DUMMY DE­BATE

Little Treasures - - SUB­SCRIP­TION OF­FER -

I picked up the lat­est copy of Lit­tle Trea­sures at the su­per­mar­ket af­ter see­ing the head­line about us­ing dum­mys. My first never took to us­ing a dummy, but my sec­ond loved hers, and it was so ef­fec­tive at sooth­ing her. I didn’t feel bad about giv­ing her the dummy un­til I started get­ting com­ments from friends and strangers along the lines of: “Oh, you’re not us­ing a dummy are you?”; “You’ll never be able to get it off her”; or “It will ruin her teeth”. Even though it was of­ten friends with­out chil­dren mak­ing the com­ments, it was still quite un­set­tling and made me sec­ond guess my de­ci­sion and my abil­ity to know what was best for my baby. It was so nice to read about other mums’ pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ences with dum­mys, and that it was okay! I will be sav­ing the tips on wean­ing baby off the dummy for when my daugh­ter is a bit big­ger. Chloe, Waikanae

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