Best way to get rid of the dummy?

(32 Posts)
gemloving Thu 14-Oct-21 11:47:42

We left it late due to convenience but I really noticed the gap between my sons teeth this morning (he'll be 3 in January) and it actually made me feel like a shit mum because I caused this. I'm quite sure his lisp stems from that.

How did you do it? What's your success story? X

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gemloving Thu 14-Oct-21 11:48:13

* it's only for nighttime, he doesn't have it during the day.

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Lazypuppy Thu 14-Oct-21 11:51:07

We did dummy fairy.

Got dd to put her dummy in a special box then went to bed, and then nezt morning there was a present from the dummy fairy.

Took about 3 nights of tears and then she was fine.

You have to go cold turkey

ElspethFlashman Thu 14-Oct-21 11:54:39

I did it the cowardly way!

We said nothing, and snipped it with a pair of nail scissors.

When they noticed, you say oh that happens, you probably bit it in your sleep, don't worry.

They lose interest after a while.

So we never actually stopped them, they stopped themselves because they weren't working.

That said my eldest has an oral fixation and we did end up buying him Chew Buddies as he was chewing his clothes to bits. But that's not typical.

twirlinginthesnow Thu 14-Oct-21 11:55:32

Dummy fairy both times at a similar age to you. Dummy in a bag by the child then back up to the bedroom later to find dummy replaced with a toy of their choice (a cuddly one so they could cuddle in bed in place of dummy). Then cold turkey. Bin them all!

No issues either time.

EsmeeMerlin Thu 14-Oct-21 12:03:09

We got rid of ds1’s when he was 18 months old and just chucked them
in the bin and he went cold turkey. He was a little fussy for about 2 days but soon got used to it.

Theforest Thu 14-Oct-21 12:09:20

Mine put it on the Christmas tree for Santa to collect and give to newborn babies. And a gift in return. Worked fine.


Fallagain Thu 14-Oct-21 13:16:25

Dummy fairy and cut the teats and put them in the bottom of the wheelie bin so you aren’t tempted to give them back to him in the middle of the night.

HollyBollyBooBoo Thu 14-Oct-21 13:18:23

Dummy fairy! Also used nappy fairy and bottle fairy.

Wave them off in a pretty gift bag for the real babies in the World. They weren't ever mentioned again.

Rno3gfr Thu 14-Oct-21 13:23:10

Don’t worry too much about the teeth. I took my son (3 in December) to the dentist yesterday and he said that, although ideally the dummy usage would be reduced, that it’s not a big problem for baby teeth.

GoodnightGrandma Thu 14-Oct-21 13:24:12

We had about 3 or 4. When we were out we would ‘lose’ one, I actually put it in the bin, until there were none left.

agirlnamedjen Thu 14-Oct-21 13:28:57

DD was around 18 months when we got rid of hers. We gave ours to the dummy fairy, we made a fairy garden outside and I hyped it up loads for a couple of days, read stories etc then we got up one morning and I said "let's give your dummies to the fairies today, they might leave you something to say Thankyou".
She Put them outside in her fairy garden then while she was eating her lunch I snuck outside and swapped them for a couple of sticker books and a new toy. She was so excited to see what they'd left. She asked once for it that night and I reminded her about giving it to the fairies, she accepted that and has never asked again. Good luck!

notacooldad Thu 14-Oct-21 13:29:06

DS1 dropped his dummy and I deliberately stood on it and said ' oh no, it's broke. It had better go in the bin. HE was upset for a short while but in all honestly it was something I wished I never started. I didn't let DS2 have one as he didn't need it either.

FuckmyHead Thu 14-Oct-21 13:32:19


Mine put it on the Christmas tree for Santa to collect and give to newborn babies. And a gift in return. Worked fine.

This is what worked for us also (after the dummy fairy failed), Dd got an extra special present and a soft cuddly toy to sleep with and that was it dummy was no more.

Alicesays Thu 14-Oct-21 13:33:18

It was traumatic when DC gave the dummy up at 3, I have to be honest. She wanted a particular toy so we took it in and gave all the dummies to the sales assistants in exchange for the toy. We started prepping her a few days in advance saying that we had to give them to the new babies. The told her the sales assistant would give them to the new babies. She was happy as a clam until bed time and cried for them for three nights, it broke my heart, and hers. But she did get over it and it was the right thing to do for teeth and speech. Good luck.

JollyHostess Thu 14-Oct-21 13:33:58

Yes to Father Christmas. He arrived to collect them at the front door when DC were in the bath and always left a little toy.

I'm quite staggered at my elaborate lies looking back 😂

Alicesays Thu 14-Oct-21 13:34:22

I would recommend getting rid of every single one in the house, out of the house. If we had any left I would have caved and given them back to her.

Billandben444 Thu 14-Oct-21 13:35:33

We also snipped away at the last one until in the end there was nothing to suck!

FuckmyHead Thu 14-Oct-21 13:36:15

We did build up to it in the lead up to Christmas so she knew as such what was going to happen

AlphaJura Thu 14-Oct-21 13:39:17

Dummy fairy. My ds was similar age to yours, he only had it at night from age 2. He put it in the hedge outside and the 'fairy' left him some money to buy a treat. He coped with it fine. He's now going through at (age 15, but started at 13) extensive orthodontic work to correct crooked teeth and overjet sad. Had to witness hun having 2 heathy teeth pulled to make room for the braces to work recently. I'm sure the dummy caused it. I didn't let my girls have one after the trouble it caused him.

AlphaJura Thu 14-Oct-21 13:41:23

I think the 'it's broken' or lost thing works quite well aswell. I said to dd, when all the teats break on the bottles, I'm not buying any more because they're for babies. She coped just fine.

Twizbe Thu 14-Oct-21 13:41:46

Dummy fairy. We did it the December before he turned 3 in the January.

One morning he put his dummy under the tree. After preschool the dummy was gone and a present in its place. He didn't bat an eyelid

brewstoo Thu 14-Oct-21 13:44:12

After being traumatised by DC1 screaming for a night with the cold turkey approach. We did the gentle method with our other DC. We put it in a box near the bed. If they got it out the box then we didn't mention it, if they didn't we made a huge fuss. It took about 3 or 4 weeks before they just forgot about it.

MonkeyPuddle Thu 14-Oct-21 13:44:26

Snipped a slot in the year, made it much more effort to suck on it and he lost interest couple with me saying ‘oh they must not work on Big Boys’ after a couple of days I just binned them all. He did ask for them for a week or two but was never upset by it, I just reminded him that they don’t work for big boys and made a fuss about that.

Wagglerock Thu 14-Oct-21 13:50:33

We just went cold turkey, bit of fuss for a couple of days and that was it.

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