Sleepytot: How to Stop Your Baby Waking for the Dummy or Pacifier

16 Mar

Every parent has a different opinion on whether to give their baby a dummy/pacifier, but our little guy has had a dummy from early on – some babies love to such and he’s definitely one of them. Our little boy is a very boisterous baby, always active, rolling, touching, looking around etc. and gets easily overwhelmed. Sometimes giving him the dummy for a few minutes is the only thing which will calm him down.

But there is of course one real downside to the dummy. From about 3 or 4 months onwards babies’ sleep pattern change and they sleep more like adults. Their sleep cycles are about 40mins long, after which they briefly wake up and then fall back asleep. I had no idea that is how all adults sleep, we just can’t remember most of the time that we’ve woken up!

In order to fall back asleep the baby will need to self-soothe. If she needs her dummy to fall asleep and can’t find her dummy, she is likely to start crying for it. So parents are faced spending the night ‘replugging’ baby every 40mins or so. Quite depressing.

Then a friend with two children gave us a Sleepytot, a little rabbit which can hold onto four dummies. It’s really soft and the idea is that baby can easily find her dummy and put it back in herself (obviously not necessarily at 4 months, but from about 6 months onwards is quite realistic).

And wow has it been great. Our little one has only had it a few days and has already used it loads. We just place it onto his chest when he’s asleep and if he wakes up he can often (not always yet!) find one of the dummies himself!


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