I want to use dummys when she starts sucking her thumb as my eldest sucks her thumb and her teeth are sticking out terribly. she's 2 and 1/4 now but family history suggests she'll be a long term thumb sucker and need braces.
so this time i'd like to nip that in the bud and give dummys a go. only issue is that as we're breastfeeding, i dont want to have nipple confusion (although she did need a couple of formula top ups before my milk came in when i was in hospital for first 3 days and that didnt seem to effect her at all).
any ideas? best make to try? wait until she's a bit older to introduce?
she's already trying to suck her thumb so i think its just a matter of time before shes sucessful
I understand about the nipple confusion but we actually ended up giving DD a dummy at3 days as she was so sucky and got frustrated when she coudnt find her thumb. I'm also keen to avoid the thumb. So far she has had no issues with feeding- however we are having yous shields which is of course another factor. We are using tomme tipping back to nature dummies. You can also get ones that are like a nipple!?
Good luck whatever you choose.
my LO doesn't like any soothers. So as PP said don't be suprised if yours won't.
I still keep trying to give them to her occasionally to see if she will adapt to the idea. Cause other wise she is sucking on her thumb. And its easier to take a soother away in the future then to stop the thumb sucking. I don't force it on her though but I do contine to offer it. And sometimes she will take if for a brief period of time.
My LO is a real sucker and I had to give her a dummy. She didn't like the smaller ones like the tommee tippee closer to nature ones. She takes the tommee tippee cherry but like other posters say, there are times she will flat out refuse it.she has had the dummy from about a week old and no nipple confusion.
We used the avent soothie. They recommened waiting till 6 weeks to avoid nipple confusion but the nurse gave him one at 2 days old and never had a problem. But now he rarely uses the paci and actually rejects it most days and nights.
I use MAM crystal ones. Took it without incident. However I kept losing them (they are like socks I swear!) and are very expensive so bought the Tommee Tippee ones as they were on offer-he wouldnt take it all so back to the pricey ones!
My little fella has also had a dummy from about a week old and never had any probs with it and feeding. We tried the Tommee Tippee ones but he hated them, they made him gag so we tried the MAM ones and he loves them! They are expensive but are worth it imo. I also wanted to avoid him sucking his thumb as I am 28 this year and still suck mine however lately he has started to take his dummy out to suck his thumb!
I've heard the gumdrop pacifier is the easiest for bf babies to accept. It like a soothie but the nipple is softer also its not as big as a soothie. Make sure its the Hawaii Medical brand because soother makes an imitation gumdrop but its hard like their original soothie. My baby uses the gundrop. I researched a little on paci's after my 2nd refused any pacifier at 4 weeks. We did the gumdrop with my 3rd when she was 5 weeks. http://www.gumdroppacifier.com/GumDrop-Pacifier-s/3.htm
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