I wanted to.take my sons dummy off him when he was 1 i have reduced dummy time to. Bed time only but my question is when should dummies be fully gone and how can i do it without breaking his heart
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16-12-2012 21:22 #1
16-12-2012 21:36 #2Senior Member
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Subbing i just cut down ds dummy time to bed time only which is fine.. But i think cutting it completely will be hard and result in a lot of screaming over night
16-12-2012 21:42 #3
We also try to keep the dummy for bedtime and just use distraction during the day if she seem like she needs it.
We did completely take it off her when she was about 9months, was a long couple of nights but we bed share so she was happy to snuggle. She then found one a few months later and started the habit again lol.
I feel that she will lose interest in it over time and it will happen by itself. I like her to be happy and comfortable so if that means using it then that's ok. She won't want it forever
16-12-2012 22:17 #4
I used to chew my dummy and break it, so mum would take it off me, throw it away and give me a new one. Eventually she got frustrated with this and told me that the next time I chewed my dummy I wouldn't be getting another one.
Of course I don't remember any of this, but according to mum the next time I chewed my dummy I took it out of my mouth, gave it to mum and never asked after it again...
Have you tried telling your LO that it's time to give it up?
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16-12-2012 22:37 #5
He is nearly 11 months so its hard to explain
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17-12-2012 05:01 #6
Why take it off him? If it gives him comfort I see that as a good thing. My MCHN said the good time to get rid of the dummy was at 3 months (when the sucking reflex decreases) or at age 3. I got rid of my ds's dummy at 3. BUT, it was for bedtime only for a long time before that. My 14mo dd has hers for bedtime only in theory, but if she's tired or we're going out & she might sleep then she'll get it too. I suggest you just cut it down during the day to encourage talking, but leave it for night time.
17-12-2012 06:16 #7
My DD1 was quite attached to her dummy. She only had it for sleep times, but she had one in her mouth and one in each hand!
When she was 2, we went away on holidays. She asked for it on the drive home when she was getting tired and we said " oh no! We left it on holidays!" After that, she asked for it 2 or 3 times, we reminded her that we left it on holidays, and she was happy with that.
17-12-2012 06:56 #8
My DS1 loooooved his dummy! He only had it for sleep times and when he was sick. He was 3.5 when we left it out for the Easter Bunny to take for another baby. It was a good age because we could reason with him. The first night he wanted his dummy and I reminded him that the Easter Bunny left him all that yummy chocolate. So he wanted to know if he could give the chocolate back to get his dummy back!!! He was fine after 3 days.
Luckily DS2 hated the dummy so have avoided the problem this time!! Mind you I caught DS1 with one in his mouth that his brother had refused and I couldn't help but laugh!!!
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