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Initial post: 14 Oct 2013 12:58:07 BDT
B Rudrakumar says:
I have a 4 year old son who using a dummy to fall asleep. I have tried the dummy fairy but it hasn't worked as my son using the dummy to sleep and when it is bedtime he cries the house down for it. I've tried santa and the Oxfam adverts on tv to encourage him to give the dummy's away but no success. I have a 8 month old baby whose sleep is disturbed by the older one when he screams for the dummy. Has anyone got any other tips?

Posted on 16 Oct 2013 15:28:09 BDT
S. Kloos says:
I had pretty much the same problem and the only thing that really helped was asking my son when he would stop using that dummy, addressing him as a person rather than a child. He named a date (his 4th birthday), I marked it on the calendar and as the date approached, he put all his dummies in the bin. I don't think tactics, things you read in child development books or other things people who think of children as scientific objects came up with, helped. Tried them all. Bribing him also did not work, nor did begging, some made-up story about some fairy or other things. As with any other addiction, the person itself must want to quit. And what does it really matter? It is better if he uses a dummy than his thumb, that is what I kept telling myself. He will stop sooner or later, as soon as he wants to.

Posted on 16 Oct 2013 22:33:46 BDT
B Rudrakumar says:
Thanks for that I will try it as his 4th birthday is coming up soon.

Posted on 18 Oct 2013 13:04:47 BDT
G. D. Buxton says:
I saw on a program once, I think it was 'super Nanny' she had a shelf of gifts (toys) and the child gave up the dummy for a gift. If she asked for the dummy back she let her but she also had to give up the toy which had to go back on the shelf, it took a little time but the child soon learn it was better to have a cool toy to play with than a dummy.
I do not know if this would help in your situation as it is bed time that is the problem and the last thing you need is to give a child a new toy at bed time. Good luck, and though your situation is a little different than mine I do know what you are going through.

Posted on 9 Nov 2013 00:08:17 GMT
K. Greenwood says:
christmas is comming persuade the child to leave the dummies out for santa in exchange for presents,
it worked a treat for my niece and my granddaughter

Posted on 11 Nov 2013 13:14:44 GMT
B Rudrakumar says:
Thanks for everyone's advice - in the end the "dummy fairy" along with the Oxfam adverts worked.

Posted on 20 Nov 2013 02:17:49 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2013 10:03:15 GMT
clodaghsmum says:
I swapped my sons' dummies for a gift they really wanted. Both chose a special toy, handed over the dummies and never asked for them again. Perhaps you could combine the birthday/gift idea with your son.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2013 10:11:27 GMT
B Rudrakumar says:
thanks.

Posted on 11 Dec 2013 22:05:45 GMT
Debbie says:
My granddaughter is 2 1/2, and my daughter wanted to get her to give her dummy up, we used the same technique as I used with my son, and both times worked a treat! She loves fairies, so we asked if she would like to give hers to the baby fairies that needed one. She wanted to do this so we went for a walk in the woods, (or park) and put it older an old tree, as fairies only come out at night, she knew she wouldn't see one, but by the time she turned around, there was a present for her, her favourite Disney character, and a thankyou letter addressed to her, which we read out to her. She was very proud, and was telling everyone where her dummy was. Good luck.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2013 04:57:46 GMT
Mel piper says:
I took my son to a toy shop. Told him that he could pick any toy in the shop and the man would swap it for his dummy. Of course I warned the shopkeeper in advance what I was going to do. On the day we walked into the shop and said he had to give his dummy in exchange for a toy. Saying he was quite happy with that past over the dummy and received his toroidally went home. That evening of course she woke up wanting his dummy I just sent to him remember we gave the dummy to the shop keeper and he gave you a toy in return. And never asked for it again.
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Posted on 21 Jan 2014 21:27:30 GMT
How do get a five year old autistic boy off the dummy? Tried all of the above didn't work. Fed up mum!

Posted on 22 Jan 2014 01:59:35 GMT
Josefina says:
I have four children all who sucked their thumbs. My husband refused to let me give them dummies. This thumb sucking carried on at night until they were teenagers. Two of them had to have orthodontic treatment due to thumb sucking. Having a dummy is preferable. There is a children's farm in our local where the famer allows the children to give their dummies to the baby animals - a lovely idea.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2014 13:57:18 GMT
when my daughter was little I told he that if she would do without her dummy for 2 weeks then I would take her to the local toy shop to choose something up to the value of 10......................it worked a treat!

Posted on 25 Feb 2014 10:39:29 GMT
Our neighbour has twin girls, one was ok about not needing a dummy but the other was totally against losing it, at the age of 3 because we had our little one, they used our boy as a way to get them to give the dummies up saying he needed them being a baby and would they mind giving him their dummies, worked very well, they also got a gift for giving them up, never been a problem since, no idea what we are going to do, though we don't at the moment use a dummy and I fight every day with teh teething to take his fingers out of his mouth, when he gets a bit older and can pick a dummy back up himself I think we will use them, but until then a dummy is just a nightmare as they push them out with their tongue then cry cause they lost it, just bought a teething glove as that seems a good middle point
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