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.
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25-04-2012 23:19 #11
27-04-2012 04:07 #12
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?
27-04-2012 21:03 #13Junior Member
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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
27-04-2012 21:43 #14
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
27-04-2012 22:04 #15
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!
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22-05-2012 12:20 #16Member
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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.
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