Living Without You

There’s been a bit of a change in the Baby Z household over the last 3 days. We’ve banned the dummy.

This is a major move for us as Baby Z has been somewhat addicted to it, resembling a little boy version of Maggie from the Simpsons. I kept having good intentions about getting rid but then always let him have it at the first sign of tears. Then, 3 days ago my dentist friend saw signs of changes to his two front teeth, possibly caused by the pressure of dummy sucking. Arrrrrrgh!!!

So. It’s been instantly stopped, with a bit of dummy respite just as he falls asleep at night. So far, so good…ish!

Then yesterday we went to visit a friend who’s had a baby girl. Part of me was fascinated with what Baby Zs reaction would be to see a tiny new born. He was very wide eyed and hovered around at a slight distance, before reaching out and gently shaking her wrist. It was such a lovely sight and made me wonder whether we should be having another one of our own in the near future. That little moment ended when the gorgeous newborn decided to have a very loud crying session.

Baby Z stared for a few seconds and then decided to follow suit and cry equally loudly. For ages. This is when I miss the dummy the most. Nothing would placate him.

Instead, every time he glanced back at the newborn he would relive the moment she exercised her lungs and burst into tears again. (Cue a flurry of questions from the other folk in the room: “Is he tired? Is he hungry? Is not well? Did you not give him Calpol today?).

Eh? A daily dose of calpol?

That last one always amuses me a bit. There is one person within our social circle that thinks that you should give babies a bit of Calpol every day “to keep them going”. Everytime this suggestion comes up I have a fleeting vision of Baby Z walking around with a bottle of Calpol in a brown paper bag which he can swig whenever he likes. You know. Just to keep him going.

(Obviously I’ve never done this. And wouldn’t. Ever!)

After pulling out random objects from my handbag to entertain him with (“Do you want to play with mummy’s work phone darling?”) he caught sight of a toy kitchen set and instantly shut up. He then proceeded to make pretend tea (I think!) in a toy teapot whilst, every so often, spinning around to make sure the newborn was going nowhere near him. He then discovered the knob on the teapot lid would make a good substitute dummy and sucked that for the remainder of our stay there.

We learned two things yesterday:

1. Baby Z is still not liking other babies very much

2. We need to get him a toy kitchen.


  1. Mum2BabyInsomniac April 7, 2012 / 12:31 pm

    Lol! I am so broody at the moment, we took Iyla to see her newborn nephew the other day and I kept getting her to kiss his hand in the hope it would make Dad2BabyInsomniac agree that it would be a good time to have another baby. It didn’t work though! X

  2. motherventing April 7, 2012 / 8:08 pm

    PEOPLE GIVE THEIR BABIES CALPOL EVERY DAY?? What is WRONG with them?? It’s a medicine! Jeepers, that’s scary.

    As for the dummy, Moo has been weaned off her daytime use of it and only has it at night now, and for naps. I may – occasionally – give in and let her have it, if she’s ill, or teething so badly. But I know it’ll be a headache to get it off her again.

    Stay consistent and keep at it. If you really don’t want him to have it, he’ll get used to not having it soon enough. Though if he starts sucking his thumb… 😉

  3. L.A.C.E. April 8, 2012 / 7:52 am

    lol I remember when I brought home A. E was a little over two. The first night she woke crying. Keep in mind for the first month she sounded like a tea kettle at top steam. E started crying too. He was scared. The next night, we just reminded him it was only A. Then it went to him making sure she was okay.

    As for the dummy, I always kept one around until the baby’s were done teething. They always seemed to need it more to chew the heck out of. L sucks his fingers, because of the tongue tie for the first 3mths of life he couldn’t suck on a bottle or a sucky, so he found his fingers. Now that is gonna be tough. I can’t cut off his fingers and throw them away lol

  4. amummysview April 14, 2012 / 5:48 pm

    I laughed out loud at the image of a calpol swigging baby with a brown bag, wrong in so many ways! lol! I think some people need to get the concept of Calpol into perspective. My little girl has gone from only having a dummy to sleep to begging for it throughout the day now, feel like I am taking steps backwards, I should probably just try the cold turkey route! x

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