I was certain before I had children that I'd never use dummies. Then one of my children discovered one at a friend's house and I was amazed by what a comfort it was. So whilst I know this picture would be all the more lovely without a great big pink dummy in V's mouth, I allow her to have one at bedtime and nap-time. I did try and wrestle this off her temporarily to get a dummy-free picture but the result was a very cross looking baby! Our house rule is she's allowed one at bedtime and nap-time but never during playtime.