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Santa's Elves are coming to Guernsey to collect dummies for all the baby elves back at Santa's workshop. If you are ready for your little one to stop using a dummy, bring them along to one of our Christmas events to swap their dummies for a small gift. There will be Christmas stories, songs and crafts too.

Thursday 1st December 2-3pm @ Bright Beginnings Children's Centre
Wednesday 7th December 10 - 11.30am @ Kindred Children's Centre

During a baby's early months, a dummy can be really helpful to comfort and settle babies. However, when children use dummies too much or for too long it can affect their talking.

Dummies can stop the full range of tongue movements that are needed for some speech sounds: this can have long term effects.

If your child has a dummy they have fewer opportunities to babble and practise sounds and they may talk less or their speech sounds may be unclear

Dentists have found that sucking a dummy a lot can affect teeth and some children develop a gap between their top and bottom teeth. This can affect how clear their speech is too.

  • What can we do to help to reduce the use of a dummy?

    • · Gradually reduce the use of a dummy: it is much easier to break the habit before the age of 12 months than after 12 months
    • · If you need to use a dummy, use it for a few minutes to settle your child then take it out once they are settled.
    • · Try to keep dummies for sleep times only - be consistent and stay strong. There may be tricky moments, but they will pass.
    • · Try giving an alternative comforting object like a favourite soft toy or a small blanket.
    • · If your child does use a dummy encourage them to take the dummy out of their mouth when they are talking.

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