Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:33 PM
DS is 27 months, and has been a devoted dummy sucker since he was tiny, looking back I sometimes wished that DH had not gone to the hospital chemist on day 3 and bought the first darned one, but it did soothe him and probably gave me plenty of good nights' sleep that I might not otherwise have had.
We've been wanting to get rid of dummy for a while now, and have taken small steps, first it stopped going to day-care and that was no problem, and then we started making sure it was handed over first thing in the morning and we tried not to allow him to have it again until bed time, although the little rat has learned lately how to climb up onto the kitchen bench and get it from the usual holding place in the afternoon or on weekends.
We had been working up to the idea of giving dummy to Santa in exchange for presents, and he seemed to be taking that idea on board, but on the weekend, he had a severe bout of dribbling, we think there might have been some molar teething going on, and he relied on dummy so much over the weekend that he ended up with an ulcer just under his bottom lip. So on Monday, we told him that he couldn't use dummy while he had a sore lip because it was making things worse, we took it away and have been applying mouth gel to dry up the sore (which is working well).
So Monday night he went to bed without dummy .. had his tiny bit of milk and after a couple of calls for dummy, went to sleep - yay! 1.00am and there is great crying and distress as he wakes to find no dummy. I spend nearly an hour patting and soothing until he goes to sleep again. Tuesday morning, one request for dummy when he got out of bed (he just loves to hold it while he drinks his milk, and have a suck here and there, it's an addiction!), I ignored him and just told him he had milky to drink.
One brief request in the car on the way home from daycare yesterday and a bit of a cry when I said he couldn't have dummy because his mouth was still sore. Off to bed last night, no dummy, brief request deflected, brief whinge session heard on the monitor about 3am to which I didn't respond, and NO MENTION of dummy this morning!!
I am finding it hard to believe that we might just be about to get rid of it forever! And Santa might not have to be the bad guy after all