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    Default How do I ween my 5 month old off his dummy?

    So giving my baby a dummy is my biggest regret at the moment. Last night he woke almost every hour from 10pm till 5am because his dummy fell out.

    I desperately want to get rid of it because at the moment I'm alone and I get no break while DH is O/S.

    What's the best way to go about this?

    Just take it away?
    I tried to do that the other day and he screamed for a hour and he was very tired. and he just wouldn't sleep.

    Please help!

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    I read Elizabeth pantleys no cry sleep solution. She has a PPO (Pantley pull off) method for weaning off the breast or dummy.

    BUT it didn't work for us and I took it off him cold turkey. I had 2 hours sleep the first night. By the 3rd night we were having about 5 hours sleep and after a week he completely forgot about it. Good luck, it's hard that first night! But I figured that I NEVER want to go through that again so it helped me to not ever introduce it again lol

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    I think I read something similar where as they are falling asleep and the sucks weaken you take it out gently. If they wake put it back in then once again when they settle take it out. It was something like this anyway and sorry I can't remember who wrote it as I read like a million sleep books when DS was little! But I am sure if you google it you will find a method to try that suits you. It may have even been Tracey Hogg The Baby Whisperer.

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    My suggestion - for what it's worth - is don't do it. Keep plugging it in.

    My A and H children began with dummies but decided to use their thumbs instead and it was a much bigger nightmare trying to wean off the thumb later (haven't tried with H - impossible at present at 9mths). I find that 2 years is probably the best time to wean from a dummy.

    Seriously, it is annoying having to plug it in, but how will you settle him without it? I found that my kids who had dummies settled straight away with it, whereas I couldn't shove the thumbs in or settle the non-suckers easily at all!

    Oh - and I always used a dummy chain. My bubs used to be able to follow it and plug their own dummy in from 4mths or earlier. Perhaps that might help?
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    Seriously my suggestion is don't do it. That comfort will be so great for him when he is teething.

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    I'd say don't do it as well.. At such an early age it's too much to train him to be without it after having got used to it. Unfair.
    Have lotza dummies in his cot??

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    It might help to use a comforter that has your smell on it....

    Good luck, I hope you are able to break the habit. Amongst all my friends/mothers group my bubba is the only one who doesn't use a dummy. Perhaps it's coincidence but he's also the only one who can put himself to sleep and sleep for 10+ hours without a problem. Not meaning to toot as we're
    Not perfect either.I love not having a dummy!

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    I just took mine off my daughter at 6months, IMO she didn't need it any longer and I wasn't going to be putting it in her mouth all night and most research I read said it was an ideal age to take it off her, she had 4teeth by then and got 4more in the 3weeks following but it didn't make a difference. We had 2 difficult nights (but she never cried I just comforted her) BEST thing I did :-)

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    I wouldn't do it either as he is so close to the age where he will be able to put it back in himself. You might find yourself wishing he still had one in a few months time when he's teething.

    My first 3 kids had a dummy and my 4th just never took to them. I sure wish she did!

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    Have you tried a cherry shaped dummy? I found it stayed in better plus i loaded up DD's cot with about 5 dummies in case she lost one during the night.



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