secure, which means you can store the dummy in your pocket safely and not have to worry about it getting dirty. Also, the little ones can't get them off, so if they do spot them when they're not meant to have them, they can't actually get the dummy in their mouth and soon get bored, so will give them up without a fuss.
Overall, a great little product, we never consider buying any other type of dummy.
We decided while I was pregnant, that we would try not to give our baby a dummy because of all the literature I had been given from my midwife about it interfering with breastfeeding.
After three or four sleepless (and I mean sleepless!) nights we were desperate. We had been given two Avent soothers free with our kit of steriliser, breast pump etc. My partner convinced me to give it a go - I was cynical however. If the baby couldn't sleep for longer than ten minutes at a time, what was a dummy going to do? It wasn't magic was it?
Oh what a naive fool I was! With dummy inserted Mia promptly fell into a more peaceful slumber that lasted at least a couple of hours, and Avent soothers had won our hearts!
In any case, Mia refused to take any other brand of dummy whatsoever, or teat for that matter.
I promptly set out to buy more, we now have a veritable range of colours for our little one. (it is recommended to change soothers after three months, always check teat for damage before giving to baby, especially when teeth appear). I prefer the freeflow ones pictured above, because they are in pleasant colours, with a translucent outer part, which means the babies face isn't as obstructed from view.
These soothers are made from silicone, with six holes in the outer section. This is designed for your baby's comfort. In my experience they certainly seem comfortable for Mia.
Another useful bonus for us was that sucking on the dummy so much, seemed to strengthen Mia's mouth and jaw, making her able to feed better and for longer.
There is new advice from the FSID that giving your baby a dummy, even for naps, can reduce the risk of cot death. However it is still not recommended to give a breast fed baby a dummy until one month old to ensure breastfeeding is well established. This was never a problem for us personally, with Mia being happy to switch between breast, bottle and dummy without fussiness.
They vary in price between retailers but are around £3.50-£4.00 for a pack of two with a nice range of colours available. They are widely available from Toysrus, Mothercare, Boots, Superdrug and some supermarkets.
Asda have a good range and have been running an offer for several months - 2 packs for £5 which I have taken advantage of - it's a great bargain.
I would highly recommend this product. It's a veritable must have for parents of a new baby!
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