Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mummy Must Have | Name My Stuff (includes giveaway)

Before my daughter was born I didn't really want to use a dummy. I wasn't necessarily against them, I just wanted to have faith that I would be able to comfort her myself. At first I was able to do that, but at around two weeks it became overwhelmingly obvious that I had a colic baby. She would scream for hours and hours. The more she cried the more air she sucked in and the more her tummy hurt so the cycle would continue. If you've ever had a colic baby you'll understand how exhausting it can be and also how desperate you are to make your child feel better. Its heartbreaking to see your baby crying hysterically for hours on end. I researched colic and found out a dummy can actually be very beneficial. So, with that in mind we introduced a dummy and have never looked back.

I have no qualms using a dummy for my daughter as I know it comforts her. Shes really good at only using it when she goes to sleep and she spits it out as soon as shes asleep. I never realised just how many different brands and types of dummies there were on the market. We ended up settling with Avent dummies as she liked those teats the best (of course she would pick the most expensive brand).

In my search for dummies I discovered that in addition to the numerous brands available in the supermarkets, chemists and department stores, there are also personalised dummies available online. For those who are looking for something different and unique, this is a great way to spruce up an item your baby uses everyday. They'd also make a great personalised gift.



Name My Stuff specialise in personalising a range of babies and kids products. They permanently mark all items with either names or your own personal message so there's no need to use stickers or labels which can fall off or deteriorate over time. The business originally started selling only personalised dummies (and has since expanded to include other items including drinkware, lunchboxes and goggles). Owner Tea adapted an idea that was available in Denmark, creating a version to suit the Australian market using high quality dummies similar to the leading brands available here. She offers an extensive range of dummy styles and colours, covering all teat shapes. The teats are available in silicone or latex. We tried out a couple of different styles to see which ones bubs liked.



The MAM dummy is the closest teat shape to the Avent ones so we tried one of those and also some of the Baby Nova dummies as they come in a similar shape orthodontic teat. The MAM only comes in blue and green so I got a pink and red in the baby nova ones.

MAM Dummy - Daddy's girl

At first I think she was a bit perplexed by the size and shape of the dummy. She kept flipping it over in her hands studying it.



She did take it and wasn't too fazed by how large the outside is compared to the Avent dummies, however curiosity got the better of her in the end and she kept pulling it out to chew on the outside. Over time I'm sure she'd get more used to it and leave it in properly. At the moment the novelty of it looking different combined with teething mean chewing on it is apparently far more interesting.




Baby Nova Dummies - I love Mummy & Made in 2013

We tried the Baby Nova dummies with the orthodontic teat so they're still quite similar to an Avent teat, just cut on a slight angle at the bottom. The shape of the Baby Nova dummy on the outside is also as close as you can get to an Avent dummy out of all the options. I have to admit, before we even tried them these were my favourite, just because of the colours and the messages on them.




Even though the teats are slightly different to what shes used to, she took to these ones straight away. She fell asleep within a couple of minutes. I don't think she even realised they're different to her normal dummies. The only time she took spat these ones out was when she fell asleep, which is what she normally does.





Baby Nova Dentistar Dummy - I am eggstra cute

We were also lucky enough to try out a new style of dummy that will be available by the end of the week. The Dentistar dummy has a slightly different teat shape. It has the same diagonal teat as the other baby nova ones, but its a lot thinner and on more of an angle. The outside also has a more butterfly shape to it with a curve at the top and bottom. The Dentistar will be available in size 1 and 2 with a silicone or latex teat.



She didn't mind this one. She did fiddle with it a bit, but I think that was more to do with the curve at the bottom on the outside as shes not used to that shape.

It's great to find a site that offers such a huge range of options. There really is a style, teat and colour to suit every baby. Overall for us the best dummy was definitely the Baby Nova with the orthodontic teat. Each baby will favour a certain style and teat based on the brand they are used to (Tea is readily available via Facebook to offer advice on which dummies are closest to each of the leading brands). The only downside with these dummies compared to the Avent ones is that these don't come with a cap for when they're not in use. It's not a huge deal though as I just store them in a zip lock bag after sterilising them, or they could also be stored in the resealable bag they come in. For those who are concerned, there is a dummy sterilising box available that can double as a storage container.



GIVEAWAY

Name My Stuff have provided a 3 pack of personalised dummies and a sterilising box for one lucky Finding Myself Young reader to win. You can choose either Happy Baby, Baby Nova or Nip dummies.

For your chance to win simply follow the rafflecopter prompts below to enter.

Toni xx


*Disclosure - I was not paid for this review. All opinions are my own based on our experience with the products. Please note each baby will have their own teat preference and may not be the same as the opinions expressed.

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22 comments:

  1. Hi Toni - firstly, boy do I ever hear you re the challenges of colic! Sounds like you're coping brilliantly! Looking at your gorgeous little girl, I suspect you're through the worst of it now, but I'm happy to chat if there's anything I can do :)
    Now re your latest blog - this is an AWESOME round up of the range of dummies out there. Not to mention how ridiculously adorable the name my stuff dummies are!

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    1. Hi Jen,
      Yep we are over the colic now (thankgod). Luckily I had a great friend who had experienced it with her daughter who gave me heaps of tips and then once she was diagnosed with her cmpa that also helped us to take further steps to reduce her colic. It lasted about 5 months for us.

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  2. Aisha loves Mummy

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  3. Gorgeous pics of your bambino ... neither of my kids was interested in a dummy. Miss 17 was a finger sucker from birth, it's a lot harder to break that habit when they get older because you can't remove/lose the finger!!! She was about 10 when she stopped.

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    1. She sucked her thumb for about a week but now only does it very rarely thankfully because I was more worried about her getting into that habit than using a dummy.

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  4. So I'm also a big fan/believer of dummies. My kids all had expensive tastes also - the NUK ones! I just wish I hadn't taken mine off my daughter, who suffered badly from reflux, medicated heavily for it, plus all the other things elevation etc. Because she then found her fingers instead and now at 6, she's addicted! Em - also visiting as part of #teamIBOT

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    1. My niece was the same. I remember them putting tea tree oil and stuff on her thumb to try and make it taste bad. She used to suck it so much she got blisters or the skin would peel off.

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  5. shes so cute :) i love the "made in ...." ones i would think my daughter would need one that said "sooky lah lah" x

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    1. Bahaha! When she gets older she will kill you for letting her go out in public with it.

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  6. 'I love my Mummy'

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  7. I'd get "Thomas's Sister" to give to my niece.

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  8. When I was pregnant I was open to the use of dummies but hoped that I wouldn't need them. We ended up using them and he gave them up without a drama at 18 months. Like your little one he only used it for sleeps too. Although they did come in handy for those long shopping trips that were just that little bit too taxing on little babies.

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    1. Yep I've found them very handy for when shes had enough at the shops too.

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  9. Dummies are a vital tool to keep a mum of twins sane. They also act as a magic plug to keep my spewy babies feed down. I would get 'boy' and 'girl' printed on them so when I'm shopping people don't have to stop me to ask which is which haha

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    1. It sucks that dressing babies in blue or pink isn't obvious enough these days!

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  10. 'Kiss Me'. Actually I love kissing my baby girl :D

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  11. I'd get my boys name "VINCENT" . So everyone knows his strong manly name ;)

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  12. Something fun like "I'm not a sucker ? "

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