My ds is 1 and am looking at getting rid of the dummy he has it for sleep only and on the odd occasion he is real grizzly. What age did you get rid of the dummy and what strategies did you use to help with the transition
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16-02-2012 10:34 #1
What age did you get rid of the dummy and how did you do it
16-02-2012 10:34 #2Senior Member
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6 months. Cold turkey.
I think it'd be harder at an older age though.
16-02-2012 10:36 #3
Also around 6 months cold turkey I think it would be a lot harder as they get more attached to it, we replaced the dummy with a special toy that stays in the cot
16-02-2012 10:46 #4Senior Member
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DD was 3. Its a long stron so bare with me!
A few weeks before getting rid of the dummy, we went to a show and DD got a 'mermaid balloon'. She loved this balloon but unfortunatly (well turned out to be a good thing) it flew away a couple of days later! She was so upset. A couple of days later we told her the fairies in the sky were looking after it until she was ready to give up her dummy.
We spoke about the fairies with her balloon for a week or so (until i could track down another one )
About 2 weeks later SHE decided she was ready to give her dummy away and get her balloon back.
She was only having it for naps so one day before her nap she put it in a speacil bag on a tree to leave for the fairies. It tooker her an hour or so to finally go to sleep but when she did she slept normally and woke up to her mermaid balloon.
She was so excited. She went on about how she missed her dummy so much for a couple of days but after that shes been fine!!
The point of my story is really to ONE, not worry too much about getting rid of the dummy and TWO, once they get to about 1 yo (IMO) its best to wait until they can understand and do it themselves...its less traumatic that way i think.
I thkn a ONE yo isnt going to understand why their comforter is being taken away and its going to create more harm than good.
At about 1 yo we did cut down DD dummy use to just sleeping. Then at about 2yo we cut it down to NAP TIME only. I think its easier to do it gradually
Maybe try to cut it out for NIght time sleep first then see how you go
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16-02-2012 11:30 #5
My DD point blank refused her dummy at 11 months n hadn't had it since though she does suck her thumb when going to sleep my DS refused his dummy at 3 months but took me forever to get him off bottles 2 &1/2 DD still on bottles at 14 months starting sippy cups now only bottle for bed time
16-02-2012 11:36 #6
Around 2. I cut them up and threw them in the bin - so I wouldnt be tempted - and rode out the storm. Took about five nights of tears and it was all done.
16-02-2012 12:27 #7
my dd1 wasnt a dummy girl, but she did however like her bottle. She gave her bottle up when she was 2. I used the same technique my mum used on my brothers and sister to give up their dummies and bottles. I intend on using the same technique with dd2 when it comes time to give her dummy up.
In the lead up to easter when dd1 was about 2, I made a fuss of the easter bunny and how the easter bunny might need some bottles for all the baby bunnies. On the eve of easter she gladly collected all her baby bottles and bagged them up with a letter attached for the baby bunnies. She complained once over the days afterwards but was more excited her bottles were being used by the easter bunny and the letter the easter bunny left for her thanking her.
You dont have to use the easter bunny. You could use a fairy, a friends new baby, santa etc.. As long as the child is made to feel like they are doing a really special or important thing for someone else it usually works especially if they get acknowledgment from the receiver of the bottles. That way they feel like it was their idea to give away their bottle/dummy.
17-02-2012 11:41 #8
I find that my ds will settle with it at night but generally spits it out and when he wakes he has it again he has really never cried for the dummy when he spat it out so maybe that's a good thing I'm not in a hurry to get rid of it yet but will in time just looking at ways to do it
17-02-2012 11:54 #9
Ds2 was my on dummy child and because he was a very sick baby it was his one little comfort. We decided at 2 and a half to take it off him and he must of been ready we said daddy ate them lol and that night he went and laid down and fell asleep no problems at all and never asked for it again.
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17-02-2012 12:40 #10
DD1 was 2.5yrs. she wanted to go to ballet so i told her she could go if she threw all the dummies in the bin.
first day of ballet she collected all dummies, threw in the bin out the front of ballet and that was it.
she mentioned them a few times but we just reminded her they were gone and it was never an issue.
DD2 never took a dummy
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