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I never intended to give Jayden a dummy (soother)whilst I have nothing against people using them it just wasn't something I had planned to do, however while he was in the special care unit the nurses gave him one to settle him one night. No one asked if we minded but once we got him home he was used to it so we carried on letting him have one. Since then I've lost count of the amount of dummies we have bought, I like to replace them fairly regularly and also we have lost several while we have been out.
The dummies that he is using at night are the Avent Night Time Dummies, these are available in several different colours and designs. Jayden has had several lots of these including yellow and white, the ones he is currently using are blue.
Like most dummies these came attached to a card and were sealed in plastic allowing you to see exactly what you are buying. The Avent logo is displayed on the front where it also informs the customer that these are made from silicone and are BPA free. The packaging describes them as "orthodontist pacifiers with glow in the dark handles"
These are a pretty standard design as dummies go they are made from plastic and have a little coloured centre sometimes with a pattern on them. They are available in several colours so there's something to suit both boys and girls. They are called night time dummies as the handle on the front of them is actually made from a glow in the dark plastic. The dummies come with little clip on covers that go over the teats to keep them clean and hygienic when not in use.
Price and Availability
These dummies are available from most chemists, drug store and high street supermarkets, also online stores too, prices vary but they are approximately £4.00 give or take a little depending where you buy from.
As I mentioned Jayden only uses his dummy for night time and naps, I find it helps him settle quickly although he does occasionally go to sleep without it but that's not often. The dummy has a nice air flow design so that his skin doesn't get sore behind the plastic when he dribbles.
When I bought the dummies I really chose them for the colour and the brand I thought the glow in the dark was a novel idea but never gave it too much thought. However there have been times when I have been glad of the glowing handle in the middle of the night. As any mother of a baby or small child knows any sleep is precious and personally when Jayden wakes in the night I like to get to get him settled back down as soon as possible. Sometimes all he wants is his dummy because he's woken up and cant find it, with the glow in dark handle I can spot the dummy quickly and settle him back down rather than putting the light on or fumbling around for it.
I would definitely recommend the Avent Nigh Time Dummies, the quality is excellent, there are several colours to choose from and the glowing handle is an added bonus. They are available for different age groups the ones we are using are up to 18months. I don't think Jayden will use a dummy for much longer but I would certainly buy these again if I needed to.
My 21 month year old daughter only gets her dummy for her midday sleep and at night, but even with these limited times, somehow one of her dummies, the one that I give to the childminder for her midday sleep ended up with a cracked teat. Having went straight in the bin, my daughter was a little upset, so I told her we would go to Tesco and she could pick whatever new dummy that she wanted, and this settled the situation. Unfortunately, my local Tesco isn't huge, so there wasn't a large range for her to choose from. Having been used to Avent soothers since she was a baby, as well as having Avent bottle when smaller, this was the only range that she got to choose from. So, she opted for these Avent nighttime soothers, simply because she liked the stars on the front of them.
These Avent night time soothers are available in packs for children from age 6 to 18 month - now obviously my daughter is older than that, but since I couldn't see any dummies that went up to 24 months I took the chance that the teat wouldn't be too small for her - it wasn't. I paid just under a fiver for a pack of two of these soothers, and I see you can pick them up on the likes of amazon for marginally less. As I said, my daughter picked these soothers because they were covered in stars - one of the pair is predominantly white with blue stars, the other is predominately blue with white stars. They may look slightly more boyish, but it didn't put my daughter off. What makes these soothers different from other basic soothers on the market is that they claim to be 'glow in the dark' which is quite appealing as I still on occasion, have to search by nightlight for a dummy lost somewhere in the cot. So anything that makes this easier, when you have just been awoken from a nice sleep is very enticing. The glow in the dark part is actually on the handles of the soothers, so it should also make it easier for an older child to find it themselves. Most of the time, my daughter can find her own soother when it has just fallen out beside her, so I thought this would be a solution to suit everyone.
AS well as being BPA free, these soothers also claim to have orthodonic, symmetrical collapsible teats that are 'odourless' and 'tasteless'.
When we got them home, my daughter wanted to use the soother instantly and wasn't overly pleased when she had to wait until bedtime, but when bedtime came, she wanted her old dummy back. When I eventually got her to accept this new dummy she put it in and seemed content. On the first night, when I put her to bed, I could see the glow in the dark element to the dummy and although it wasn't overly bright, I could see it. Well a couple of nights after getting the new dummies my daughter woke in the middle of the night looking for the soother than had fallen out - but unfortunately by this stage, the glow in the dark part of the dummy was so faint, it didn't attract my attention at all, and I had to fetch the torch. THis was disappointing, because it is usually the middle of the night when these wakenings for the dummy happen, not in the earlier part of the evening. This has been the case ever since, despite me leaving it out beside her cot during the day in an attempt to see if it would 'charge' up from the natural daylight. I still don't find that the glow in the dark feature lasts through the night.
All in all, my daughter has now taken very well to these soothers and is very content when she gets it before bed, however, I wouldn't rate very highly the glow in the dark feature, and I certainly wouldn't purchase them for this reason alone!
I'm sure all new parents have been there at some point, your young baby is unsettled at night, you've tried feeding, winding, changing their nappy.........but nothing seems to be working so you reach for the dummy, a last ditch attempt to soothe your child and perhaps grab a few hours sleep yourself. There is a huge range of soothers out there for babies from the best named brands to cheaper stores own varieties but one designed specifically for night time use is the Avent Night-time soother.
The soothers come in 3 age ranges and their style depends on the age you require, they are most often presented in clear plastic boxes containing 2 soothers. 0-3 months comes with a small teat perfect for younger mouths, a shaped shield to be comfortable under babies nose and a moveable handle so you can pick it up, put it in babies mouth etc with ease... they come in white and lemon colouring so are suitable for either boys or girls and have glow in the dark star patterns on them. The 3-6 months soothers have a slightly larger teat with a regular shaped shield and the usual style handle, also with a glow in the dark star design I've only seen these with blue designs and don't know if they do pink ones just for girls. The final size is for 6-18 months babies and has a larger teat and shield and comes in bolder colours but still with the star design and glow in the dark handle. Each soother comes with a clear plastic cap for hygiene purposes and the shields have "air holes" which are designed to prevent too much irritation to babies skin, the teats are made from silicone rather than latex and are taste and odour free.
I've so far had 2 babies and my third is getting ever closer, due this July, it can be exhausting during those restless nights and you can often become desperate for a solution to an unsettled baby. While I had never planned on using soothers I always kept some in just in case it became absolutely necessary during one desperate night, Elsa never really took to them and you'd have to swaddle her in a blanket covering her chin just so she wouldn't spit the soother out. Christopher however would occasionally accept a soother, especially during his colic suffering days, the sucking motion seemed to settle his stomach at night, and these Avent Night-time soothers were perfect, the glow in the dark handle & pattern make it easy to find in the darkness which is great because there's nothing more frustrating then baby waking up because they've spat out their soother and you have to fumble around for ages trying to find it. The soft teat seemed to fit comfortably in his small mouth and he seemed happy enough using the soother.
We found that Christopher never really needed to go past the 3-6 month stage soother because his colic quickly settled and he began sleeping through the night, and neither of them would use soothers during the day. The changing shield shape and teat size make the soothers perfect for growing babies who's faces and teeth are naturally developing as time goes on, and the little handle makes them easy for parents to grip onto as well as older babies who's hands have become dextrous enough to hold the soother themselves. Another great feature of the soothers is that they can be placed in a sterilizer whether it be fluid, steam or microwave ensuring your baby is always using a clean, hygienic soother. It's always a good idea if you're going out and about to remember the soothers plastic covers, or even the case they come in, and take a spare, that way if baby spits one out on the floor you'll have a clean one handy, of course these are specifically designed with night time in mind although can be used during the day.
Now I wont get into the debate of whether babies should or should not use soothers, yes there is some theory that they can effect speech development, confidence and even tooth growth but there's also no denying that they can be a blessing to parents who's babies simply wont settle and need something extra to help them, it's really up to each individual parent to decide what is right for them and their baby, you could start out vowing never to use them and find yourself wholly dependent. Avent are a highly regarded brand and the quality of their products is always great, the Night-time soothers are no different, excellent quality and design and I would highly recommend them for your child's night time use if you really need them.
Avent soothers can be found in most pharmacies, supermarkets and places like Toys R Us and suppliers of baby equipment. Prices can range from £2.99 for 2.
Glow in the dark! Night-time dummies with glow in the dark handles to help your baby settle back to sleep should they wake in the night.