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15/07/2014 at 14:47
S hasn't needed his dummy to go to sleep at night for a while now, few months maybe? So if he does struggle to settle at night I try to persevere without it by lullabies, mobile, ssshhing etc and it always works. Same for if he wakes up in the night too and again, it's working.
He has two naps a day, morning and afternoon and a couple of times recently, he's gone down without his dummy for the afternoon one so now I'm wondering if I should ditch it altogether? He's 9 months and all the advice I can find online about weaning off the dummy talks about older children who you can explain it to and reason with. Has anyone ditched the dummy this young and can offer some advice?
His morning nap is difficult, he won't settle anywhere other than his own cot so I'm wondering if I should just leave him with it for that nap and work on the afternoon one, based on the fact that he is napping later in the morning, for less time and I'm thinking he will drop that nap in the next few months anyway. Or if I'm going to do this, is it all or nothing?
I don't want to distress him and I don't want to resort to CC or anything like so would you try it, and if it doesn't work - try again in a while? How long would you give it at nap time if he still hasn't settled and is crying? Half hour? Is that too long?
Any advice appreciated!
15/07/2014 at 14:56
I think it needs to be a gradual thing at a young age. I may be wrong, but i don't think they really remember much at their age, so phasing it out might be easier than it sounds. If he's already going down without the dummy for some naps, then i would take to putting him down in his cot for his naps without the dummy, but maybe place the dummy in the cot so that he can find it? Would that work? W's dummy tends to live in his cot (we don't let him take it downstairs) which works well for us. But he's just recently started to take a dummy, and i'm pretty sure he wouldn't be fussed if he had it or not.
16/07/2014 at 04:16
I went cold turkey with E at about 4 months as she used to throw it out her cot (and I mean literally chuck it across the room!) and I got sick of scrabbling round in the dark for it! She was never really that fussed about it anyways! She was a bit unsettled a couple of nights but then was fine after that. I'm dreading having to take A's away though as it helps with her reflux but I know I'm going to have to soon. I'm sure I read in the baby whisperer book about removing it once they're asleep so they get used to sleeping without it or something but then I can't remember how you go from that to getting them to sleep
Without it. Sorry, that's not much help is it?!
16/07/2014 at 09:46
Haha, thanks for replying MamaD. S spits his dummy out when he is fully asleep so I know he can stay asleep without it. I think he needs it more as a sleep cue, rather than anything else, if that makes sense?
He went to sleep yesterday afternoon and last night without it so I think I will stick to my plan of not using it for the afternoon nap and try my nighttime tactic of sshhing, lullaby etc if he cries and see how we go. If he really cries though I think I'll still give in rather than risk him getting upset whilst he's still young.
Thanks both x
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