Published on May 3rd, 2017 | by Tae0
Quitting The Dummy – Toddler Tantrums!
My youngest is a few months shy of 2 years old, and has been the only one of my children to have a dummy. She’s been my most difficult child so far, so to say I was apprehensive about taking the dummy away is an understatement!
So, we’re one week into no dummies. We went cold turkey, I just decided she wasn’t going to have it anymore. The whole experience has been a lot less traumatising for her than I thought it was going to be. She’s been a bit upset, obviously, but it’s nothing like I would have thought. She doesn’t tantrum at night, though she takes a hell of a lot longer to fall asleep, but after the first 3 days she stopped asking for it completely. Nap times have been harder than bed time, she really struggles to nap without her dummy but we’re both powering through.
To be honest, I do feel bad for taking it away. She absolutely adores them and hasn’t gone to sleep without one practically since she was born. My reasoning was that it started to drive me crazy, which makes me feel a bit selfish. Two years spent slave to getting up every few hours to return a lost dummy and probably over £100 down the drain because she’d only take the expensive brand (thanks, kid) and I’d just had enough. She’s taken it like a champ too, so I guess I’m feeling guilt for no reason!
My tips for quitting the dummy would be;
- Cold turkey
- Once you do it, don’t go back, not even for nap time!
- Extra comfort, more cuddles
- Let them choose a sleepy buddy, mine chose Dinosaur from Peppa pig
- Parents, be patient! Probably the hardest thing to deal with. Hang in there!