When Oliver was born I knew I would give him a dummy/soother/dodie/pacifier (what ever you like to call it!). I really didn’t like the idea of thumb sucking, Stuart sucked his as a child and his sister still sucks hers in her 30’s, so Stu was also very keen to do anything to stop Oliver sucking his! He knew exactly how hard it was to stop that habit, your thumb will always be with you, a dummy won’t!
The dummy was the best thing I ever decided to do. It would help soothe him instantly, if we were out and about it would usually keep him happy and calm. He loved his dummy, but I knew that eventually it would be something we would be taking away.
From the outset I knew I wanted to take the dummy away when Oliver turned one. However, when he turned one, I couldn’t do it. I had stopped breastfeeding and I didn’t ‘t want to take the only other thing he found comfort in. So we kept on with it. But last weekend I was sat there thinking out loud with Stu and we both decided we should just go for it. We should ditch the dummy. At 14 months, he didn’t use it for comfort, it was more of a habit!
How did we do it?
On Monday morning I made sure I went to his room before he woke up and I took the dummy away from his cot. I then made sure all other dummies around the house were out of reach or hidden. We went completely cold turkey, I expected tantrums, crying and just a grumpy baby. What I got was a happy content baby, who maybe moaned a little more than normal but did really well.
Bedtime came around and I didn’t have high expectations. Oliver has never been great at settling off to sleep alone, so I thought he would go into full meltdown. Well I was totally surprised! He went down with no problems. And guess what, we haven’t looked back. Now we are almost 10 days down the line and Oliver isn’t bothered at all.
So that’s how we ditched the dummy, cold turkey worked for us. If you have stopped using one, how did you do it?