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    Default Help get my 4 month old off the dummy

    My 4 month old DS needs a dummy to go to sleep which in itself is not a big deal. Except he is waking up 20+ times a night and needing settling with the dummy. It's driving me crazy.

    We have the cot up against the bed so we pretty much co-sleep. I've tried rocking, patting, singing, moving him over to me and giving him cuddles but nothing works. He just wants the dummy.

    He's not hungry either as when he wakes in the morning he happily plays for about an hour before getting cranky for a feed.

    I don't know if I should even be trying right now or just suck it up and wait till he gets older?

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    My LO is a dummy lover as well. Have you thought abpout a dummy chain/strap? We use on for my DS (just make sure you buy a short one, and clip it low down on his top so it can't go around his neck), and by about 5 months he was able to feel for the chain and find his dummy to put it back in his own mouth. If the dummy is loose in the cot it is so much harder for them to find, although I have heard of people putting lots of dummies in the cot.

    My first two bubs were thumb suckers, so we didnt have the problem, and it drove me nuts for the first few muoths with the constant replacing of the dummy at night, but with time he learned to find the dummy himself, and now he is a great little sleeper.

    Its just a comfort thing. Be grateful he doesn't want to use you as a dummy! You could get rid of it if you want but be prepared for lots of bad nights! I have heard of people using a method (something-arother "Pull-out method" - cant think of the name) by which you remove the dummy gradually before bub is fully asleep...we tried this without any luck..

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    My DS was exactly the same at that age. It didn't take him long to work out how to find it as we had a dummy chain.

    If you really want it gone though you just need to take it away and never give it back. It will take about 3 or 4 nights of no sleep to get rid though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaybaby View Post
    I have heard of people using a method (something-arother "Pull-out method" - cant think of the name) by which you remove the dummy gradually before bub is fully asleep...we tried this without any luck..
    I think you mean the Pantley pull off method, if you google it the instructions are online.

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    i just stopped putting it back in! I was sleep deprived and didnt have the energy to get up fo the 45679th time one night for the stupid dummy, so i let her cry it out. It prob took 3-4 days but in the end she found her fingers and has sucked on them for the last 8mths.

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    Thanks for all your suggestions

    We don't do CIO or CC so I bought Elizabeth Pantley's no cry sleep solution today and will try the pull out method. I guess it will get worse before it gets better but I have to try something!


 

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