Ditching the Dummy

ditching the dummy
Not long after I wrote the post ‘Weaning My Toddler Off The Dummy: 10 Ways To Wean‘ earlier this year, we actually did ditch the dummy.

It’s funny reading through the post now because really, I was worrying over absolutely nothing.

I got so worked up over all of the advice I was given, what I read, being told that it would be a terrible experience. Well actually, it wasn’t and both Mr. G and I were pleasantly surprised.

I actually wrote in my earlier post about being hesitant to go cold turkey but that’s actually what we did, with a little bit of a twist.

When we went to lunch with one of my friends whose son was a baby at the time, I simply said to Elliott while we were sitting in the cafe, “Elliott, because Flynn is a little baby he really needs a dummy and because you’re a big boy, you don’t need one anymore. Would you like to give your dummy to Flynn?” And without hesitation, that’s exactly what Elliott did.

There were a couple of nights when it took a little longer than usual for Elliott to go to sleep, but he was happy enough to be comforted by his blankey, Elly and enjoyed his bottle of milk before bed and then it just became normal.

So to any of you stressing over ditching the dummy, all I can say is not to worry so much. If you can, give what I did a shot and hopefully like me, you’ll be pleasantly surprised and it will be a relatively easy transition.

 

How did you ditch the dummy? Was it effective?

 

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    October 27, 2014 / 6:03 am

    That’s really clever Eva! I love it!!

  2. October 27, 2014 / 6:16 am

    It was easy to ditch the dummy with No.3 – think it went when he was about 1? But No.2 was harder, he had it until he was about 2/5/3 or so? But that’s because I also had an older girl AND a newborn so I wasn’t stressed about taking it away. Once it went he didn’t miss it. So great it wasn’t traumatic for you all x

  3. Jody at Six Little Hearts
    October 27, 2014 / 6:39 am

    I never had dummy issues in that none of my six ever took to it – that fact was my dummy issue! I only ever successfully had each of them accept it a tiny bit for about a week as I weaned from breast to bottle. I don’t think the link-up is working Eva? There’s no tab to link whatsoever?

  4. October 27, 2014 / 7:06 am

    Go Elliott! I sometimes think listening to everyone else can make things a whole lot worse! We’ve never had any issues giving up the dummy. Both boys seemed to lose interest in it when they were around 4 -5 months old – I can’t say the same for Liam and his blanket though! Thankfully he doesn’t mind which one it is, just as long as he goes to bed with one of the baby wraps he is a happy little man 🙂

  5. October 27, 2014 / 7:58 am

    Hayley has only ever used her dummy for going to sleep and always spits it out as soon as she falls asleep. She used to cry during the night if she woke from a sleep cycle and couldnt find her dummy, but she no longer does that and shes also learnt to self settle so I’m thinking we should have too much of an issue getting rid of her dummy when shes ready. She sleeps with one of her muslin wraps which we call blankie and as long as she has that I think she’ll be fine.

  6. Bubfriendly Winnie
    October 27, 2014 / 9:28 am

    What a good boy Elliott! Sometimes our little ones do surprise us don’t they? We never used the dummy with my girls but with my first – it did take a little while to wean her off the breast so I guess in some ways it was similar – towards the end she was still sucking for comfort and to sleep but one day we just decided that we will sing to her instead of breastfeeding her and it took a few days but it worked!

  7. October 27, 2014 / 3:10 pm

    Took us few attempts to get rid of the dummy for #2 child. We couldn’t find anything else to substitute it unfortunately but I just took an opportunity like you did and said they had to go away. He was quite old by the standards of others (over 3 years) and the dentist has already noticed an affect on his teeth. Oh well, what can you do?!

  8. October 27, 2014 / 4:49 pm

    We have tried several times to ditch the dummy with out 3.5 year old (since he was around 2). Each time it has been a total disaster with him sobbing and begging and staying awake until he collapsed with exhaustion only to wake a few hours later sobbing again. I have no idea how we will ever get rid of it. He only has it for bed but at this rate he will be taking it to sleepovers at school 🙁

  9. October 28, 2014 / 1:04 pm

    We haven’t ever had the dummy issue. My first never had one because I wanted to avoid it and then I bit the bullet with my second and tried to give her one but she refused to take it. So no advice to give, just an understanding that people have issues. You seem to have handled it well though.

  10. October 28, 2014 / 1:06 pm

    Both my boys had a dummy and my eldest we did cold turkey at 6 months and worked a treat, but he only needed it for sleep time. And baby number two had his dummy until he 18 months old, but once again only for sleep time and the occasional day time when he was driving me insane. And we did cold turkey again right before we went on a trip to Fiji.

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  11. October 29, 2014 / 7:47 pm

    We were lucky with our son – one night he went to bed without it so I decided that he didn’t need it anymore. He asked a few times but we were pretty lucky. My daughter never had a dummy so we haven’t had to worry second time round.