Dummies. Lifesavers, right?
Cheap, simple little things that have the magical power to soothe babies. They’ve earned the undying gratitude of many parents. Even better, it’s been proven that babies who sleep with dummies have a lower risk of SIDS.
But there have always been dummy haters out there, and people who have a very firm idea on how old is “too old” to use one. Poor David Beckham found that out when he posted a photo of his four-year-old daughter Harper with a dummy recently.
Even parents who swear by dummies have probably had a niggling worry or two about them as well. Dummies have been blamed for breastfeeding difficulties, increased infections and dental problems.
They've also been linked to delayed speech development. One study found that preschoolers who used a dummy for at least three years, or sucked their fingers or thumbs, were three times as likely to have speech problems.
It had previously been suggested that children who used dummies a lot when they were awake were less likely to join in chatter around them.