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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Great inventions

What a great invention the dummy is....LG has finially worked out what the thing is for...claming yourself down.....and it works so far...i say so far coz LG is known to change like the wind.....or i should say like the tides being that she is a little Pisces..

This last day the dummy and the very pink swing have been god sends...they work to help her calm down and stay calm so...whoopy

Guess what...LG is so advance...she can roll from her tummy back onto her back...at first i thought it was just a one off but no...she has now done this 3/4 times....so cant put her on her tummy on the sofa anymore...coz she could end up on the slate floor...not a good thing.


Plus i had a smile today...not a wind one a poper smile....so advance

Dummies, Pacifiers, Soothers, what's in a name?

The humble pacifier, the giver of peace, the instrument of tranquillity and mothers savoir, all of these names do not do justice to the power of this little piece of plastic and rubber. The sanity of many long gone mothers has been saved by this little piece of magic!

Over the years the pacifier has taken on a general standard appearance, e.g. teat, mouth shield and handle, but in reality the pacifier can be anything that soothes the baby. Indeed the pacifier of today, evolved from the teething soothers of yesteryear

An advert from Sears Roebuck & Co catalogue dated 1902, It was around this time that the pacifier took on the shape that we all recognise today. It is true to say the pacifier we are all familiar with today evolved directly from the early teething rings.

Many of the early teething rings/dummies were manufactured with a choice of black, maroon or white rubber. The harmless looking white rubber of the day contained a certain amount of lead!

If 21st century soothers can be hard on a child’s teeth, imagine what the 17th century version did. Parents in the 1600s used white candy sticks as pacifiers for their children.

A couple of hundred years later, the expression “born with a silver spoon in his mouth” could be taken literally. If you were an upper-crust mom in the 1800s, you probably gave baby a pacifier made of silver. And if you were taking her out for a special occasion, you probably broke out the high-end sucky, the one made from mother-of-pearl or the one made of coral which was thought to ward off sickness and the evil eye.

A less elaborate pacifier, still in use last century, was properly known as a “sugar tit.” This was made by tying cloth or gauze around a small amount of sugar and soaking it, then giving it to baby to suck.

A mere five or six years ago, soothers surfaced in the world of fashion. In the mid-’90s, it was a teen trend to wear pacifiers as accessories.
bullet Meanwhile, Maggie from The Simpsons is rarely separated from her pacifier, and her constant “suck, suck, suck” sound has been the audio backdrop for virtually every episode.

4 reflections:

Dragonesque said...

Two positive updates in a row - that sounds like progress to me! So lovely of Jane to come over and glad that LG is starting to get the hang of the dummy. May you all have a peaceful night tonight ☺

Cyndy said...

I was/am a fan of the dummy. Babies need to suck, & if you don't breastfeed or want a baby to be on the breast all day, then a dummy (of any style or fashion) is the answer. I am one of those evil mothers who doctored a dummy in the early days to encourage the baby to suck it. I knew that I would be going back to work before my baby was 3 months old, and as such, baby had to be able to settle without boob or bottle. It was not a drama to wean my littlies off either the bottle or the dummy.
Also, my bubs were happier once they were upright for part of the time rather than horizontal, maybe due in part to the fact that they had reflux, but it was also better for them as they were nosy little critters who liked being part of the big world. I didn't have a swing, but my mum had a jolly jumper.
Interesting pacifier facts, Jewel. I used to stick my thumb up a bottle teat & suck it. It was back in the days when lids were make of ugly black bakelite.

Many more good days to you & your very advanced LG:I think that she is impatient to see the world too... as indicated by her early arrival!

Michelle said...

Mine had a jolly jumper too...no way they were going to lie still and be good either.

As for dummies...they are a NECESSITY with some kids. I always have a chuckle when I hear a first time mum-to-be stating that their child will never have a dummy....then see them 3 months later with 25 dummies attached to the pram, to the cot, to the kid....:)

Hers hoping it does the trick for you Helen!

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