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My granddaughter loved her dummies. My daughter didn't want her to have one but she found that she wanted to feed constantly and wouldn't settle unless she was suckling something so she bought her a dummy and it really helped her to settle.
These dummies came in a pack of two inside a plastic case and they had a simple colour on them. They weren't anything particularly fancy but my daughter didn't want something that stands out so this was fine.
The dummies are aimed for babies between 0-3 months, they are quite small compared to others and this is so that they fit the baby better, a larger dummy would be too much for a little one to manage. These were fine for my granddaughter. They aren't too big out of the mouth either so your baby's face isn't just taken up by plastic which is nice.
They are easy to clean as they are safe to go in the steriliser which is very important as you need to sterilise anything that your baby is going to be putting in it's mouth really. I would give it a rinse and then pop it in the steriliser.
The only problem with the dummy is that my granddaughter became very attached to it and if we ever lost one it would be a big problem and everyone would know about it! We ended up buying several of these as well as the larger ones so it would stop upset from happening if any were lost.
My son used a Avent Newborn Soother. I opted to use the Avent soother simply because it seemed to offer be the best value for a good quality product when I was looking online. The a twin-pack of the Avent Newborn Soother cost me £5.25 from Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk), which included postage and packaging. I thought this price was okay and while I could find cheaper soothers to buy, I did want a soother with a recognised name for safety and quality purposes.
The soothers came in unexciting packaging that was cardboard backed with a plastic covering. They come in a variety of colours, and the one that I chose for my son was the orange colour because it was bright and appealing. The base of the dummy is translucent but coloured the colour of your choice (I think you can also choose clear, blue or red). I like the fact that the dummy comes with a protective cap that snaps on the top so that when the dummy is not in use then it can be kept clean.
The soother itself is made of silicone and so it is soft but also firm enough that it makes it easy for my son to suck on. The teat is an orthodontic shape - which was also my preference as my health visitor recommended that this would be better for my son's overall dental development. Like I said, my son found it easy to suck on this dummy but the dummy would always fall out once he'd fallen asleep. It has a ring on the handle so that I could also remove the dummy easily if I wanted to.
The dummy can be sterilised between uses - and I would do this at least once a day. This was obviously good for health reasons.
I used the soother with my son until he was about 4 months old and then I found that the teat was just too small for him and we had to progress on to another soother.
Overall, I would recommend this soother for anyone with a baby from birth to four months. It worked well.
Every mother and newborn is different and I don't think anyone should question how they bring up their babies but I personally hate to see toddlers or anyone older than about three months with a dummy in their mouth. I know for some babies and mothers they re a necessity but I tired to make sure that I never used them with my babies. I was lucky I guess but neither of my kids really cried for hours on end, when they were both babies they only really whimpered a bit when they wanted some milk/food or a cuddle and so situation was duly dealt with and they were fine again so I've never had to rely on a dummy to get them to calm down or back to sleep.
When my little boy was a few weeks old though he caught an awful cold and was a bit put out so I decided as sort of a last resort to buy some dummies to see if they would soothe him a bit and hopefully get him to sleep as he was losing a lot of sleep with his horrible cold. I was losing a lot of sleep too so anything that I could do to possible help would have been great.
I purchased these dummies as they were the only ones they had for sale in my local Boots and I know Avent to be a good name so I decided to purchase these. They came in a twin pack which I thought was a good idea as you could sterilise one whilst the other was in use or keep one at home and take the other one out with you etc. According to the packaging, "Avent Soothers are orthodontic, collapsible and symmetrical teats and they respect the natural development of baby's palate, teeth and gums. 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." I think this is good to know, especially if you allow your baby to suck on these when they are old enough to have teeth so hopefully their teeth are not damaged by the soother.
The dummies have a sold silicone teat which is quite similar to the shape of a nipple so its like they have something similar in their mouth and will like the shape and comfort of it. The back of the dummy has a hooped ring on it so you can use this to put it into your baby's mouth and its also handy to have it there to pull out the dummy if you need to. They also come with a plastic cap as well which snaps shut over the teat so you can pack them in your change bag if you want to take them out for the day with you.
In the end my little boy did not end up taking to these dummies and I'm glad he didn't as he can now soothe himself back to sleep and I do not have to worry about weaning him off these in months to come. He managed to put them in his mouth ok but never really latched onto them well and it just kept falling out of his mouth or he would push it out with his tongue so although they are a good quality product they did not work for us.
WHAT ARE THEY?
A pack of two soothers suitable from newborn up until your baby is about six months old. They are made by Avent and you can buy them in a range of soft translucent colours.
These soothers are very small so are comfortable on the face of very young babies. I bought the clear soothers because I didn't know if I was having a boy or a girl so bought things that could be used for either sex. The handle of the soother is small but big enough for me or her father to hook a finger through to remove it from our daughters mouth. The teat is made from silicone and is designed to be kind to developing gums and teeth, it is also taste and odour free so your baby is not likely to reject it.
WHAT I THINK
I have self soothed my daughter from birth and this includes using a soother as something to latch onto. These Avent soothers have suited my purpose because the teat doesn't fall out of my daughters mouth unless she pulls or drops it out herself. The teat is quite flat so I thought it would fall out of her mouth a lot but that only happens if she is crying. She is only very young so cannot place the soother in her mouth by herself but the handle would help an older baby to guide it into their own mouth.
I check the teat every time I use a soother and neither of our Avent soothers have deteriorated at all yet. I like the large holes on the main plastic portion of the soothers because they allow my daughters skin to breathe even when around her mouth is damp with dribble, this prevents a rash from developing. Each soother comes with a plastic cap that clips on over the teat and that is good for keeping the teat sterile, the only trouble is that the cap is tiny so easy to lose but I have just kept the clear plastic box that the soothers came in to store the soothers when not in use and also the teat caps.
A pack of two Avent newborn soothers costs £9, that is expensive to the cost of other soothers but the quality makes the cost worth it.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
Before I had children, I was adamant that I was never going to use dummies, but three days after my little one arrived, no sleep and what seemed like she was constantly crying, that all changed and I used them until Lauren was 2 years old.
One of the main reasons we started to use them (apart from the soothing aspect) was that having already lost a baby, my midwife had commented to me during pregnancy that there were studies which showed that using a dummy, particularly at night time helped reduce the risk of cot death as the sucking motion kept the brain 'busy' so that 'won' it for me. The fact that I wasn't breastfeeding also meant I wouldn't experience any latching on problems due to the different sucking techniques needed.
The dummies are available from most chemists, supermarkets and baby stores like Mothercare, Kiddicare etc. The price for a pack of 2 dummies can range from £2.50 to £5 depending upon any special offers that may be on.
The dummies come in a variety of colours, ranging from translucent, translucent with a coloured centre piece to multicoloured/patterned. I tended to go for the clear dummies as I found they were less obvious but I did find that these were the hardest to find in the shops so when I did spot them, I tended to stock up. They also come in a variety of different sizes; 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months and 12-24 months, as you go up the size range, the size of the teat and dummy increases.
It is recommended that you replace the dummies after 4 weeks for hygiene reasons and you need to sterilise them regularly, I used to sterilise them daily by giving them a clean in warm soapy water and then just popping them into my steriliser. I did find as Lauren got older (towards 24 months), she had a tendency to bite the dummy and because the teat is quite soft, it did use to split quite easily, this would be the only downside. Once this happened, I used to throw them away.
For the first few months, Lauren suffered with colic, I found it was easy to give her gripe water as I would just dip the end of her dummy into the bottle and this seemed to ease the pain for her.
My biggest concern about using a dummy was that Lauren would be dependent on them and weaning her off would be a nightmare, I had planned that by her first birthday, she would be dummy free, but this didn't work - mainly due to me, I found that it was easier to give in when she wanted it than persist. I did however manage to just give it to her in the evenings and once she realised this was the 'new rule', she would quite happily give me her dummy. On Christmas Eve (which is just before her 2nd birthday), we left it out with the glass of milk and mince pie for Santa and luckily, she accepted this and never asked for it again.
Overall, I would recommend these dummies, they acted as a great soother, kept my little one happy and contented (as much as a baby suffering with colic can do!) so I would give the product 5 out of 5.
Thanks for reading.
When our baby girl came along we we're bought many presents for her. One of them we're these avent newborn soothers. I was intrigued by these as we had 0-3 month soothers and so wondered if the these we're any smaller.
On examination I found that they were, the teat is downsized to not make your baby gag and even the actual 'shield' part of the soother is smaller so it doesn't completely swamp your babies face!
The soother and teat is all transparent and I found this a real help as it made it easier to see if anything was getting into the teat such as saliva so it was easier to find any tiny splits and also the clear shield meant I could see my babies face, so if there were any signs of a dribble rash on my babies chin from the dummy rubbing it I could remove the dummy to help it clear.
The soothers are also orthodontic and this is great as you don't have to worry about your baby as they begin to get teeth.
You can also sterilised these soothers, which is ideal especially as they are aimed at newborns so you definitely need to be able to sterilise anything that goes in their mouth!
The only downside to these soothers was that I didn't find they lasted that long due to the fact that my baby girl grew so quick and eventually the teat became too small for her to keep a hold of it in her mouth. So by around 8 weeks old we had to move onto the 0-3 soothers.
However I would recommend these as for the short time we used them they were brilliant.
Having used a variety of baby and childcare/ feeding products, Avent are one of the brands I really like. The Avent Newborn Soothers we have used are made from silicone, so they don't have the nasty rubbery taste that you used to get with older style rubberized teats. They are also long lasting and easy for a younger baby to use.
The Avent Newborn Soothers come in a duo pack and can be bought for anything from £2.99 up to £4.99 depending on where you purchase them. One thing I liked about these Avent Newborn Soothers is the fact that they were made from 100% clear/ see through material. This allowed us to still see all of our babys face and not just some enormous brightly coloured soother covering a huge part of it.
The fact that the teats are see through enabled us to make sure that when our child used these, they didn't cause any redness or rubbing of the skin. In other words we could stop using the soothers for a period of time, if they seemed to be inflaming the skin. The silicone used is durable, but not too firm so that it seems alien to a new baby and the teat is designed and shaped well.
We found that the size of the Avent Newborn Soothers was good too as they were sized down in proportion to the age of our child, so had smaller teats and smaller surrounds. This is something we had confidence in, as we knew we hadn't picked a soother that was too big and bulky for our child.
We found the soothers easy to sterilise and used both mircowave and cold water methods with equal success. Each time the soothers came out nice and clean and ready for use. The Avent Newborn Soothers are orthodontic soothers so are made to work with your babys mouth shape, not against it and are designed so as not to interfere with growth or development.
We found we liked the fact that the Avent Newborn Soothers were BPA free, so we felt they were safe to use with a new baby. Allergic reactions were something we wanted to avoid and we didn't have any problems in that area. The soothers are suitable right from birth up to 3 months and we found that our child found some comfort in them at certain times.
We felt the Avent Newborn Soothers were safe enough to use with our new baby as they were well made and worked well. To give them a star rating I feel that 4 stars is about right. They were something we used at times to soothe our child between feeds, or when generally unsettled and they seemed to do a good job, so I would recommend them for use with a younger baby.
When I was pregnant I bought all of the essential stuff and then the stuff that I might need or may become useful. These avent dummies fell into the latter category. I never planned to use dummies as I had been told a lot of things that had put me off from using them. I thought I would buy some anyway just in case, as a new mother I didn't know what to expect and I didn't know if my daughter would be able to settle well without them.
When I was in hospital I became seriously ill and wasn't able to see my daughter for a week. When i finally met her she already had a dummy in her mouth supplied by the hospital. This i wasn't very happy with as I felt that the decision to allow my daughter to have a dummy or not had been taken away from me.
When we got home those 'may be useful' avent dummies became an essential. I was quick to change the hospitals unbranded dummy for one of these avent ones, my daughter took to it very well considering it was a different shape and texture than the other one.
The dummy's come in a packet of two. They are nicely packaged with a colourful display. They come in a clear box which provides for a great storage box later to keep the dummies sterilised. They also each come with a lid that clips on to the teat end this is very useful for keeping the dummies clean and germ free once sterilised.
The dummies themselves are clear so they are ideal for either girl or boy.
These are handy to buy if you don't know what the sex of the baby is. I bought these because they looked well made and I like all products that come from avent. Both dummies have a safety ring handle and the perfectly symmetrical design ensures the natural development of palate, teeth and gums. This is an important factor to me as problems with teeth were of the many horror stories' I got told about using dummies.
The teats are made from silicone and are taste and odour free. They are also vented so they are suitable to be steam sterilised. This is an important factor as I believe in using sterilisers instead of sterilising fluid. I would highly recommend that before you use the dummy's you sterilise them at least once.
These avent soothers are recommended for babies aged 0-3 months. It is also advised that you check the soothers regularly for wear and tear. We never had any problems with ours, but every one could be different.
I would definitely recommend these to use as a first soother. At around £3 for 2 they are not a bad price either!
I didn't want my daughter to have dummies. I had heard that they can stunt speech and I didn't want to have the added addition of having to wean her off of something else when she got a little older. But I was bought some as part of a gift. I didn't have the heart to say "No thanks" and I popped them in the drawer and forgot about them.
The dummies I was given were these Avent Newborn Soothers. They come in a blister pack of two. They advertise "Avent Naturally" and state they are for 0-3 months. There is nothing overly special about these dummies. They are clear plastic in design and the teat bit of the dummy is also clear. I believe the teat is silicon. There are no pictures or colours on these dummies.
According to the packaging, the teats are designed especially for a newborns small mouth and the hard plastic part of the dummy is made in an oval shape with a slight curve so that it fits easily and comfortably to your babies mouth area. One thing I did notice about these dummies is that there is a small clip on cover for the teats for when the dummies are not being used. I thought this was a really good idea and not something you really see very often.
Even though I was against my daughter using dummies, I did relent and break open the pack. This wasn't because she needed comfort when sleeping but it was because she would scream the house down if her bottle was not ready bang on the minute it was due. Waiting for it to warm up was a nightmare and hence one day whilst my husband was trying to calm her down, I quickly sterlised one of the dummies and popped it in her mouth. She sucked on it quite happily. Looking back, it was a bit of trickery on our part as I think she thought it was her bottle she was sucking. She wouldn't use the dummies other than at this time. We tried to give her a dummy when she was refusing to sleep one night but she just spat it out.
I can definately agree that these dummies are soothing and do work. They definately fit to the mouth very well without leaving any gaps around the mouth whilst sucking. They were also very easy to sterilise too. They didn't let any water into the teat which I was pleased about as I have seen many people complaining that dummies do this.
The dummies are very well made. I could not see any danger of the dummy coming apart in my daughter's mouth even though I did keep on eye out just in case as she would suck so furiously whilst waiting for her bottle.
Highly recommended. Cost wise, these will set you back between £3-4 depending on where they are purchased.
When I was pregnant, I bought bottles steriliser dummys and all and had decided I liked Tommee Tippee, I was thrown a baby shower and one of the products in a gorgeous gift basket was a pack of Avent Dummys, I was obviously grateful and they went in the box of goodies ready for our big arrival.
I think it was night 1 at home that we decided we needed to offer a dummy and automatically picked up the tommee tippee ones, our son was not interested at all, we persevered for a while thinking it would take time for him to get used to this strange object, so without forcing it we offered it for comfort to see how we got on. A few weeks in and slowly our son was taking to the dummys but he wasnt overly fussed, I liked to have one with me when I went out but they werent often used, one thing I didnt like about Tommee Tippee was the fact they had to be stored in little sterile pots, I had seen dummies with caps and wanted some, when I looked at the avent ones I was pleased to see they had individual caps. I opened them up and tried them out the next day.
Much to my sons suprise he loved them, when I looked at them properly they were a much better shape and considering they were the same age group they were much bigger which I think helped my son gain comfort from the dummy. Since that day we have always used Avent dummies, and our son has always taken to them much easier. we still have a pack of unopened Tommee Tippee dummys in the draw.
Another benefit is they come in lots of patterns, the newborn clear ones are lovely, nice and new, but as soon as my son got bigger I enjoyed picking dummies that suited him more, blue and yellow ones with little animals on for example. they really are lovely.
We got two Avent Newborn Soothers with the steam steriliser we bought, but said we were never going to use them! The staff at the hospital had drilled it into us that dummies were bad, bad, bad! However, my twins first days were anything but simple, and the reality of being a new parent to two very small, poorly and sad little babies quickly kicked in. My boyfriend could see that I was struggling with two hungry babies that had trouble feeding and would not settle, so it was time to get those dummies out of storage!
Of course it's possible to have the perfect baby that stops crying when cuddled or fed, but I found this so unlike my own experience. It seemed like an unattainable goal preached by midwives and health visitors who were miles away from the panic and helplessness that having two screaming infants brings to someone who'd never done it before! We were so actively discouraged from using dummies (and bottle-feeding, see below) that we felt guilty and that we might be doing our children a real disservice for their future development. Fortunately, our fears were unfounded, and in my opinion we did the right thing by using dummies.
The Avent dummies have a hard plastic face, with a handle that fits into a raised section. The handle is mobile and rotates in the raised section so that it hangs down flat in whatever orientation it is held. The teat is thinner at the end closest to the face of the dummy, and ends in a bulb shape. The teat is oval in section, and seem to be a comfortable shape for my children's mouths. We never had any problems with the dummies falling or being spat out, even though our children were tiny (less than 5lb when we were allowed to take them home).
The dummies also have a clear plastic cap, to protect the teat when it's not being used. It clips on to the face of the dummy, and stays where it's meant to - they do not fall off. This is really useful for carrying round in a changing bag, as I've found that dummies without a cap can gather dirt around the seam between the face of the dummy and the teat.
The Avent dummies aren't meant to interfere with breast-feeding, and we found that this seemed to be the case. Our twins were breast-fed to begin with, although we really struggled with this. We moved on to bottle-feeding after almost a month, and found that the twins coped very well with this too while we were using dummies.
The twins did tend to 'need' to use dummies to settle down for sleep, which became a struggle to wean them off them, but the dummies were useful to have around for when the twins really needed to sleep but weren't settling. Our children had dummies for quite a long time, but they didn't interfere with development of speech or other stages, and when we were ready to get rid of dummies for good, we just had to be tough. It worked, and they'd soon forgotten all about their dummies.
I'm glad we opted for dummies, it made everyone's lives run more smoothly, and they caused no problems for our family. The Avent brand is the best one that we used. The dummies are high quality, we never had any problems with them falling to pieces, and they seemed to be comfortable to use. There are lots of different styles available, as well as plain or clear ones. The design of these dummies is very good, they are small in size, the images used are fun and cute, and the shape of the dummy is pleasant and doesn't hide too much of baby's face. They are the best dummies on the market. We paid between £2.50 and £3 for a pack of two - this is more expensive than some brands, but we're glad we paid the extra.
I bought these soothers for both my Daughter and Son. I do tend to prefer Avent, although I'm not too keen on their bottles, I've never had a problem with any other of their products.
My Daughter refused to take these soothers of any other type or that matter and would fire them out of her mouth and suck her thumb. She is now 17 months and still sucks her thumb! My son, on the other hand loves these soothers and uses them everyday. I suppose children are all different and you cannot force them to take a soother.
Avent soothers are made of clear plastic and the centre comes in a range of bright colours. The teat is clear silicone, which i prefer as the rubber ones tend to wear out quite easily and are usually cheaper. These soothers are around £3.00 to £4.00 and can be bought in Asda and Tesco.
Avent soothers also come with washable caps which protect the teat. This is very important for babies under 12 months who still need everything sterilised. The caps click into place so are difficult for a baby or young child to remove. These soothers are shaped in a way that prevents a rash occurring around a baby's mouth and gives plenty of space between nose and mouth. They also come in a range of ages so you know which are most suitable for your baby and are very long lasting if looked after.
There's often great debate over whether babies should be given soothers or not. I decided whilst pregnant that I wasn't aversed to the idea, so long as my son was weaned off them early on, & wasn't overly dependant on them. I had heard that babies who weren't given soothers would get into the habit of thumb sucking - a habit which is even harder to break since the thumb can't be taken away!
Since I was breastfeeding, we didn't give our son a soother straightaway, as the advice is that learning to suck a teat/soother can interfere with breastfeeding. However, after 3 weeks of constant screaming, we were ready to give soothers a chance!
Having tried other brands & not having much success, we tried the Philips Avent Soothers. I much prefer the looks of these over other soothers - they are clear plastic with either a coloured or clear centre, & the teats are made of transparant silicone. I bought the clear soothers, as I prefer them to be as least noticeable as possible!
The soothers come in a pack of 2 & are housed in a plasic box, which is handy for storage. The soothers each come with a clip on cap, which protects the teat & keeps it clean. They can be sterilised in all the usual ways - I normally pop them in the steriliser when I run it (which is infrequent with breastfeeding), or in a cup of boiling water in between times.
They certainly did the job of soothing my son, & for a few weeks he seemed to be getting very dependant on them to get to sleep & to calm down when crying. I was getting worried about his dependancy....until he discovered his fingers....! Now he will not take the soother at all - pop it in &...'pffft'....it's out again! I'm pleased in a way, but worried about weaning him of the fingers....!
In my opinion, (having tried several brands) these are some of the best soothers out there. They are aesthetically pleasing & a modest size (I hate those dummies that are practically the same size as babies face!). The silicone teat is strong & hard-wearing, & somehow looks cleaner & more hygienic than the traditional rubber teats.
The soothers retail around £3.90 for 2, and are available in a range of sizes (0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-18 months).
I was given a soother when I was a child and so was my sister. I am a strong believer in if a child needs one to give them one but to make sure they do not become reliant on them.
The first time I came accross these was when I bought an avent steriliser for my first child and I had two free in the box. They were see through clear plastic. They had a small teat that fitted into my sons mouth perfectly no gagging. They did not take up his face and make the soother stand out either. These turned out to be very handy with him to keep him calm while I made his bottle at night feeds.
When I had my daughter I also invested in these dummies, this time they were white with ducks on the front. She took to these dummies great too. She was a hungry baby and wanted to feed every two hours so giving her this soother I was able to push her that extra hour.
Now I have just had my third child I made sure that I had bought them in advance for her this time they were a see through plastic with the main part at the front see through orange or blue.
The best part about these soothers is that they come equipped with soother covers so that when you sterilise them you can cover the teat with them and they clip over the dummy securely. This enables the dummy to be kept clean and sterile for your child. I find this very handy when we are out and my child spits it out or I drop one on the floor because I know I have a sterile one in my bag that I can give her.
This brand of soothers are brilliant in my opinion they do a different sized dummy for every age this is clearly labled on the top right hand corner of the packet. They cost £3.49 from boots which is where I buy mine from so that I can gain my advantage card points. This can be a little expensive if you are like me and loose them on a regular basis.
Studies have now shown that children who have soothers are less likely to suffer from cot death due to it reminds the child to breath due to the sucking action they have to do on the soother. This is a main reason that my third child has had one and most parents would agree with that.
I do try not to give my child a soother through the day so that they are not dependant on it in hope that I will not have any problems with removing the soother when she is too old to have it.
I think that these soothers are now a jazzy colour which I love and can match the colours with clothes that I dress her in. The teats are made from silicon, which is great for me due to I have a latex allergy and my children may delvelop or already have this and most soother brands are made from latex.
I have always trusted the avent brand with my children so these were the obviouse choice when I was shopping for them.
Small soother on face
Good value for money
Protective sheild for teat
Expensive if you loose them alot.
As a Mum who swore she would never use a dummy i caved into these on day 3 of having a very unsettled baby who wanted to suckle constantly. I do want to make it clear my son is now 8 months and hasnt used a dummy sinse he was 3 months so i am by no way converted to using a dummy for longterm but i did find they made my son so much calmer and happier so for me they were such an amazing investment! I found until he could see properly he did need the comfort of sucking something without needing minl from me so these just solved the problem. I found them easy to keep clean- just follow the clear instructions about steralising. I found i needed 6 on the go at the one time as he did often drop them after a good chew. This was a brand i trusted and for me they made my baby more settled and these necessary trip to supermarkets etc much more pleasant without screaming - they even helped him sleep at times! However I am not a dummy fan for later as i have read they may stunt speech development.
Easy to sterilise. Made to the highest safety standards, these dummies do not interfere with the natural development of teeth & gums.