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Ditch the dummy
Sure Start advise that ideally children should stop using dummies between six and 12 months because not only does it slow down learning to talk, it can also affect speech and may cause a lisp.
Parents are advised to try limiting a dummy's use before removing it completely and this can be achieved by only using it for bedtime, taking it out when the child is playing or talking and gradually reducing dummy use week by week.
What you need to know about using a dummy.
We all know that dummies can help sooth a fractious baby… but did you also know…..
If your child uses a dummy or bottle a lot it may affect speech and language development by:
Dummies can make it harder for your child to swallow and this will make them more “dribbly”.
Children who use dummies for long periods are more likely to get ear infections.
Tips to prevent these problems:
Choose a time for your child to give up the dummy (not when you are under pressure) and make a clean break- throw away all the dummies at once. Most babies and toddlers will only fret for 2 or 3 days.
Take the Lollipop Challenge!
This challenge has been set up by a speech therapist so that you can experience trying to talk with a dummy (or in this case a lollipop) in your mouth. You can see how certain letters and sounds are difficult to form if the movement of the tongue is restricted by the dummy or lollipop.
Words to try:
CAKE CUP DADDY MUMMY TABLE LOLLY GO FOUR SCISSORS VAN SING RED SHOE CHAIR JUG WHITE YELLOW