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Posted 1:54 PM on Mon-6-Aug-2012
Hi,Need help I have a 2 year old and she just wont give up her dummy we have tried everything from a dummy fairy needs it for the new babies at the hospital ,to cutting a hole in the top so she wont like it but nothing is working please help :)Thanks to all of you that made comments I feel alot better knowing I`m not alone :)
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GoMummyJo - 9:53 PM on Mon-6-Aug-2012  
As a parent of one thumb sucker and one dummy sucker, take it from me, you've got the better end of the bargain with your child having a dummy - you can't throw away a thumb!

Don't make a big deal of it. Let her do it in her own time, it'll eventually get lost and just roll with it being lost. It'll take a few nights to get used to not having it.

With Pocket, hers got so grotty (because I wouldn't replace it) that one day I said "ew, that's so yucky, needs to go in the bin" and what do you know - in the bin it went - on her own accord.

She was 2 1/2.
MumBum - 9:20 PM on Mon-6-Aug-2012  
Maybe you could try replacing the dummy with something else like a soft toy as thecoffeelady said she got? Or you could strike a bargain with her that if she gives up her dummy and doesn't ask for it again, she can have something she really wants for a reward? Or if it is really hard to break the habit and deal with the fuss, you could always negotiate that from now on she only has the dummy at bedtime and no other times at all, that the dummy has to stay in her bed and is taken out of her mouth when she gets up in the morning, then try to wean her off it with the replacement idea once she is only using her dummy at night time... good luck, I can imagine how difficult it must be!
SarahK - 9:16 PM on Mon-6-Aug-2012  
i would recommend choosing one option, and sticking with it, not matter what.
With my eldest, her dummy just 'went missing' one day. We spend a little time 'looking' for it, but it was 'gone'. She was a little unsettled that night, had another look for it the next night, but was fine after that. I also replaced it with a cuddly toy (well one that she had been given a few weeks before so she could get a bit of an attachment with it first).
If you keep changing strategies your daughter will learn you give up eventually, and she can get what she wants. in this case, her dummy back.
thecoffeelady - 3:18 PM on Mon-6-Aug-2012  
How long have you tried for? I remember giving my dummy away at about three years of age and I got a stuffed toy as a replacement. I think like most things it takes awhile for them to adjust. If you gave it to the dummy fairy you can't expect her to forget about it overnight it may take a week or so, good luck!

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