Dummy- Saying Goodbye

I don’t know if there is meant to be a certain age for getting rid of a dummy… Maybe there is; I went along with what was gut feeling. It wasn’t easy, as we had a nanny who didn’t seem to want to play along, but I got there in the end- with the help of a fairy!

Stage 1:

My daughter had turned 2 and was going on 3. To me, 3 is beyond that babyish age and becoming more of a little girl, so I tried encouraging her to not use it. It worked to some extent, but when she was tired, she pleaded for dummy and I gave in.

Stage 2:

At Christmas, we went on holiday and stayed in a wooden chalet by the beach. As you can no doubt imagine, the chalet got full of sand, well so did the dummy! result? It split. Great! We had one more with us and one at home. I told my daughter I would not be replacing dummies from now on and if they got lost or broken, that was it. She accepted this (miraculously- maybe she didn’t think any more would get lost/broken?).

Stage 3:

When we got back home, I started withdrawing the dummy at key times- it disappeared as ‘Florence’ the fairy hid it. If my little one really wanted it, we called Florence, went really quiet and asked her where it was. We would wait and listen while she whispered in our ears where it was hiding. Sometimes, she didn’t want to tell us (when I thought she could do without).

The final stretch:

This worked fine, until I found the nanny (who was looking after her most of the day when she wasn’t at school) had bought a new dummy for daytime use. Why? As she couldn’t find the hidden one! I had told her the plan, but she either didn’t understand or didn’t want to.  I had to be firm with her too therefore and eventually, the last dummy disappeared.  Florence didn’t come again and I am relieved to say, all was well.


Tales From Mamaville


Lucy At Home UK parenting blogger

10 replies
  1. Sara @ Magical Mama Blog
    Sara @ Magical Mama Blog says:

    Oh I hope our transition goes this easily! Our daughter’s dummy practically puts her to sleep as soon as she has it in. I am not looking forward to the sleepless nights that will no doubt begin occurring when ours disappears. She’s 20 months and we have it down to only naps and bed time. It usually stays in her crib unless she’s having an unusually bad teething day or we’re on a plane. We’re waiting for the gut feeling as well!

  2. Lucy At Home
    Lucy At Home says:

    Oh it’s so tricky when you’re sharing childcare responsibility with someone else who isn’t on board with your plans, but I’m glad it worked out for you in the end #blogcrush

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