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I was just wondering what is the best age to get rid of the dummy and the best way to do it? My daughter only has it when she sleeps. I have tried to take it away once before but my daughter just seemed so depressed with out it. I would really appreciate your help.


Posted anonymously, 14th March 2014


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  • A friend of mine told their 3 year old she had to give her binky to Santa. It seems to have worked so far


  • When my daughter was two and her pacifier was getting too worn, I didn’t want to get her a new one because I wanted her to stop using it, so I simply told her that the pacifier was broken and that I had to throw it away. She accepted it easily and never made a fuss. I was quite surprised at how easy it was – I had expected more of a tantrum. Give it a try and see how your child reacts.


  • Has she given it up now? A lot of people say have an open dialog and get themmto throw them away. My daughter threw hers at us one day and never looked back


  • There is no set age, she will give it up in her own time, make it something exciting for her.


  • I waited a really long time to get rid of my lo’s dummy. I would have liked to have taken it away before he was 2 but only managed to do it a few months before he was 3. He was only having it for sleeps but once my 2nd child took a dummy big brother wanted one all the time. One day he wouldn’t give it up when he was awake so I took it off him and told him I was going to throw it away. He saw me throw it away, cried for 10 minutes then went on his way. He asked for it for a couple of day but he didn’t really care. It was a lot less traumatic then I was anticipating. Good luck I hope you have an equally good experience.


  • Great question my son is the same, he is fine sleeping without it with my parents but at our place he really wants it. :


  • I don’t know how old your daughter is I am guessing she may be old enough to replace the dummy with something else to comfort her at bed time. I suggest you snip it so when she sucks it is flat and she won’t want it because it is broken. Let her dispose of it to the trash bin. Take her shopping for something big girls take to bed. Let her make a choice of something and it will be her special bed time snuggle comfort.


  • Tell your child to give it to santa at xmas timw :-) and that santa will see shes a big girl now and give her lots of big girl presents


  • You need to set a goal with this one as it is very hard. Make sure you talk to her and tell her that another baby now needs it and in return the easter bunny or santa or tooth fairy will leave something special , so she will get and extra gift. Do not worry how she is feeling as it will save you a lot of money down the track with teeth issues.


  • Asking her to swap it for something else she wants will usually work. Or a visit from the dummy fairy is a good idea.


  • after she is asleep, take it off her then and put it away


  • give it 2 the dummy fairy in exchange for a toy


  • Some mothers have cut the end off and kept snipping it shorter and shorter until their was no dummy left.


  • there are some good comments here


  • How have you gone with this?


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