How long will it take my 2 1/2 year old to get use to no dummy?

Natalie - posted on 04/02/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )




We have decided to get rid of dummies for our son. He only ever has it to go to sleep with.He had 3 to begin with but one after the other they had holes in them so we have thrown them away. The last one my son put in the bin himself but now it is a real struggle to get him to sleep. He use to be so easy to put to bed but now he no longer has a 3hr nap in the day, he has no nap. At night he just cries for ages till one of us lies down with him then he will fall asleep. How long will it take for him to adjust to no longer having the security of his dummy?


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Jamie - posted on 04/02/2011




My SNL had the most brilliant idea for this. Her son was hooked on them. After his two year birthday she started with cutting the tip off of them. Not a lot just a little. After about a week she would cut a little more off. And so on. He wasn't getting the same satisfaction from it as he was before and eventually he just gave it up. And there wasn't a lot of crying and screaming because in the end he made the decission to give it up. Hope this helps!

Elizabeth - posted on 04/02/2011




Get rid of it cold turkey and in 2 or 3 days it will be as if it never existed.

Jodi - posted on 04/02/2011




My daughter was about 3, and we had issues for a couple of nights, and then that was it. She gave her dummies away herself, so she understood, she just missed them. We just helped her choose a cuddly toy to take to bed instead :) That seemed to do the trick for her.

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We took away our twin girls pacifiers about 3 weeks before their 2nd birthday. It took them about a week of minor adjustments at bedtime before they were comfortable w/out them. They also had each other for comfort though. But.... they quit napping. I resorted to driving them to sleep every day for 6 months straight before we dropped the naps.

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Hmm I never really had an issue with the dummy when I took it away from my daughter. It may be a sort of an attachment issue where he needs it for comfort. I'm not sure if it will be of any help, but perhaps give him something else that he can have when he goes to bed? My daughter has a donkey plushy that she sleeps with that she loves. It is usually (not impossible but) difficult to get her to sleep without it. Does he have a favorite blanky or something that he could use? I'm not sure what other Moms do but this worked best for me. Otherwise he may eventually forget about the dummy completely and it will stop after a while? But until then it would have to be a bit of patience. Good luck!

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