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Charlie Communicate says ‘Ditch the Dummy’


Meet Charlie Communicate. He helps us to communicate with our friends.

Charlie wants to let you know about the impact of having a dummy can have on his friends. The longer they use the dummy, the more chance there is that it will affect their speech and language and the development of their teeth. Charlie knows that it is not easy to ditch the dummy. He suggests that you could:

  • Offer something else as a comforter in place of the dummy; this could be a toy or a small blanket
  • If your baby wakes in the night try to comfort them without giving them back the dummy
  • Remove dummies from the home or keep them out of sight
  • Depending on their level of understanding, you can prepare your child for what is going to happen. For example, you might say: “Tomorrow we’re going to say bye-bye to dummy because you’re a big boy/girl now”
  • Give your child praise and encouragement, and if they haven’t mentioned the dummy, try not to remind them
  • Consistency really is key. Once you have decided to ditch the dummy, you and all those who care for your little one must stay consistent.
  • Alternatively, you could bring ALL your child’s dummies to Charlie at Nursery, who will swap them for a gift.
    Please help Charlie to help his friends.