Hi. We live in a 2 bedroom house with an office that comes off the kitchen/dining area. Its open plan.
Miss 3.5 is in the bedroom (at rear of house away from everything) and mr 1yr old is in the office. Has been since birth. I have always had white noise going for him so the sounds of missy running around and us clattering about in the kitchen and at the table dont disturb him. I cant actually ever recal him being woken by any noise.
Problem is now that i want to take the dummy away from him. He's currently waking 2-3 times or more at night but wont settle without a milk feed and his dummy. So, im after some advice about what i should do. Ive rang QEC sleep school for advice on taking dummy away and helping him learn to settle himself at night but dont get a call from them for another months time. so i want to try it myself first. Im pretty good at dealing with the crying as i took missy to sleep school when she was 7 months old but she never had a dummy. she just kept waking and didnt respond to me setteling her.
this whole 'dummy' thing is still new to me. I only gave it to DS upon recommendation from MCHN because he was feeding every 1.5 hrs around the clock when first born. It did help, but now im over having to constantly find lost dummys and him using them as a sleep aid.
He has a blankie that he's attached to so i'l keep that for him as a sleep cue and we have a good routine set up. He knows when bed time is and will even remind me. Its just this dummy issue. I wished i never gave it to him now. I feel the longer i leave it the harder it will be to get rid of it.
Can anyone offer some advice for me? What tecniques did you use? I must add that he dosent really respond to me setteling him either. He pushes my hand away if i try to pat him, his cry goes through the roof if i walk out on him after quietly telling him its sleep time and giving him his blankie and dummy. If i do the same method sleep school taught me with DD, he cries and cries for much longer. I understand about consistency in my technique and i understand it will get easier if i stick to it, but he is so much more difficult to settle than my 'very spirited' DD was.
So, anyone? Advice? I need sleep!