I'm so happy to say that things are very different now! Neither girl needs a dummy to sleep and it has made a major difference to their sleeping patterns. Previously they were both waking 2-3 times a night crying for the dummy then instantly falling back to sleep again. The husband and I were shattered, most nights seeing every hour of the click between us, but since taking the dummy's away they have both developed the magical and what we had assumed mythical ability of sleeping through.
It's left me with a question in my head, would I give a dummy next time? I know babies won't sleep through till they're ready, I know babies wake up at night and that's normal, but I look at big girl who turns 3 later this month and wonder if she would have slept through sooner if she'd learnt to settle herself without needing a dummy? It's an interesting question and one I'm going to have to start answer in 7 short months.
Should I stick with what I know or make my home a dummy free zone? What did you do? And what would you recommend?