“ Brand: Boots / Type: Soothers „
Argh soothers/ dummys are a very sore subject for me lol. When i was pregnant with twins one of the first things i bought were some dummys to help them be able to settle themselves or so i thought. Anyhow for the first wcouple of weeks they never had one as they were only tiny anyway so just slept and fed however once they reached around 4 weeks is when the waking through the night started and i gave into the doddy as with 2 of them it was the only way i could settle them and they could settle themselves. They would then go straight back to sleep. However me not realising when i bought the dummys from Boots they had a funny shaped teat known as orthodontic so it goes on like a slant. Well because these were the first dummys they got obviouslt they got attahced to them, then once we ahd lost or these were really grubby i went out to buy some more and foudn that they were extrmely difficult to get hold of. Id had to go up a teat size and they just didnt do them. I managed to find some in boots that they would have and got quite a few, however quite recently boots have changed them all again and discontinued the ones they had. Ive been trying weeks and i dont knw what it is but boots never seem to keep a huge stock of dummys, their shelves are always empty so ive gone around 5 weeks with grubby dummys. I even looked online to see if i could get them and they were out of stock there as well. Ive finalyl managed to get them after spending at least £20 on dummys that are stuck in the cupboard because they wont take them. So really beward wehn you buy dummys make sure you choose a really well known brand thats not going to discontinue or change them as you have a real problem on your hands lol. As i found out! But as for the boots brand ive always found them fab but why do the yhave to change them all the time, realyl reasonably priced as well compared to others.
Dummies, soothers, whatever you want to call them seems to have the nation split down the middle, you either approve of them or you don't. Whilst pregnant with my first child everyone you meet has an opinion on how you should bring up your forthcoming baby, and believe me that includes dummies. One of my joys of being pregnant was going out and buying a little something for the baby every week, be it bottles, bibs or dummies. There was no doubt in my mind that I would give my baby a dummy, none at all. And why is that? Well, when I was a baby (along with my sister before me) I wasn't given a dummy. Therefore I sucked my thumb instead, and here I am a married mother of 1 and a ½ (pregnant again!) who stills sucks my thumb when I'm feeling down, ill or tired! My teeth are also not the best in the world due to thumb-sucking although not bad enough for me to want a brace. Back to my son, I can remember wondering whether to pack the dummies in my hospital bag - I did. Then in hospital I was worried about actually giving him a dummy incase one of the midwives came up to me and conducted a sermon on the evils of them. In the end I decided that he was my baby and if I saw fit to give him a dummy then I would do so. I will admit that he became very attached to them and would have it in his mouth 24hrs a day if possible. However, by the time he started babbling I decided that it was time he had them no more. Having a dummy in your mouth whilst learning to talk doesn't help your speech much. So one night my husband and I agreed that we would hide his dummies (just in case he wouldn't settle) when we put him to bed. Josh asked for it, but I told him that it had gone. He cried for about 10 minutes then went to sleep. The next day he tried it on with his Nanna, but she too had been prepped only to give it to him if he wouldn't settle down for sleep. Again she told him it was lost. That wa s it, no more dummies and very pain free on both sides. Now I know that not all children will make this change so easily, but given the choice of a dummy (which you can dispose of) and a thumb (which, lets face it, you can't) I would choose a dummy everytime.
Dummies , thay are a great comfort to a crying baby at night , ut babies can get to dependent on them , and end up sucking them all day . I think nothing looks worse or is more dangerous than a 3 year old running round with a dummy in !!! Our tot just has a dummy at night to help her get off to sleep , or if she wakes in the middle of the night . Dummies on the whole do seem to comfort most babies. Dummies are made from non-toxic strong plastic and pure natural latex . They are generally suitable for all methods of sterilisation , boiling , steam or cold water .Before sterilization the dummies must be washed in soapy warm water to remove greasy residues.Any trapped water must be removes after sterilization . Dummies must be inspected before and after each use and they must be discarded when worn , damaged or punctured or after 4 weeks of usage as natural rubber becomes softy and sticky after this time . Dummies generally have 2 ventilation holes for extra safety .There are many different designs and types of soothers Newborn , 0-3 , 3-6 , 6months + are the general age catorgeries associated with dummies . The teats on dummies can come in different shapes and sizes to suit individual babies. Soothers caome in a variety of colours , with some having a glow in the dark handle , great for seeing where they are in the cot at night ! Others have a rattle inside so you can hear where they are in the night by tapping on the bed lightly . Some have stiff handles others have clicky handles . Soothers are perferable to thumb sucking as they can be sterilised and taken away when the baby is too big for one . Dummies generally come in two packs and can cost from 2 pounds to 3.50 depending on the makes and design . We tend to buy avent dummies as they come in a plastic dummy pot with individual lids for the dummies ensuring they stay clean when not in use .
OK, so it is the great dummy debate. I expect some of you will not let your child have a dummy, but I do. My feeling is that it is easier to "lose" a dummy than a thumb. Anyway that is another discussion entirely. The Boots Newborn Soothers are designed especially for tiny mouths. The teat is smaller and flatter than on an ordinary dummy. They come in a twin pack and are basically white, but one has a mint trim and the other a yellow. They have a tiny moon and stars cut out pattern around the edge - a word of warning though if your little one has a powerful suck they can end up with a rather attractive celestial pattern around their mouths! They are more of an oval design and shaped so as not to squash those tiny noses. They are just the perfect size for your newborns little face - because an ordinary sized dummy tends to look like a man-hole cover stuck on their tiny face. As with all dummies they need to be sterilised regularly and replaced every 4 weeks or so. Unless of course they get damaged and then they must be thrown away immediately. So if you decide to use a dummy for you newborn, invest in the Boots Newborn Soothers - they are just the job and I would have no hesitation in recommending them.
Smaller, vented teats for tiny mouths in a strong carrying case, both suitable for steam sterilisation.