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We would reasonably expect any broken sleep caused by the change to gradually improve over a period of a few days to a few weeks,’ Trent explains. Many of our customers have loved using this book together with one of our wooden fairy doors. The book can be read on the night that the Dummy Fairy is coming to your house and any time before or after that. Below are a list of ideas that can help you to wean your baby or toddler off the dummy and move towards independent living. You may also want to do a simple swap where you ask your child to pop all their dummies into a box, you then take that box and exchange it for a toy or gift of their choice.

Emma (Ready Freddie Go)– Freddie bit a hole in his and I told him it was full of germs and he cut it up! Been dummy free since! Alexandra (That Butterfly Effect)– We only used dummies between about 2-4 months with both our boys – we never agreed with the use of them but they helped on some occasions so we only used them sporadically. Ditching was still hard as both boys liked falling asleep with them. We went cold turkey and instead used a muslin cloth sprayed with breast milk in the corner of the cot to help them drift off to sleep – they both love sleeping cuddling their “blankeys” now which is so sweet. Sarah (Mummy Cat Notes)– Trying badly to go cold turkey but have given up many times, it’s been so hard this time around but it’s getting there.. I don’t think we will have dummies with our next one! Weaning off slowly Joanne (Winging Mamahood)– I started by cutting him down to just giving him a dummy for nap and bed time. When we had accomplished that step I took it away for nap time.. he overcome that and now we’re in the process of taking it off him all together! It’s worked a treat so far! Hayley (Very Mummy)– My second daughter has global delay, and we have found it harder with her to get rid of the dummy. We brought a pretty pot, and called it her “big girl pot” where we put her dummies in. This is how we weaned her from all day to just dummies for bedtime. She is 33 months and she puts her dummy in there every morning and takes it out every evening. We are working on the concept of getting rid all together but not quite there yet. My first daughter successfully dropped the dummy at 19 months and we used the baby fairy technique. Our verdict? What would be a suitable gift do you think? For me it would have to be something that can offer a little of the comfort that the soother provided. Perhaps a cuddly toy or teddy bear. The Dummy Fairy will be simply thrilled with the wonderful gifts your child has left for her. Like all good Fairies, she is sure to remember her manners and leave your little one something in return.

From 8 months to about 2 years you may wish to teach them to find and replace instead of taking away the dummy. It is a lovely skill to teach over the period of a week. If the dummy is causing problems, such as damaging your baby’s gum, you can replace it with another object that will serve as a soother but won’t cause damage. Try offering a soft blanket or a stuffed animal that your baby can cuddle instead of their dummy. These newborn essentials will provide them a much-needed soothing and comfort to aid the process.

Much to my personal dismay however, our children cannot stay babies forever. So the time may have come for the dummy to go. As that terrible day dawns, we set to wondering how we can perform this vanishing spell without breaking our little ones heart? Enter the Dummy Fairy

Asking your little one to give up their dummy seems such a terrible, but necessary task. But in this blog I am going to show you how you can make this milestone truly magical. Together, let us invite the Dummy Fairy to visit. I’m going to talk through exactly how to stage this tiny intervention in four easy steps.

Giving up the dummy can be difficult for a little one. Your Dummy Fairy set provides a sweet way for your child to gift their Dummy to the Fairyland babies and receive a reward in return. If you’ve waited until your baby is two years old or older, it may be time to go cold turkey on the dummy. Take it away and be prepared for some resistance. This is where you will need to show some tough love. It may take a few days or even weeks for your child to adjust, but eventually, they will learn to soothe themselves without the dummy. How To Establish A Good Bedtime Routine For Your Child With Baby Annabell And Sleep Expert Lucy Wolfe

A last note from ‘Elf and Safety

Our daughter would be the first to tell you she loves / loved her dummy. One was never far behind wherever she was. We decided sometime between 24 and 30 months we should try and stop using it, and first started weaning her off it. She got to the point where she used it for naps and bedtime only, as well as for long car journeys. It also came into play should she need the extra comfort in scary or upsetting situations. If something happened, or she was tired, she always used to call out for ‘Biggins (her comforter) and Dummy’. A dummy was also useful in taming toddler tantrums!

The challenge ahead may seem simple at first however, may babies and indeed toddlers become very attached to their dummies, some rely on them for comfort throughout the day, others may need them during naps or at bedtime and throughout the night. Many babies and young toddlers love their dummies and use them as comforters to help them settle and sleep. There are a number of approaches that you may want to consider. The important thing is to take your child’s personality into account and use an approach that your child can relate to. Need to wean your toddler from their beloved pacifier or dummy? Enter the dummy fairy! A magical fairy who takes your toddler’s dummy in the middle of the night and replaces it with a new special cuddly or toy. Create a colorful “bye-bye dummy” calendar. Whether you decide to take three days or three weeks, your youngster will appreciate the time to prepare mentally and emotionally.

For babies that love their dummy, it brings them comfort, and it’s likely with that comfort they can soothe, calm and drift off to sleep. Fab! However… as they enter the deeper stages of sleep, their muscles relax and the dummy is likely to fall out. Ok, so, what does this mean in reality? Typically, one of two things will happen, they’ll stay asleep (amazing), or wake (not so amazing). If they wake, it may be either immediately or after their first sleep cycle. If the baby doesn’t notice, great! It’s likely to be a helpful sleep aid. However, if they wake either immediately or soon after it falls out then we need to rethink how ‘helpful’ it actually is. If they usually use the soother to sleep, then you will need to plan for more broken sleep which might feel like the newborn days again! As a result, it’d be best to plan this change at a time when you have the time and headspace to be able to make this change.’ Together with your little one, take a little basket or gift bag on a treasure hunt around the home. Collect up all the soothers you can find. Practice your counting as you go.

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