A mum has taken a novel approach to helping her son give up his dummy.

According to the ABC, Sunshine Coast Mum, Grete Benson, set up a small ‘ceremony’ for her son, Joe Benson to actively give away his dummy habit.

“He waved goodbye to it off our jetty,” Grete wrote on Facebook, “he has been so brave.”

dummy boat
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Emma Jansen found the ‘ceremonial boat’ floating down a nearby creek and posted a picture of the boat and it’s contents to Facebook.

“There was a note saying the dummy belongs to Joe Benson, who no longer needs his dummy anymore, because he is a big boy.”

Emma posted the photo, contents of the letter and her own comment on Facebook, which said:

“Found this adorable letter floating down a creek on a little toy boat today. So sweet.  Absolutely made my day.”

Grete told the ABC that she has received some criticism for potentially endangering marine life and polluting waterways and confirmed that she was not planning on doing another boat ceremony for her other children.

“It is polluting the waterways which I live on and I love, and I won’t be doing such a boat ceremony again,” she said.

Image Source: Facebook\emmajansen
Image Source: Facebook\emmajansen

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  • I never had the pleasure of having to get any of mine to give it up but did have to deal with thumb sucking for one. Now that can not be thrown away. My grand daughter has to do without hers when I look after her but her parents still insist on giving it to her when she grizzles as it is easier for them. She is 17 months old.


  • A little one I know threw his twice in the toilet while was very sick so she retrieved it – it went straight in the bin —after he was settled back in bed. Fortunately she still had 2 good ones. He was warned that if he did it again it could go down the toilet and never come back. When it happened after he recovered she threw toilet paper over it and let him think it had gone – no more dummy. It too went in the bin but he didn’t know that. He sooked for a few nights then adopted his sister’s doll blanket to cuddle. Lucky his sister was about 4 years older and didn’t mind as she had others. He wasn’t told about the dummy disposal until he had kids of his own. He saw the funny side of it.

    • oh lol! that is a great comment! thanks for sharing that story :) mum’s have to think on the spot hey!


  • I think it’s a great idea. What a pity for all the criticism she got.
    My daughter used a dummy just a few times in her life, so no need to find a way for her to give up on the dummy.


  • That’s a bit cute. Still working on my daughter giving hers up


  • Lol that is so cute!


  • Threw it into the rubbish truck and waved bye bye


  • you could try wrapping it up and giving it as a pressie for grandma etc (for the bin of course ) or try to leave it out for the dummy fairy. give the dummy to a toy who needs it more.


  • What a very cute idea. Luckily my DS gave it up on his own around 9 months, he only had it for sleeps but he kept tossing it over the other side of the room when I offered it, so I stopped offering it and we never look back.


  • It was a very cute idea though. I was a bad mummy and made my daughter give hers up cold turkey. She was fine though.


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