Withdrawing the use of the dummy

Samantha - posted on 04/24/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 year old and was wondering if anyone had any tips on trying to withdraw or take away using the dummy. She used to have it during the day but now my daughter only uses it at night, more as a comfort than anything else. Have tried taking it away 'cold turkey' but she cries as soon as we put her down in her cot as she knows she doesn't have it and as a result, gets so distressed we have to give it back. Any help would be apprecieated. Thanks

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Mabel - posted on 04/25/2011

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Thank you Theresa.I just told my son the day he turned one that he was a big boy and he never asked for it again.

Constance - posted on 04/24/2011

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The way I broke my son was letting him go to bed with it and taking when he was asleep. Eventually he didn't want it anymore.

Theresa - posted on 04/24/2011

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I teased my kids about throwing it in the garbage because it was yucky. I started teasing about 18 month. Eventually each threw it away on their own. Between 2 and 2 1/2. The first few nights were rough, but I reminded them that it was in the garbage and all dirty and gross. They cried some the first couple nights, but it gets better after that. If you take it away DO NOT give it back. That just teaches her if she cries enough she'll get it. You could try taking her to the store and letting her pick out a new doll, stuffed animal or blanket to sleep with. Then she only gets it if she gets rid of the binki first.

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