Friends first bought this jelly cat mouse for my son when he was a newborn. Not only is the mouse fantastically soft, as is the case with most jelly cat toys, but the nose is just the right size and shape to replace a nipple. A few times my son used it to suck on in emergencies when crying for milk and we were not quite home yet!
Now my son is 11 months old and I've had to buy 6 mice so that I can keep washing them! They are his comfort toy. He loves sucking one ear and playing with the other. At bedtime we can't be without a mouse now! I'd highly recommend this as a purchase especially if you are trying to avoid a dummy.