Ditching the Dummies

Logan didn’t always use to have a dummy or even care about dummies, giving him one was my first mistake. For the first 4-6 weeks maybe of Logan’s life he didn’t have a dummy, he was a thumb sucker and my husband and I decided that rather than him get attached to his thumb and us not be able to take the thumb away we decided we would try him with a dummy instead.

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He took to it like a duck to water. It helped him settle when he was upset or hurt himself it was great. But fast forward to him being almost 18 months old and he still want’s his dummy and us trying to break him of having/wanting them.

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We made the move to have him go “Cold Turkey” yesterday morning. He cried screamed and threw tantrums for about and hour before he gave in to his nap, the afternoon was slightly better he lasted half and hour before falling asleep. Today was tough. Last night he came down with a cold and today I had doubt that we should carry on while he was feeling under the weather, but we decided rightly or wrongly we would carry on, after all we had started and didn’t want to undo yesterday’s hard work. This morning Logan decided he didn’t want/need a nap and that was fine, he did however end up having his afternoon nap earlier and a lasting a little longer.

 Just look at that peaceful dummy free face…. I am glad we have made the move to do it now, because I do want them gone by time he turns 2! But I can’t help but sit here and wonder when will he have forgotten about his dummies and no longer care. The night times at the moment are so exhausting because he has gone back to waking up 2-3 times in the night and has lately ended up in our bed due to being ill. I feel drained and quite frankly Part of me just wants to give up and let him have his dummies for an easier quieter life, but I want to give him as much opportunity to talk and learn words as I can. He doesn’t have as many words as he “Should” but he does babble a lot.

I just want this process to be as quick as it was with the sleep training we did, but I get the distinct impression that my sin will not give them up without a fight.

In hindsight I would never have got him onto dummies but at the same time they have been life savers. As and when Matt and I decided to have another baby I’m not sure if we will introduce dummies or not, I think if we do I’d try to get rid of them before they turn 1!

Have you got rid of your child’s dummy? if so how did you find the whole experience? Let me know in the comments below or get in touch via social media, I will reply to everyone as I love connecting with you.

As always thanks for reading and until next time

Sam

 

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  1. Anna Brophy says:

    Hi Sam…oh the exhaustion!!! I feel your pain. I desperately tried to give my kids dummies, but weirdly, I had no takers. Suppose this is ultimately a good thing. I had a similar struggle ditching the bottle, however. I caved…many times. So well done to you! Don’t undo the hard yards you’ve already done…but if it gets too much, don’t beat yourself up and try again next week. My sister’s son ‘gave’ his dummy to the new puppies at his grandparents farm…or you could leave it for Santas elves…? (might be too far off) Good Luck. He is beautiful. Anna (@mummymuckups) #bestandworst

    1. Sam says:

      Thanks been so hard espcially as we have all come down with colds etc.

  2. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap) says:

    Oh hun I know the feeling. It is hard, Our girlie didn’t have one until she was ALMOST 2!! She copied her baby dolls. Currently she has it before her afternoon nap and when she comes home from nursery. It’s her comfort and not too much of an issue at the mo. She asks for it more but we say no. In the house and randomly not at bed time or during the night. I think you have done fab with Logan and I wouldn’t worry if he slips now and then. YOu do need to sleep!! Thanks for linking with #bestandworst and see you soon xx

    1. Sam says:

      Thanks this last week has been so hard with Logan being ill and passing it on to me. Sleep seems like a forgien concept at the moment. I’m just happy at the moment if I can go an hour without hacking my guts up. lol Ditching the dummies has kinda lost its priority at the moment. We’ll keepo at it and will get there eventually.

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