Limit the use of dummies

A dummy Information about dummies can be confusing, but it is thought that using dummies too much can delay children’s speech development. The following is based on advice given by the Lullaby Trust:

Some research suggests that using a dummy when putting a baby down to sleep could reduce the risk of sudden infant death.

If you choose to use a dummy, wait until breastfeeding is well established (at up to about four weeks old). Try to keep it for sleep times only and make sure it is part of your baby’s regular sleep routine.

Stop giving a dummy to your baby between six and 12 months. Six months is when your baby will start to experiment more with making speech sounds.

If your chid does use a dummy when they are awake, take it out when they are talking - either when they are making early communication noises and babble, or later, real words.

Don’t force your baby to take a dummy or put it back if they spit it out, and don’t use a neck cord. You shouldn’t put anything sweet on the dummy or offer it during awake time.

Using an orthodontic dummy is best as it adapts to your baby’s mouth shape.

You can speak to your Children’s Centre team or health visitor about using dummies and about ways to use dummies less.