Second baby syndrome has suddenly hit hard. Baby Fifi has been a dream child compared to her brother. She doesn’t hold her breath, she can be persuaded to do things and she laughs and smiles all the time. I am more laid back with her and I find it all together much easier. However, with this I realise that I have made a terrible mistake.
With Toddler Boy, I followed Gina Ford’s instructions and removed the dummy after 3 months. With Fifi I forgot to do this and I have let her have it for too long. At about 5 months me and hubby decided that perhaps we would let her carry on for a bit longer as it might save us having to drag around a stinking comforter.
Now, at 7 months old, she really cannot be parted from the dummy. She drops them around the house and seeks out old dirty ones which she re-docks. She cries if she cant find it at night in her cot. Perhaps more annoyingly, I realise that most of the pictures in existence of her show her with a little dummy.
Fifi loves her dummy, even more than food, which she really, really loves (at 7 months she happily eats her way through pizza, pasta and full sized dinners). Can I be a cruel mummy and take it away? I’m not so sure. This means that I might actually end up being one of those mothers who I used to scorn, pre- baby. There is a real chance that my toddler might have a dummy and yes, I do give them crisps to eat in the pushchair!