From my point of view, each child is different and each child will accept a certain type of soother. My first child just refused to take any dummy and didn’t show any sign that he needed one. My second one was showing the need to suck on something between feeds. I tried many types of soother to finally find the one she would accept. Regarding the Philips avent soothie dummy, she was more comfortable with that one than with the others. Despite the dummy having a shape similar to the breast, my little girl had to struggle with it. The problem was that the soother was too heavy for her and was falling from her mouth while falling asleep,waking her up and frustrating her. An other inconvenience is the texture that would allow the dust to stick on the dummy. Finally the dummy is transparent making it difficult to find it when lost.
I tried giving my little one a normal dummy but she wouldn’t take to it! After being in hospital for the first 8 weeks of her life she wouldn’t take to any other dummy and we only had one from the hospital! These worked a treat and they do actually look a lot nicer than the big standard ones issued by the hospital. Completely recommend this for premature babies!
We were determined Not to use a dummy but I caved in and tried a few. He wouldn't take to them until we tried this one and it's been amazing. He refuses any other type of dummy. The only thing is they are a bit more expensive as we found it really hard to get them in the shops so had to order them online and the blue ones were a fair bit more expensive than the pink ones we could find (not that colour is an issue for us) my baby loves his.
We got out first avent soothie dummy in hospital, and my baby took to it well- so well in fact, he refused any other dummy! I didn't mind this as i was more comfortable with using this dummy due to the safety aspect. As it is all one piece there is no danger of the dummy breaking apart, which means no choking hazard. the teat to it has a rounded shape similar to a bottle, making it easy for a baby to connect with
I'll be honest, with the hole in the middle it does look very strange when baby is sucking it but the practical side outweighs that- when baby is teething you can use your finger to hold the dummy in place and let your little one have a chew, reducing bacteria getting into baby's mouth from chewing your finger and stopping you getting bitten!
I loved this dummy so much we ordered 4, as spares are always handy. 10/10 I would definitely use in future!
**I would just like to add, for NICU mama's it may act as a reminder of your hospital stay, but I see it as his "nicu graduation present", the thing he loved most from his hospital stay he got to keep!**
I am breastfeeding my daughter and she wouldn’t take a dummy from me. She was using my nipple as comfort and it was causing me pain. My midwife suggested this brand of dummy and straight away my daughter took it and has used this brand ever since. It is ugly and doesn’t look like a normal dummy but she takes it and that’s the main thing!