how to get my 2yr old off the dummy?

Heidi - posted on 01/02/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my 2yr is always asking for a dummy, we have limits to only having it at rest or bed times but how can i take it away for good without upsetting her to much.

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Amy - posted on 01/02/2011

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We did the bedtime only thing right from the beginning...I had 2 out of 4 who had them....I found that when they weren't searching or waking up in their crib for it and it wasn't in their mouth any more when they woke it was time for the rest of them to go.....I used to have about 5 in the crib so there would alway sbe one around but they slowly dwindled...I then found when I checked on him it wasn't in his mouth ..the one night we couldn't find the last one and he cried to sleep after a brief time and that was it....

Danielle - posted on 01/02/2011

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I have a 22 month old little girl "noo-noo" away yesterday. She only used to get it at nap and bed time here at home. At daycare she napped without it, so I actually thought it would be easier as she was sorta used to it - boy was I wrong! Yesterday at nap it wasn't bad but bed time and the middle of the night was horrible. Full on screaming tamtrum for about an hour! Then today at nap pretty much the same thing. It took her about 45 mins to calm down and fall asleep tonight and I'm not looking forward to the tantrum I'm sure is coming around midnight! I feel soooo terrible for her! I got her hooked on the pacifier and I took it away. I prepared her for a few days talking about how it was time that they go in the garbage. We cut the top off and let her look at it and put it in her mouth in the morning and then she put them in the garbage. When you ask her where her noo-noo's are she tell you in the garbage and that they were broken. Knowing that isn't making it easier on her! Help! How long is her heartbreak going to last? Did I completely tramatize her? I don't think I can go back and cave otherwise we'll never be able to get rid of them after this. Any advise????

Natalie - posted on 01/02/2011

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Yes I have this problem but my 8 month old has a dummy so I can't take away my two year olds as he'll just steal the babies? what to do here?

Susan - posted on 01/02/2011

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I have a story similar to Lissa's. When my Katie was about 18 months old her dummie was missing. Her brothers and I looked for half an hour before bed time and it had disappeared. Her oldest brother Alan was 5 and had lost a couple of teeth, that of course the tooth fairy had taken away. So I told Kate that the 'dummie Fairy' had come a took it to another little girls that didn't have one, but needed one. This, to Kate, was acceptable. The next morning there was a quarter under her pillow. She was so excited.
p.s. we never did find the dummie.

Lissa - posted on 01/02/2011

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I cut it out during the day for a few weeks then we left it for the dummy fairy who takes the dummies and leaves a little gift. There were a few ten minute cries for a few days but they got over it. Just make sure before you take it away completely you have checked the whole house for any that she may have stashed somewhere.

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