My son has a comfort habit (twirling MY hair) that i want to stop ... Help!

Justine - posted on 02/02/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son, 17 months, has a habit of twirling my hair to put himself to sleep. I have tried so many ythtings to stop this habit! Now it seems impossible!
He has jsut moved into his own bed (after co-sleeping for a while) and this has jsut been hell!
His bed does not have MY hair at easy reach...

So i would really like to have some help and ideas to break this bad habit of his, ill try anything, as i look foreward to him not needing my hair, and consequently sleepign in not only his own bed, but I get to sleep with my husband again!

HELPPPPP please! thanks heaps ! xD

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Justine - posted on 02/02/2010

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thanks for the replies! i was a little worried id be ignored and stuck to deal with this myself!
I will try the doll idea. sounds like a plausible idea. ... now to find a shop i can get a suitable doll!
I have tried to teach him to adopt another comfort habit bt that isnt working so well. Some days it does, some days not.

Seeing as people have read this, i have another question, Id like to know your opinion on sending your kids to school early ( i mean realllly early, like 2.5 to start kindergarten ... crazy right???)

Din - posted on 02/02/2010

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We're in the same boat and my son is already 2 1/2 y.o and still does it! At times, when I tell him not to twirl Mommy's hair he transfers on his own hair...but it takes awhile to put him to sleep. Lately, when he does it i tell him to hold my hand and it sometimes works. I truly believe he will get over it one of these days...

Jennifer - posted on 02/02/2010

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I have never had this happen, so this is just a guess, but have you tried putting a doll in his bed with him that has hair? You may want to wrap the doll in a shirt that smells like you. I have no clue if this will help or not. He is probably having such a hard time, because he is trying to get used to a new bed, and the one thing he has clung to to comfort him in a new situation is being taken away also.

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