Although I’ve been blessed with a tribe of little ones and ample opportunity to learn how to put in a dummy… I just don’t actually know how to do it correctly.
I pop it in, it pops right out. I gently sneak it in whilst they’re asleep at my boob, they gently spit it out the second I think I’ve succeeded!
So then I wait until they’re screaming at the top of their little lungs, thinking THAT is the opportune moment to rescue the baby with their dummy- just like they do in the movies… and of course, the baby only screams louder the moment I bring the pacifier close to them!
I’ve decided that you need to be some kind of professional mother to know the knack of installing a soother. It’s not for everyone. It doesn’t come naturally AND there aren’t any clear cut instructions on the package that the dummy arrives in!
How do the manufacturers expect me to know how to install it!?
Even though none of my babies know what to do with one, I still carry a dummy in my handbag – mainly so that I fit in. So that I look the part of a mother who has herself together. One who knows what she’s doing and has all her things in order.
No Dummies Allowed!
I think I might still be feeling some confusion after my hospital experience with my first born. I remember quite clearly that dummies were not permitted to be used in that particular hospital and you had to agree not to bring one with you prior to the birth.
They claimed all these various different things, and I went along with it because, well, rules are rules. And all I was really focused on was the birth and wellbeing of the baby.
But little did the hospital know that it tainted me for life – it made me the only mum in the world with a baby that doesn’t accept a dummy!
In all honesty, I have absolutely no idea what precisely dummies do. But I do know that as a child, my favourite doll came with one. And I was really looking forward to using one with my real life baby the way I did with my doll.
Why Doesn’t It Stick?
Babies place absolutely EVERYTHING in their mouths. It just feels like such an insult that I can’t get a single pacifier to stick!
It’s ok though, maybe we could just connect on how adorable babies look whilst sucking on their soothers. They are quite possibly the cutest accessory a baby could have, as well as being the symbol of a parent’s perseverance- you somehow got it to stick, against all odds, go you!
Did/does your child love their dummy? Tell us in the comments below.