So you may remember back in November I wrote a post called Ditching the Dummies where I talked about how my husband and I decided to have Logan go cold turkey and how it was hard because of illness in the house.
Well after I wrote that post both myself and Logan came down with the Flu, Well I had the Flu and Logan had a bad cold. So we decided to let him have the dummies and we would try again later. My Flu last right through to christmas and only cleared up just before the new year.
After writing a post on Sunday Could This Be The Start Of The Terrible Two’s? I decided that I wanted to get rid of the dummies before the tantrums get into full swing.
I’ve had a lot of mixed opinions regarding this subject with some people telling me that Logan’s is still really little and that we should just let him have the dummies and that there is plenty of time, while other’s have said to do it sooner rather than later. Until now I didn’t realise how much controversy (if you like) there was as to when the right time is to get rid of dummies.
For me personally I’d rather do it now while he’s young enough to forget all about them in a few weeks or days than to wait and let his attachment to them grow and him be able to ask for them. If I’m honest while it isn’t easy it hasn’t been as difficult as the last time.
We started Monday night and Matt said it was a stressful evening because Logan cried and woke up a couple of times while I was at work. Tuesday day was interesting as he’s been down to one nap for a while now but has like taking it around mid morning. Well as he didn’t have his dummy he didn’t nap or should I say didn’t want to nap which was fine. I thought that’s it you ware yourself out. So after lunch he became so tired that it was just tantrums and screaming and then there was lots of laying on the floor crying followed by him deciding that a cuddle with Mummy would be quite nice and he fell asleep for a good couple of hours. Minus his Dummy! When it came to bed time I was told he was much better and only cried and got up once. That was it till midnight when Logan thought I was a good time to get up have a cuddle in our bed and start his day. (We were not Impressed).
Today has been better in terms of how he has dealt with not having his dummy but not in terms of my stress levels. AS he did yesterday he was tired but didn’t want to sleep without his dummy which meant tantrums and crying until he fell asleep on my shoulder. Now even though this was slightly better than yesterday it felt miles worse because I have had no sleep at all and was beyond tired myself.
Tonight on the other hand has been brilliant….Matt told me that Logan had a little whimper as Matt left the room but that was it. There was no crying or getting out of bed.
I’m hoping that tomorrow will be better but we will see. I don’t know how long it will take him to realise that he can nap without his dummy.
What are your thought’s on when to take away the dummy?
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