My 8 month DS2 has had a dummy since about 4 weeks and it's been a godsend. But I'm now trying to encourage him to self settle (not controlled crying but leaving him to snuffle about a bit and then hopefully go to sleep). Up til now I've been stroking him to sleep at 7pm and for night wakings but I need to stop the night wakings as am back to work and can't cope with no sleep!
My problem is if his dummy comes out I need to put it back in for him. Do I drop the dummy and accept that means a week of hell for all of us, or do I just accept he will continue to wake in the night, need it to go back in, and then maybe need a bit of a rub? Basically is dropping the dummy the key to a good nights sleep even if the short term is awful?!
I had exactly this . I bought a thing called a sleeptot. It is a cuddly rabbit you attach the dummy to. It is amazing. They can find it themselves and its a cuddly toy all in one. So much better at sleeping now. I wondered about dropping the dummy but its her comfort. I put her down awake after bed time routine and she might cgat for a bit then sticks dummy in and falls asleep It obviously falls in and out throughout the night but she very rarely crys for us. Sleepytot honestly the way forward xx