We did it! No actually he did it. Mini diched his dummy last night, just like that. I asked him if he thought that it was time to go and he siad yes and off to bed without one he went and slept though the night. he is an utter star and I am so proud of him.
I admit that I feel like a mummy failure for leaving it so long, especially when Maxi didn’t have one after turning three. There has always been some reason for me putting off the inevitable. I was in hospital, recovering, mum’s death, mini having a cold and so on. The truth was I was putting it off as I couldn’t face the thought of a sleepless night or tears from Mini. When I broached the dummy fairy, he told me that we could just go to the shop and buy some more.
So I bottled it, I went down the easy route and made sure that he only had his dummy at night time and concentrated on the fact that you didn’t see any fifteen year olds with dummys in their mouths!
We all have colds this week, coupled with chest infections, so sleep wasn’t all forthcoming at all, so well, why not try and get rid of the dummy. Do it on a Saturday night and then MadDad can always let me have an afternoon nap and help me out. I thought it would be tough, hard work. But my boy proved me wrong, it was easy, he is a star.
Yay! Well done Mini. I gave mine up when I was six so he beat me 🙂 well done him xxx
Liz » I never had one, but I was a long term thumb sucker
Fantastic stuff! What a star.
Denise » he really is, I was very proud
Glad he did it, please send your luck our way, tackling Car next month!
Barenakedmummy » hope it goes as well for you
Your Comments What a little star – the timing must have been just right. I bet he’s proud of himself now. Juliex
Julie » he really is, he bought himself some tomica car track
Well done Mini! So glad it was a much more pleasant experience than you were dreading 🙂
geekmummy » sometimes we build these things up
No need to feel like a mummy failure at all. You’re doing a great job!
Rosie Scribble » sometimes it is hard not too
its tough! I did it too, several times but finally for the last time a few months ago.
Maria Jose @verybusymama » good for you and little M
smart mummy not traumatising him and trusting one day hed be ready x well done you
becky » you are so right, although I think I parent by benign neglect!
I’ve also found that if you put something off long enough they often do it themselves. I was avoiding toilet training until DD came home from nursery one day and took off her nappy. “No nappy, knickers” she said, and that was that – wouldn’t even wear a nappy in bed that night. I think we may have stumbled upon a whole new genre of parenting whereby they bring themselves up.
Midlife Singlemum » oh I am all for benign parenting. I did the strait to the loo child led toilet training too. I wonder if it is down to us being older mums?
I was worried when I did it with my oldest but the dummy fairies came and he was fine. I have to do it with my strong willed little one, not sure it will be quite as simple. Glad mini was a star x
Susan Mann » yep mini is the strong willed cocky one too
Your CommentsAnd the next problem is: the thumb sucking daughter aged nearly 10! I can’t throw her thumb away, alas.
I think children are much suckier than we think, my 11 nearly 12 year old still chews things incessantly (his homework diary, assorted figures, and his collars alas)
Well done – and don’t feel bad about having the dummy for so long, he probably needed it for as long as he had it.
swanbythelakeside » I wad a thumb sucker, which is one of the reasons I do not have issues with dummy’s. Sucking is a natural pain reliever and confortor you are so right