ds1 (2.5) has given up dummy 2 weeks ago. have ds2(5 weeks) and ds1 decided dummys were for babys so i encouraged getting rid with sticker chart and a special present. anyway bedtimes are hell.read to him as normal and when i go he screams for me for ages. i keep going in and reassuring him etc but taking ages for him to sleep. dont know what to do. have tried bribing him and also giving a cuddly toy for bed. how did you get through this?? he hasnt been asking for the dummy though!!
He needs to learn a new way of settling himself to sleep. The routine you have is what you had before, I take it? But normally he would have the dummy?
Maybe he needs a new teddy to associate with sleep time. I started to just lie next to dd for a couple of nights, then sit on the floor holding her hand, then moved my hand further away etc, gradual withdrawel. Until she fell asleep on her own.
Took a while, but she soon started to settle herself.
yeah bedtime exactly what it was without the dummy. im shocked he hasnt asked for it at he was obsessed with it! At least thats something. i guess asking me to stay with him is reasurrance.. good idea of withdrawal of yourself! Last night i was at my tether! Was soooo tempted to go and buy a dummy and give it back! I know that wouldve been bad and glad i didnt. Just makes it so stressful when life with a newborn is already!
he has 2 cuddly dogs in his bed which hes had for at least a year which he likes but he isnt into cuddly toys.. never has been..dont know what to try, i even tried spraying my perfume one!
in sussex. Avent teat! Thats quite amusing! Tonight he went to bed ok actually!I bribed him, told him id get him a cuddly thomas the tank if he goes to bed with out screaming/crying and he did! Well.. wait for tomorrow night..
You could try an auto-fade light as part of a new routine? You can set the brightness then set it to fade out over 15 mins. That way you can read him a story, then leave him looking at a book for a bit and get used to you being gone, before settling down. My 2.4 year old still has his dummy but started demanding a light or else not letting me go. I think it was a fab investment.