+ Reply to Thread
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 16 of 16
  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Perth WA
    Posts
    2,068
    Thanks
    1,637
    Thanked
    544
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    My girls were both very attached to their dummies and they had several in their beds, in the kitchen drawer etc. I weaned my eldest off when she was 3 years old, so old enough to reason with.

    My friend took her bubs dummy away at 10months and she just grinned ans bore the 5 days of unsettled sleep. So lots of waking for the child where she would be in and out of his room overnight patting him, drinks of water, him crying in his cot, etc.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Victoria
    Posts
    1,868
    Thanks
    3,216
    Thanked
    1,513
    Reviews
    4
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    We tried to wean our 5 month old a few nights ago - it was hard but now she sleeps at night without it. However she is still using it for day sleeps as it seems to be the only thing that will settle her in the daytime - she is a very sensitive bub who won't be comforted by rocking, ssh sshing, patting, etc.

    If you can get someone in to help you even if only for the first night it might help. There is a lot of crying involved and it might be better for someone to help who isn't as tired and as affected by the crying?

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    22
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked
    2
    Reviews
    9
    We weaned at that age for much the same reason. I used a 'gradual withdrawal approach'. First for 3 days we worked on introducing a new bed time routine - say closing the blinds, switching on music, wrapping / sleeping bag and a story. Then I started to put her down without the dummy. I would put her down after her bed time / nap time routine and say 'sleep time now' and walk out the room to give her the opportunity to try to settle. At first DD would scream and because leaving babies that age when they are distressed is not recommended I would go back in and try to pat her to soothe to sleep. I would try to pat for 5 minutes if I could bear it and then would start to use the dummy as a soother. Basically gently pulling it out as the baby starts to relax, you may have to do this a huge number of times as at first DD would scream the minute the dummy was removed. Some of those early sleeps she ended up with the dummy in her mouth. But within 5 days the patting was working for most sleeps and within 4 weeks the dummy was gone for night sleeps and the initial settle for day sleeps - I still used it to resettle for day sleeps for another couple of months as she would wake after 45mins and i would pop her dummy in and she would sleep for another 45 (sometimes). Also she got sick during this period and would wake once in the night, if I could not settle her with a breastfeed and patting I would give her a dummy. I also continued to use it to get her to sleep in the car and the pram until she was 7 months, by then she had found her thumb. So I continued to use the dummy as a soother until she was 7 months, but not a sleep aid in her cot and from the first night she fell asleep without the dummy the 45 minute wake ups stopped. Some babies are definitely better off not being dummy dependent. To be honest, I think cold turkey is simpler, but I didn't have the stomach for it and we got there quickly anyway!! Good luck xx

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    casino
    Posts
    1,958
    Thanks
    2,916
    Thanked
    333
    Reviews
    1
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Wow I'm so glad both my kids refused their dummies DS @ 3 months DD @ 10 months. Both when they got their top teeth actually i was constant losing them PITA honestly

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    402
    Thanks
    37
    Thanked
    53
    Reviews
    0
    Cold turkey for us (at 5 months). I think dd was ready to give it up too. She'd throw it around in the cot and play with it.

    Sure it was hard for about 3 days but after that she was sleeping longer without the dummy and it was worth it. I found myself going back to the newborn techniques - patting her on her tummy, saying goodnight, lightly rocking her a bit before putting her down. Just to let her know it was "bedtime".

    At that young age it'll be easier to stop it. It's easy to just resort to it when things get hard (please try not to beat yourself up over it if you find yourself using it). It will get easier - you just have to persist!

    Good luck!
    Last edited by Lovable; 27-04-2012 at 23:07.

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    76
    Thanks
    65
    Thanked
    5
    Reviews
    0
    I haven't read all the other replies so maybe someone has suggested this already: One of the girls in my mother's group taught her little 5 mo old to put the dummy back in herself. They put a very short dummy clip on her clothes with the dummy on it and taught the baby to follow the strap down to the dummy with her fingers during the night and put it back in herself. My friend said it was very hard for two weeks, but it was the best thing she ever did. No more waking in the night and crying. I think they just continually got up and helped their baby find the strap herself and put the dummy in. Hope that helps, even though you want to get rid of the dummy, not keep it!!! Just a thought 5 mo old is now 10 mo's old and sleeps through the night soundly with her dummy and puts it back in herself.


 

Similar Threads

  1. 5 month old wakes at night and cries ... With dummy still in!!??
    By Lucylove in forum General Sleeping & Settling Chat
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 12-11-2012, 22:38
  2. Help get my 4 month old off the dummy
    By just her chameleon in forum General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 27-03-2012, 20:43

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
Babybee Prams
Save $50 in our pre-Christmas sale! All Comet's now only $500. Our bassinet & stroller set includes free shipping AUS wide, $75 free accessories, 18-months warranty & a 9 month free return policy. Check out our new designer range today!
sales & new stuffsee all
The Health Hub
Give a new mum a fitness boost for Christmas & New Year. Studio-based, small group training sessions - cardio, strength, core, Pilates & boxing. Choice of 16 hrs per week, flexible-arrival feature - bubs & kids welcome! Gift vouchers available.
featured supporter
Transition into Parenthood / Calmbirth Sydney
Julie's Transition into Parenthood and Calmbirth courses for pregnant couples will get you ready, prepared and organised for the wonderful birth of your beautiful new baby. Birth Support Doula training provided in 2017 open to all. Call 0401 265 530
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!