Recently I read an article in the press about Harper Beckham still having a dummy at Four years old.
My Three year old recently gave up her dummy with persuasion from me and I after a week without it she has only mentioned it a few times but never once cried for it. We are however having trouble falling asleep at night. I have mixed emotions about taking away her dummy. At first I felt a little guilty asking her to give up her dummy but her reaction has actually surprised me.
I do believe dummies can affect speech and i do believe they can affect teeth but either way she will be growing up with a perfectly good set of adult teeth. Children need comfort and now I am wandering if I have been too forceful persuading her to throw it away after she had caught a recent tummy bug.
Olivia had got to the point where she would want to suck on her dummy constantly. It just did not look nice and I had to keep asking her to take it out every time she spoke a sentence.
She has not slept through the night since she gave up her dummy and has been calling out for me a lot the past week. I do not want to leave her to cry so I have been going in her bedroom to comfort her. I know I’m probably making a mistake here and the professionals would advise me to leave her to learn to self settle but maybe that’s the problem. Maybe I should stop following the parenting guidebook and should have let her decide when she didn’t want her comfort anymore. It was a comfort tool and she reached for it when she was tired.
I am not asking for an opinion or any advice about my parenting decision but I will ask how you feel about dummies?