WEANING OF DUMMY

Gita - posted on 05/22/2016 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hello Mommies...
My Son is 18 months old and i have just tried weaning him off the dummy since a week, first couple of days he was alright, n did not cry or make a fuss when we put him to bed at night. But then after that he cries for about 5 minutes every night before he stops crying n goes to sleep, more than a cry its a screaming cry.... he does use a blanket as a comforter as well. he wakes up al most every 2 hrs or less and cries and screams again, though he is in his sleep...
My question is how long does it take for him to forget about the dummy and settle in without the cry, its really heartbreaking to see him cry and sleep every night.
He had given up him afternoon nap dummy about 1 month ago...
pls help mummies....

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Gita - posted on 05/22/2016

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well, when he used to use the Dummy n the milk, there were days we gave him the dummy when he wakes up n he did not take it, coz he wanted the milk, and even sometimes when we gave him the diluted milk( water) instead of milk, he used to go, no n cry out loud till he actually gave him milk... n then he settles n goes back to bed...

I have tried letting him cry, sometimes he just goes off to sleep again but sometimes n cries n cries so loud that he wakes up my 4 year old as well n then he will be wide awake n the whole family will be awake in the middle of the night... :)

but yeah, i feel i need to go cold turkey with him, as u mentioned, just let him cry n he will learn to go to sleep again...

Sarah - posted on 05/22/2016

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Well, for the cries in his sleep, you really just gotta let him be. If you try to comfort him he will wake up all the way. If this were my kid, I'd rethink the pacifier and try to ditch the milk. So we he wakes give him the pacifier and if that doesn't settle him then he can have the water. Maybe if he has the dummy to soothe himself he will give up the milk? It is a hard thing to figure out, and you already started with the pacifier. Have you tried just leaving him to cry? I know it sounds mean, but kids do learn to self-soothe.

Gita - posted on 05/22/2016

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he eats really well, he has his dinner around 6:15 to 6:30 and then has his bottle around 7:45 to 8 (300mls) just before bed time, he sleeps around 8:15ish... he wakes up around 10:30- 11 and we just give him diluted milk in water, he drinks abt 30 mls and goes back to sleep, wakes up again after and hr or so n we give him a bottle of milk, he drinks that and goes to bed, does not wake up until abt out 3ish or sometimes wakes up around 5 we give him water again that time, but if he again wakes up in n hrs time then we just give him a bottle of milk.
but due to the missing of dummy he sometimes wakes up a couple of times in between n just cries n screams....:(

Is there anything i could do?

Sarah - posted on 05/22/2016

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If he had the pacifier, would he sleep longer without the bottle? If I had to pick between the two, I'd pick the dummy. He isn't hungry at night, or at least he doesn't need to drink milk all night. I do think diluting it with water will probably help. How long does he fuss for the milk, have you tried to just let him cry? Once it becomes part of his "falling to sleep routine" it is tough to break, probably harder on you than him even though he seems so distressed. He is eating enough during the day and gets a bottle or snack before bedtime?

Gita - posted on 05/22/2016

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Hey Sarah...i hope it really settles down sooner, as the next project is weaning him off his milk bottles at night...he wakes up for the bottle as well, we tried to give him water with just a few drops of milk to change the colour, he drinks that but wakes up again the next hour for actual milk....do u have any tips for that?... :(

Sarah - posted on 05/22/2016

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He just has to relearn how to settle himself without sucking the pacifier. Picture yourself trying to fall asleep without your pillow, you can do it but then when you rouse during the night, instead of just falling back to sleep, you say "hey where is the pillow?" and have to refall to sleep. After a week of no pillow, you may not even notice that it is gone. Same for him, he is crying a bit but falling asleep, then he rouses, and rather than suck the dummy, he thinks "hey where is the dummy?" and has to cry a bit then fall back to sleep. My guess is just a few days. If he is already napping without it, and he isn't crying for hours for it, he will probably adjust quickly.

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