Do you have a toddler that loves their dummy? Do you feel that maybe it’s time that they give up the dummy? Maybe weaning your toddler off the dummy is proving difficult. Fear not! I have a system that you can use to ditch that dummy, r
Let me start by reminding you of something important
Please remember this one thing – you are your child’s mother. It is your choice when you are ready to dump the dummy. It is not up to your mother, your sister, your friends, the Mums at the school or the nosey neighbour down the road. Do not do this because of Mum shaming, do this when it is the best time for you and your child.
If you are reading this, chances are you really are wondering when is the best time to lose the dummy. The truth is, the dummy isn’t doing any harm until it is acting as a literal plug to stop your child from starting to speak. If you feel that they are using other means of communicating such as gesture and grunting rather than attempting the words that they should be trying for their age, I’d recommend limiting dummy time to sleep time only, or weaning from it altogether.
So how can you get your child to give up the dummy
There are 2 main strategies that I would suggest, have a read and decide which would best suit your child.
Option 1 – The Stealth Gradual Withdrawl
Oh that sounds fancy and exciting doesn’t it? The truth is, it’s a title that I made up for a very basic strategy that goes like this;
Every time that your child puts the dummy down, hide it.
Option 2 – The Dummy Fairy
The dummy fairy is the thing that really swung it for my daughter when it was time to give up. I explained to her that when she was ready, she could leave her dummies out for the dummy fairy one night and the dummy fairy would bring a present of her choosing. We talked about it and she decided that she wanted a Baba Pink from Cloud Babies. A bit random, yes, but that’s what she wanted.
So “The Dummy Fairy” ordered one immediately from Amazon prime and hid it until she was ready. Every day I asked her if tonight would be the night that she’d get her precious Baba Pink. Every day she wanted it, but not as much as her dummies. One day, she declared that she was ready, left her dummies out and was delighted to have her new toy in the morning.
The following night, she asked for her dummies, I reminded her that the Dummy Fairy had taken them to give to other babies and she was ok with it.
So give these methods a go
And let me know how you get on. I’ll keep everything crossed that you and your little one breeze through this transition when the time is right for you.