DS is 3 years and 3 months, loves his dummy. Generally has it at night time but he would have it more if I let him.
We are moving house at the end of the month – is it too much disruption to take the dummy off him when we move? Say new house, big boys bedroom, no dummy? Or should I give to the elves at Christmas (we have spoken about the baby elves needing the dummy).
3 dc who loved their dummy's. I had to just go cold turkey with bribes chucked in, nothing else worked. It was worse as the 4yr old would stash the babies dummies all over the house so she had one. She would hide 3 under her pillow.
I ended up just taking them away and buying her a small toy tat every day for the first week then she never bothered after that.
You've met him have it this long, why not let him give it up in his own time? Try and suggest the idea of new house no dummy, but if he is resistant then try again at Christmas. I think most kids are ready to give it up by the time they are 4. We gently tried many time with my ds, and lasted up to a week dummy free at times. Then finally he just stopped if his own accord at about 3 and a half.
We took DC1s dummy away a few months ago and he was fine after a couple of days - however we now have a battle getting him down for his nap. He doesn't ask for his dummy at all and he only had it for sleeping but he struggles to get himself to sleep in the daytime without it. I now wish I had left until he had dropped his nap!
He is 2 and a half - I think we got rid of the dummy about 3 months ago. He still very much needs a nap, and will eventually go to sleep (And I then have to wake him so as not to completely mess up bedtime). It's just a daily battle I could do without for the sake of a dummy that he only had for sleeping anyway!
I would say cold turkey - bit of a different approach but my SIL got fed up with her DC and their dummy so threw it out of the window while they were driving (DC was almost 7 at this stage so slightly different) lots of crying for a few hours but got over it quickly.
Moving house will be a big upheaval for him - best not to take his comfort away - TBH I think don't take it away at all - he will grow out of it in his own time. No hurry - it is not harming him at all.
Just to say my dd still had hers for bed at 7!! Perfect teeth and no lisp!! Ds 3.2 still has his for bed and the odd cheeky nap! He sleeps 12 hours a night - why the fluff would I risk unsettling that??
I would also wait until you are somewhat settled in your new home so it’s not too much change at once.
We used the “Dummy Fairy” approach with our 2.5 year old and he collected all his dummies and left them in a gift bag beside the fireplace at bedtime. Explained how the Dummy Fairy would come down the chimney during the night and take the dummies away to the babies. When he got up in the morning, the Dummy Fairy had left him a new ambulance toy (which he had picked himself from the Argos catalogue).
Don’t get me wrong, for about a fortnight he would ask for his Dummy at each bedtime or if he got upset but we would just remind him he gave them to to Dummy Fairy and got the ambulance toy in their place... he would remember and accept it.