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Day: September 2, 2017

Getting Rid of the Dummy

Getting Rid of the Dummy

Ask any mum and you’ll find out how difficult it can be to wean your children from their beloved dummy. Every child who uses a dummy loves their dummy…..-it’s been a source of comfort and security in them. So naturally, most parents have found it to be a struggle when the time has come to toss the dummy.

Here are a few tips to help make the transition easier for you and your little one easier:

  • Look for signs that weaning that your child might be ready. Signs might come in the form of less use, throwing their dummy out of their cot, falling asleep on occasion without the dummy. If you can get the timing right, the transition will be easier.  
  • Find another source of comfort for the child.
  • Prepare your child for it. Talk to them about the dummies going away because they are such a big boy/girl now. Some people like to do it a Christmas time so Santa can take them in return for a present.
  • Decide whether you are going to go cold-turkey and get rid of all dummies all at once or make it a more gradual process.

Cold Turkey

  • If you have decided with the cold turkey approach, make sure you stay strong. Once all dummies have been taken away, ensure that you don’t give in and give one back just to stop the crying.
  • Make sure that you have talked to your child about taking away their dummies instead of doing it without them being prepared.
  • Be prepared for a few days/nights with some extra crying and need for extra comfort. Going cold-turkey can be hard but with some extra cuddles and comfort, most children will be fine after only a few days.

Gradual Method

  • Talking to your child and preparing them is just as important as the cold turkey method.
  • Start by taking away a couple of dummies and limiting access to them. Gradually increase the number of dummies taken away until there is just one left and then none.
  • Limit use of the dummy during the day. Your little one will slowly start getting used to the limited use.
  • Start by taking the dummy away at day time sleeps and use it only for night time sleeps.

Getting rid of the dummy can be a stressful time for both the parent and the child. Offering extra cuddles and attention can be really helpful but consistency and persistence are the most important thing. Any big changes take time so having a realistic expectation that it might take a few days or even a week or so is crucial.

If you find that your little one’s sleep is still being affected after a couple of weeks then it’s worth getting help. Sleep Consulting by Sleepy Starz offers a range of affordable sleep consultation package. To view the packages go to www.sleepystarz.com/sleep-consulting/

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