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My bub is obsessed with her dummy, but I’d really like to wean her off it. Do any mums have any suggestions for how to do this? Thanks.

Posted anonymously, 9th April 2015

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  • My daughter loved her dummy, she had it until she was nearly 3. I didn’t want to get her to get rid of it prematurely, before she was ready and end up thumb sucking and pushing on her teeth, which may lead to buck teeth, which is what I had.

    After 2 we tried to restrict it to nap times and night times and then as she neared 3 we started to talk to her about how babies need them and maybe she didn’t need it any more as she was a big girl.

    As we lost or she chewed through them we didn’t replace them and one day she decided that she didn’t need it any more and handed the last one over.

    I left it for a few days and then threw it out. She asked for it once or twice and we reminded she she decided she didn’t need it any more so it was gone.

  • My son adored his dummy too. I started out with every intention of not letting him have one, but when I saw how it soothed him I buckled. He had it at night time until he was three when he gave it up after a few readings of ‘ The Last Noo Noo’. Why do you want to stop it? So long as your baby doesn’t have it all the time I don’t see the harm, and it’s a little bit of comfort and pleasure for them. By the way my son is now a teenager with straight teeth. A wise woman ( alright, my mum) once said to be you don’t see too many teenagers still with a dummy, so why stress it?

  • I started with saying its for night time, and say you a big girl and gave her a special cup and toy… and start saying, new babies needs her dummies, maybe we can send them off to the baby fairies, and when she is ready get all the dummies and attach to big balloons and send off.. give rewards for when she sleeps and goes without her dummy and try and let her soothe herself at nap time without it. GOODLUCK

  • It may sound mean but I put a drop of lemon juice on the dummy. (Just one) so that when they wanted it, it would taste bad :-)

  • we left all our dummies out for father christmas to give to the poor babies who didnt have any dummies

  • First off we cut the teet, next we gave to santa for christmas which resulted in no issues at all. Good Luck!

  • take all but 2 dummies.
    1 to go to sleep with and 1 for through the day when she demands on but put something bad tasting and smelling in order for her not to like it as much or just remove all dummies except a sleep one

  • I have 2 children they wer both around 2 when we decided it was time to give up the dummy. We had it planned that it would go under the christmas tree for Santa to take to another baby that needed it more, it worked a treat & they were so excited they got a special present just for the dummy. I also made it only for night times up until it was time to give to Santa.

  • My eldest son was 18mths when we decided to get rid of his dummy. We started by only giving it to him at bedtime & if he chucked it out of the cot he didn’t get it back. When he stopped asking for it during the day we took chucked them out (so we couldn’t cave in) & stopped giving him milk in a bottle. That way he no longer associated sucking with soothing. My youngest is 20mths & he is taking a little longer. I think he’ll have the dummy for at least a couple more weeks.

  • Why? At 14 months your child is still a baby, if she gets comfort from her dummy then let her be, I had 3 children, all loved their dummies, my boys got rid of them by about 2, we simply told them that they were for bedtime only and they were put under their pillows each day, sometimes when they were tired they would sneak down and put themselves to bed sucking on their dummies, their sister had a dummy until she was 5, yes 5, she also had a bunny rug that she called gug, however she did get ill at 3 and required a major operation, which had to be repeated 6 months later, resulting in the loss of one kidney, she was hospitalized for a considerable time, I spoke to her surgeon who was the chief surgeon in the childrens hospital about her dummy and gug, her advice was to encourage her to use it as it would provide her more comfort than any amount of pain relief that the hospital can give her, she also learnt that dummies were for bed time and she would keep it under her pillow, she stopped sucking it at about 4 but used to go to sleep holding it. I have never met an adult who still used a dummy and if they have a dummy they don’t suck their thumbs!! I would let her go, encourage her to pop it under her pillow each day and simply use it when she wants comfort. She will eventually give it up when she is ready.

  • We posted ours to a relative to dispose of told our kids that they were too old for there dummy and it had to go on holidays it worked

  • I have 3 kids, but only my first, my son, used a dummy. My 2 daughters wouldn’t take them, haha. I just took it off him before he was 12 months and luckily had no issues. I’ve heard of other parents cutting the dummy up and saying it’s “yucky” now and putting it in the bin. Maybe you could try something similar? Or maybe make it an event, like she’s grown up and is now too old, and have some sort of goodbye dummy ritual thing? Haha. Good luck! Hope the whole process is not too painful. :)

  • My 1st son was about 3 before he finally understood that they were for babies and we made him chuck it out himself. My 2nd son was around 1 when he decided he didn’t want it anymore if no more bonjella was going on it lol

  • I tried to limit the dummy to only bedtime & then at 2years of age my son traded his dummy for a Batman suit. It worked out well & he never asked for it again.

  • My son was dummy obsessed as well. I started by keeping him occupied with other things and only using it for sleeps, and then one night just pulled it out of his cot after he had fallen asleep. He woke looking for it and realised it wasn’t there and it never went back. He was a bit unsettled for a couple of days at sleep times but it was a habit much easier to break while I could easily distract him with something else.

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