Gen­tly farewelling lit­tle one’s dummy days

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

Hadd in some lovely sleep cues and cut down the amount of time he uses the dummy. So have a sleep com­forter/ toy that is ap­pro­pri­ate and start to add that into your sleep rou­tine.

I can hear you say­ing: ” But he’s not in­ter­ested.” Just keep try­ing as the dummy is prob­a­bly his main com­forter, how­ever, when you take that out he will at­tach to some­thing else.

When you do use the dummy there is a range of tech­niques like start­ing to wean. Like when he is suck­ing to go to sleep, let him suck for 30 sec­onds then re­move the dummy from his mouth and gen­tly hold him un­der the chin. He will look for it but wait. If he starts to get des­per­ate, wait as long as you can, i. e. 10 sec­onds or more then pop it back in for him to suck. Re­peat the above again and again aim­ing for longer non- suck­ing times. At some point you may just give it to him to fall asleep and try the whole process again next sleep time.

Yes, go­ing to sleep may take a lit­tle longer, how­ever, you are start­ing to shake up on his suck­ing. It is no longer con­stant.

This is a gen­tler tech­nique than just re­mov­ing the dummy al­to­gether. Keep do­ing this for the next week or two and you will be sur­prised how he adapts.

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