DS is 10mths old and currently has a dummy to get off to sleep. He doesn't have it any other time and doesn't wake overnight for it. When I check on him before going to bed, he has usually already spat it out. Very occasionally he may wake at 4-5am and as soon as I give it to him he goes back to sleep until 6.30-7am.
I'd like to get rid of it before he potentially becomes too reliant on it, and before we go overseas just after his 1st bday. I've had experience with my sister & her 2.5yr DD and it was/is a nightmare experience - I'm wanting to avoid that possible scenario by doing it earlier.
Any advice on the best way to handle this, given his age and current use? Cold turkey or more subtle methods?
I'm torn because it helps him go straight to sleep & relaxes him instantly. I'm scared his great sleeping patterns will be thrown out the window!