For parents who has given their child a dummy, started to take the dummy away can feel like a nightmare! With Rosie, She was addicted to bottles and dummies until she was about 2 and a half. This made the process even harder. We started off slowly and got rid of her dummies first before the bottles.
Rosie had a little hoard of dummies all around our flat at the time, and this made it even harder because when we thought we where getting somewhere, she would go to one of her hiding spots and find one. Talk about frustrating! We tried every tips we could. Going cold turkey, (Obviously this one didn’t work, she would find her secret ones), we tried bribery with toys and chocolate and even tried the dummy fairies. She was stubborn and wouldn’t let go.
One day, I was told by a friend, to try a new method, and at this point.. we was willing to try anything. We sat Rosie down and explained that there where some babies in the hospital that has just been born that needed them more than she did. When this was said- her eyes lite up like Blackpool and she asked why they needed them. We explained that like when she was younger, dummies helped them sleep and the babies needed them to help them sleep. We got her a box and she put all her dummies in, and we put it outside the door for the postman to pick up in the morning, and I wear that night.. she was a different child.
She may have winged for the dummy every now and again, but once we reminded her where they went she got on her way. It was crazy after all the things we tried, this finally worked and we would finally breathe. No more tantrums, no more paddies, and peaceful bedtimes. We were very happy.
We did exactly the same thing for bottles too, that took a bit more persuading but the result was the same!
Do you have any tips on getting children away from their dummies or bottles?
Until next time,