How do you stop a 4 year old still wanting a dummy?!

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Elaine - posted on 03/18/2009

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How do you do this when they are just one? Mine has hers just for sleep, but I think its time she gives it up, esp as when she does wake in the night she is crying for the dummy if she cant find it. She seems a bit young to rationalise with about dummy fairys. Any ideas ?

Emily - posted on 11/13/2008

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My daughter and I put her mimi's (dummy) in a little gift bag and hung it on the tree Christmas eve night along with the milk and cookies. I told her Santa needed them to give to other little girls that needed them. When she got up in the morning Santa had left her a Dora bike and a note in the gift bag telling her thank you for sharing her mimi's. She asked one time for them and I told her if we got the mimis back we would have to give the bike back. Not a word since.

Kerri - posted on 11/13/2008

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My daughter gae hers in a nicely wraped box to Santa. Santa had a present for her in exchange. ( I had wraped a movi and given to santa before she sat on his lap) Every time she watches themovie she says it is her movie tha Santa gave her when she gave him her paci. She never missed them.

Dawn - posted on 11/12/2008

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you have picked the right time of year my boy was abit younger than this when we got rid of his we said he had to give them to santa for the new babys we put them in a envolope and all that and on christmas day he opened a preasent he hade wanted for a while from santa with a letter from santa saying thank you for the dummys and the new babys would love them and if we saw a baby with a dummy the same after i said look the new babys are useing the dummys he loved that and it made him feeel more growen up and not a baby any more he still tells people how he helped the new babys now just remember to get al the dummys we found them under th bed and in some funny places were he hade hid them

Claire - posted on 11/12/2008

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My husband gave my son a dodi, pacifier, dummy (whatever) when he was a couple of weeks old. When I fell pregnant second time I knew we had to get rid of his dodi before the baby came along or he would keep it until she had outgrown hers (she never had one in the end!). I told my husband that seeing as he gave it to him, he had to take it away! He told him that the dodi fairy will come to take it and give it to new babies as well. The biggest thing is to get rid of all dummies in the house then when they whine you cant give in. He had forgotten about it by the next day. Going to sleep at night was his worst time for it, but just reinforce your story and dont give in. A bit like controlled crying for routine sleeping. My son and daughter still sleep 12 hours every night and neither of them suck their thumbs. Good luck! ;0 )

Jen - posted on 11/12/2008

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A pacifier? Well we told our daughter the D.D.(her name for it) fairy was coming and put it in the window and left her a small gift. Our son, we cut the tip off and he said it did not work and threw it away!

Samantha - posted on 11/12/2008

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My daughter gave hers up when it broke (thank to my cutting the tip). I had explained to her that when it broke we would have to throw it away and she could pick out something else to cuddle with. So when the day came she put it in a little box and we threw it away. Then we went to the store and she picked out a toy. My son gave his up when they all got "lost". We could not find them so that was it!

Julie - posted on 11/12/2008

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we were in the mall one day and stopped a young mom w/a stroller and my son gave his passie to the baby cuz the baby would need one. The lady just smiled and totally knew what we were doing. My other child dropped hers down the crack in the elevator and we never got a new one! She didn't miss a beat. Each child is different!

Lucy - posted on 11/12/2008

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we told our little girl that the dummy fairy was coming to get them when she was sleeping (same as tooth fairy) and that she'd leave her £1 per dummy (to our suprise she found loads and cost us a fortune) she hasn't looked back since even thiugh she saw her baby brother with one.

Barbara - posted on 11/12/2008

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Again if you mean a Pacifier, This is what my sisters did. My eldest made it restricted to the bed. With only one Paci she nipped the end so it wouldnt hold air he lost interest. My younger sister Told her son that on (pic a signifigant event) that you throw all the paci's in the yard before bed and the paci fairy comes and gets them for the new babies being born.

Sandra - posted on 11/12/2008

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If you mean a pacifier, take all away except one and when it is lost do not replace it, he will loose it, (or you can loose it for him) it may take a day or so but he will get it over it. My son was almost 4 and we had to loose his--he is 14 now--he survived :)

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