how do i take my 2 year olds dummy off him?

Hayley - posted on 09/13/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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im tryin 2 get his dummy off him but its really hard ... any tips ??

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Cindy - posted on 09/16/2009

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Have you heard of the dummy fairies..well there faireies that come down to earth once a child is 2 and goes around the house taking dummys and they replace the dummys with a special toy where the dummy was placed. when you little one wakes up he will find a toy instead of his dummys and a little note saying " thanks for the dummys, we really need them in fairy land" Tell this story to your little one, a few days before you start, go shopping together to find special little boxes that you both can decorate to put the dummys in. And have a special little party (maybe a cake) on the night you scatter the boxes around the house.. when you little one is asleep swap the dummys with someone they have always wanted. (spend as little or has much as you) it is a big occasion. Make a big fuss on the morning they wake up.. good luck if you try it!

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Paula - posted on 09/24/2009

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my son lost his dummy so i put him into bed and told him to start going to sleep while i looked for his dummy after asking if i found it a couple of times he finally fell asleep and he will get a little toy or treat tomorrow

Darci - posted on 09/23/2009

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My daughter was 2 1/2 and only had her plug at naptime and bedtime. Initially, we "gave" it to her new baby cousin who lived far away when we went to visit. She was perfect without her plug for a week while on vacation, but I forgot to take the one out of her bed. So, she found it when we arrived home. I tried to talk her into mailing it to the new baby, but there is no fooling her, she's too smart! So, after a week of waking up crying... I decided it was because her plug was gone. So, I gave it back and used a different method a couple months later.

I ended up cutting just a little bit off the end every couple days. Finally, it was littlerally about an eighth of an inch big, and she said, "Mommy, it's broken." And, sure enough, it was broken. So, we needed to throw it away and be a big girl. She's been GREAT since. She does love her "favorite yellow blanket" and her stuffed puppy very much, but no more plugs for my oldest.

I got rid of my son's plug at about 5-6 months, and he didn't even miss it. I am going to try the same thing with my newest daughter who is 4 months old. We'll see if it works; she's pretty attached when she's tired. But, she doesn't keep it in all through her naps or at night.

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I took my son's suckie away shortly before his 2nd b-day. Mostly, you have to wen them from it. I started by taking it away during the daytime, so he had it only at bedtimes. Once he was used to that, I started to take it away at nap time, and it was difficult for about a week for him to get used to it. Once, he was used to that, I took it away at bedtime. It took about a week or so before he could settle without it. I got him a new toy that was only for bedtimes.

Sian - posted on 09/22/2009

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My daughter is 2 1/2 and still has a dummy. Think about why you want him to stop using it. Read up on this topic as you might find some infomation that shows dummies are not as bad as some want you to believe. Remember, your job as a mother is to do what is best for your son and your family. If it's very upsetting for him maybe it's not the right time. Good luck.

Stacey - posted on 09/22/2009

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I should also add that I had alittle trouble with taking it cold turnkey but my friends didn't have any problems. I'm still glad I just got it over with & they are gone! Cold turkey!

Stacey - posted on 09/22/2009

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patience! Our son is 3 and he just dropped the habit. It broke at daycare so they tossedd it. She had my son toss it inthe trash & thank goodness fo rthat because although he asks for it (went on for 2 weeks) - once I ask him where it is - he gets that it's in the trash & not coming back. It's so hard but you just take it & don't turn back.

Lindsay - posted on 09/16/2009

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These comments have helped me too. My daughter is almost 25 months old and I have tried to take her "Guks" away. It worked well for a week. She would only ask for one when she took naps or went to bed. That was untill I let her spend the weekend with Nana. I picked her up that weekend and she wouldn't let it go. Now I need to get nana on my side and tell her that it's time to give them up! We just got a puppy and the puppy gets ahold of them. I show my daugher that it's all chewed up and we throw it away. Eventually there will be none left. Now.. how do I get nana to play along?

Jessica - posted on 09/16/2009

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alot of the moms are right just take it from them. i did that with my first child. now my second is 3 months he sucks his thumb n hardly ever uses a pacie dont know how im gonna break that yet lol but all in good time.

Jenn - posted on 09/15/2009

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my son started to get ear infections and his dr said it was from his dummy so they went in the trash, cold turkey.

Karen - posted on 09/15/2009

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My daughter left her dummy under the christmas tree for Santa on christmas eve, she was two and a half so she was willing to give the dummy in exchange for a special present! We visited Santa a few days before and he told her he would make sure he gave it to a special baby. It worked great, with christmas being such a busy time and people visiting, routine can become a little relaxed so when it came to bedtime (dummy time)she was too busy showing everyone what a big girl she was.

Alicia - posted on 09/15/2009

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We had a hard time with this with my daughter's (her 'binkie'). We had actually broken her of it, but then went through major attachment issues with her to where I couldn't leave the room to go to the bathroom without her breaking down let alone leave her with family for a date night. She came down sick & we gave in again as it was comforting & I needed to get some sleep (I'm pregnant w/ #2) The attachment issues stopped almost right away, so to me it was a comforting thing & my husband & I decided she just wasn't ready. A few weeks ago she started chewing on it, so I had to throw it away (She's 23 mos now). When we got to the next one & I would see her playing/chewing on it I would tell her that if she didn't stop I would throw it away. This would temporarily stop, but one day I caught her doing it again & I said let me see it & saw she had put a hole in it, so I showed her, and said it's 'broken' to which she said 'oh no!' & I told her we had to throw it away, but I handed it to her & had her throw it away & she said byebye binkie! She only asked for it twice after that, so we reminded her it was broken & we had to throw it away....NEVER have had an issue since & its been 3-4 weeks now! She's old enough to understand & I guess ready to give it up.

Iensauf - posted on 09/15/2009

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hi there, that just sounds like Im gonna have one big headache for a week at least, because I can hear my son crying for everynight, but I will cross that bridge just after his second birthday thank you very much, otherwise thumbs up to you moms that got it right.

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I always stopped them when they babies, Just took it from them. Lots of crying but they eventually do forget about it. But if he is old enough tell him that the pacifier fairy is coming around to collect them for all the babies being born and will leave you a big boy toy to replace it. (dollar store stuff) Have him help decorate the box with you and have him pick where to put the box. Help him to feel like a big boy and he should do fine.

Angela - posted on 09/13/2009

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honestly you are just going to have to bite the bullet and take them away. he will be upset for a few days but he will get over it. just tell him you need to give them to another baby since he is now a BIG boy. make a day of it and treat him to something special

Julie - posted on 09/13/2009

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I got rid of my kids on their second birthday. That morning I pulled out a special cardboard box and we ran around the house and gathered up all of the pacifiers. Then we put them in a box and "mailed" them to a baby because they were big kids now! If you are serious about doing it, cold turkey is the only way to go. Mine were over missing it within a couple of days :)

Jennifer - posted on 09/13/2009

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that is the first time I have heard it called that..lol..



that one is hard to break..I don't really have any suggestions..I just threw mine out and left no options for one..sorry can't be of much help there.

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