But there was one thing that I was sure of before I had her. I was going to allow her to have a dummy. I just knew I was, and I didn't see it as a big deal at all. I think this is probably because I had a dummy myself until I was about 3. In fact, most parents I know give their young children dummies. It wasn't until i started this blog that I realise there was a debate about these things, a differing of opinions. There seems to be a massive dislike for the dummy out there and the need to get your child off of it asap.
I just don't feel that way. Giving Alice a dummy was my choice, and I stand by that choice!
In response to questions about when I give her a dummy... I don't really have any restrictions. I allow Alice to make her own decision to either have it in or not. And as it happens, Alice will usually only want it if she is going to sleep, feeling tired or ill or going on a long car journey. In fact, more recently she has started refusing it for bedtime, which is great. I just go with her and hopefully she will wean herself off of it. If not, I would rather wait until she is at an age where she can understand a little more about why she can't have it all the time. I like the idea of the "dummy fairy" coming to take them away and leaving a little gift, like a big girls cup and cutlery set or something.
Don't forget that the pictures I put up on this blog are a very small snippet of our lives. As it happens, this blog is becoming more and more personal and lifestyle orientated. This has ultimately led me to be far more selective about what pictures and things I share and what things I keep private. Alice does not have a dummy all the time, she just has it in most of the pictures!
And if you think you are seeing my whole life, then yay! That's pretty much what I am trying to portray and I am very happy it is coming across that way!