So what if he has a pacifier?

So what if he has a pacifier?

Pacifiers – Dodo? Dody? Dummy?

We gave The Chops a pacifier when he was about a month old I’d say. Given his reflux he needed the comfort of sucking on something all the time. I mean ALL THE TIME. He loved it, right from the get go. It was love at first suck. I did the usual stressing about his teeth and his this and that, I can’t even remember half the things I worried about but I remember thinking that I was evil for being unable to comfort him when a fat rubber teet could. I eventually got over feeling like the only mother in a 200 mile radius that used a dummy.

Total necessity

As his the reflux calmed down, the need for the pacifier did not. I clipped it to his bibs, his coats, his lapels (this kids got style). If I was without one when we left the house I was queasy at the thought of him realising it was gone and crying desperately for his dody. I was morto that in most of my sisters wedding pictures he’s sucking on a dummy.


At night his dummy became part of his night time routine bath, milk, swaddle, dummy (he was allllll about the comforters, he’s still a big snuggle puff) bed. We’d crawl out of bed in the middle of the night and scrabble around in the basket or cot trying to get a hold of the little plastic dream maker, relived to stop the crying with something so simple.


Dody skills

As he’s got older, he’s less reliant on his dummy to settle. It’s more of an out of sight out of mind situation. If he’s not got it, he’s not bothered, but if he spies it on the side board he’s like an addict needing a fix, reaching out and excitedly kicking repeating DODO DODO DODO DODO over and over until it’s with his grasp.┬áHe’s picked up a few techniques for getting it in there too. He doesn’t need his hands, he goes straight in there leaning mouth open as if he was in a pie eating competition and his hands were tied behind his back.


Then there’s the one with the dody in the pram. Where he just rolls it around between his fingers and thumb over the edge of the pushchair. I’m never really comfortable that it’s not going over. ┬áSeen as how I can’t stand the feeling of it in my mouth I live in hope that it won’t land on the floor out of the house!

Wherever he is, whatever he’s doing it guaranteed that he can locate a dody from that position, even when I think I’ve collected them all up to hide sterilise. More than anything, if he’s happy, I’m happy. If a pacifier makes him happy, then fine!


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  1. Zach was exactly the same with his dummy! And that feeling when you’ve realised there isn’t one in your bag…nightmare. Oscar- he won’t take one. I’ve tried…several times- he heaves on it, he chews on it. He does not suck. Instead he uses my boob…hence I’ve desperately tried to get him to use one! I’ll keep persevering and I’m hoping when one day he doesn’t have a cold, he’ll take one! #ThatFridayLinky
    P.s. one day, just before Zach turned two, he suddenly decided he didn’t need one!

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      He loves a good chew on it too, the squeaking of the rubber – brr sends shivers down my spine!

  2. Our girls are almost five, in full time school and they still have a dummy at bed. I just can’t get them to give it up! It really bugs me, but was a life saver when they were babies! Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

  3. My big one was a thumb sucker until about 6. I couldn’t hide that! I never understand why people have such strong opinions on comforters of any kind. Surely you just do what you can to survive!!! Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

  4. I totes agree with Life love and Dirty Dishes, it’s a comforter, clues in the name. Love your photos – proper cute and reminded me of my son at that age – now he’s an aged tweenager – cliche alert but those baby years fly man! #fridayfrolics

  5. Ahhh your photos are proper cute! Our Oldest had a dummy until she was 1 years old and I remember feeling exactly the same as you. I look back though and realise I should have just gone with it. She has turned out fine! #FridayFrolics

  6. All 5 of my older kids loved their pacifiers but we couldn’t for the life of us get the 6th to take it. He sucks on his fingers now which is fine, but he does it all the time so I wonder if it’s going to be hard to get him to stop later on…

  7. Having a dummy is fine if it works why not I think fab post Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

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