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2 Mar 2012

Man and toddler laughing Dummies offer a soothing and comforting transformation to wane babies off breast feeding as well as learn to fall asleep themselves. Often, however, getting them to wane off the dummy can be a difficult task. Inspire the child to become more interested in other various activites besides the dummy.


Advice and information on dummies

  • Dummies - a general information page about the advantages and disadvantages of dummies.
  • Use of dummies - speech and language therapy advice and guidance from Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust
  • The dos and don'ts of dummies - An extract from a handout created by Brighton & Hove Sure Start. Copyright South Downs Health NHS Trust.
  • The Last Noo-noo - The Last Noo-noo, by Jill Murphy (Walker Books, paperback 2003). This picture book was the winner of the 1995 Smarties Book prize in the 0-5 category. It features Marlon the monster who loves his dummies (his noo-noos) and struggles to give them up. He succeeds in the end and also manages to grow a noo-noo tree.
  • Give the dummy a miss - Give the Dummy a Miss is the name of the advice leaflet produced by Sure Start Beaumont Leys and Stocking Farm, Leicester. It highlights the advantages of reducing/eliminating dummy use, and goes with a cartoon story book about a child who gives up his dummy, called Danny and his Dummy. The leaflets and books are available to order on 0116 295 4550.

Useful information about dummies for professionals

Tips and tricks to ditching the dummy.

  • Parent Forum - "I need a foolproof way to persuade my stubborn daughter, 4, to give up her dummy." (The Times, 24 May 2004)
  • Weaning your baby off the dummy - An extract from "Who's the dummy?", Mother & Baby, December 2003 pp. 176-177

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