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Old Mar 2nd, 2017, 19:01 PM   1
sunnydee
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Taking pacifier away


Everything I've read for getting rid of pacifiers is all aimed at 2-3 year olds who understand giving them to fairies or Santa etc. I really wasn't planning on my LO having it that long but now he is 18 months and it's becoming a sleep issue when he can't find it during the night so its time to go!
Any advice of how to tackle this with the least amount of heartache and sleepless nights 😩 he only uses it for sleep anyway so the only issue is how he will fall asleep without it



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2017, 04:53 AM   2
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My son was 22 months when I took his away, I snipped a small amount off the top and he spent 10 minutes, sucking it briefly, giving it to me, taking it back and repeating that, after the 10 minutes he gave it to me and didn't look for it again, he didn't even look for it at night and it had gotten to the point where he had it in his mouth 90% of the time.



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2017, 06:51 AM   3
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We did it right at 2. I think it depends really on how much your LO can understand. Personally, I think it was much easier that we did it at an age where our daughter could understand what was happening. We told her for a few days in advance that she didn't need it anymore and it would be going away soon and she understood that. Then one night we got ready to have our bedtime cuddles and I explained that dummy was gone and she had her milk and then asked for it like she usually does and I just said it was gone and we would cuddle longer instead. She did get upset, but we just had a cuddle and then eventually she calmed down and was ready for sleep. I think she asked for it at bedtime for maybe the next night or two and her sleep was fairly disrupted for about a week. But then it was fine. After about those first few days she never asked about it again even when she woke up during the night. After that week, she slept great. I think prepare yourself that you will have some tough nights, so do it at a time when everything is otherwise smooth sailing - no teething, no illness, everyone is well rested, go to bed early yourselves, etc. But really it wasn't a big deal just going cold turkey and was much easier than I thought it would be.



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2017, 10:45 AM   4
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Yes we have been talking to him about it for the last few days, he understands a lot so I might just cut the tops off and tell him they are broken and get him to throw them away. Then if he asks for it I can say remember you threw them away cause they are broken? His sleep has been really disturbed the last week anyway so I think it's a good time to just get it over with! Wish me luck!



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2017, 11:20 AM   5
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I so wish I was brave enough. My two are addicted to theirs and I don't think I'm strong enough to deal with both being up all night crying for their dummy. They will probably still have them at school



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2017, 13:13 PM   6
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I know I'm so afraid of the first few nights but I'm hoping it will be easier now than it would be when he gets older!



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2017, 13:20 PM   7
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Sending you every bit of luck!



 
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Old Mar 3rd, 2017, 16:44 PM   8
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Yes we have been talking to him about it for the last few days, he understands a lot so I might just cut the tops off and tell him they are broken and get him to throw them away. Then if he asks for it I can say remember you threw them away cause they are broken? His sleep has been really disturbed the last week anyway so I think it's a good time to just get it over with! Wish me luck!
My son is quite delayed in general understanding so had no clue but he discovered himself that they weren't good anymore and I think that happening helped, rather than just telling him. Good luck, I hope it goes well!



 
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