For those of you who are not from SA, a dummy is the SA word for a Pacifier and we are free of them! Hooray! And it didn’t take much effort either.

We all hear stories of the hell some parents go through when getting their toddlers to give up their dummies. Stories of late night dashes to the shops trying to find anything that will suffice as a dummy after hours of listening to their inconsolable crying. Of bribery and corruption and trickery to try to convince their little ones to give up their dummies. I have been dreading that!

But it would seem we have dodged one of the many parenting bullets. When cutting her first tooth, Ava-Grace decided that she no longer wanted a dummy. Obviously her gums were too sore at the time, but I wasn’t too worried thinking that her aversion to her dummy would pass once the first tooth had cut.

Fast forward two months and last week I threw out the sterilizing solution and packed away her dummies. She has been dummy free since 8 months and it looks like she won’t be going back as she gets utterly furious if you try to force a dummy on her.

Thankfully, she has figured out how to self soothe without any kind of self soothing substitute.

Other milestones over the past couple of weeks include her first proper word – doggie. Book time is her favorite time and when we “read” books now, when I say to her: “Turn the page” she reaches over and turns the page! 🙂 She has figured out how to blow on her mobile to make it move and it’s too damn cute for words. She is also standing up everywhere, attempting to stand by herself and walking (aided) all over the place and is also attempting to walk unaided… so its only a matter of time now.

I am just LOVING this stage of her development, she is so much fun and really really cute!




  • marina1605

    November 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Yes, this age is great! And it just keeps getting better as they develop little personalities and start saying all sorts of things, right out of the blue! Prepare for lots of laughter and heart-warming moments where you’ll just want to squeeze her.


  • waiting4amiracle

    November 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    It really is a special and interesting time. She is so cute. I’m glad the dummy thing happened quickly. My cousin had one till he was four or something. He was eventually persuaded to swap them for a Castle Greyskull for his He-Man figurine.

  • pandoragelb

    November 2, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    We also managed a drama free dummy giving-up. She bit a hole in it, and just never wanted it after that. She just says ‘Dummy’s broken!’ We left it in reach for a while, but she would just look at it and put it back. I was steeling myself for tantrums etc sometime in the future. We still have the taglet though, but I don’t mind that.

    Ava is so cute! do you think the amber necklace helped her?
    It is such a cute age, and it gets better every day!

  • orbit365

    November 3, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Both my sons also just lost interest in their dummies when they started cutting teeth. Interestingly enough my friends son only wanted his dummy and no other teething rings or any other relief when he started teething. She battled with him to leave his dummy. I think he gave it up at 3.5years.
    I absolutely love this picture of her..x


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