Tonight is DD's first night without a dummy and it's been hard work.
DD is now 2y 8m, and has only had her dummy for night time sleep for about 18 months or more now, and never during the day unless ill to start with. But as she has been a bit poorly over Christmas she had it to help her with her mid day nap a bit. But as she got better she kept asking for it and it ended up causeing two or three tantrums/strops with her. So we decided that it needed to go - full stop.
So tonight, as first night back from being away over New Year, we thought w'd give it ago. Oddly when going to bed, .ater than normal due to very late nap in car on drive home she actually said she was a big girl and didn't need her bed pants or dummy anymore. Okay. So she didn't have either. To start with all was well as she read her dolly a story, etc.
Then after about 10 minutes she asked for her dummy. We said we'd left them at unlce's house as she was now big girl. Talked about being a big girl and all the good things it means, and about a nice treat for being such a big girl tomorrow. OK.
Few minutes later - tears, more tears and a bit of a tantrum. Treated it a bit like CC with the leaving for extended periods - 2 mins, 3 mins, etc.
All has been quiet in room now or about 15 minutes. Dare I go and check her? Is she asleep?
If so, first night has taken a good half hour or more for her to settle. Part of it might be the changes in routine too, but mainly dummy I fear.
Will tomorrow be easier - for her and us? Did feel mean but trying to keep focused.
Good luck HB (DS is nearly 9 months and sucks his fingers so I don't have the dummy issue - the fingers issue can be dealt with at some far-distant point in the future!). Hope she's soon swayed by the 'big girl' benefits
Hula, if its any help, we did this a while ago (but with dd2's bottle rather than dummy) and it went well for a night and then we had a bit of a battle for a week - but it all sorted itself in the end, I'd expect her to be a bit clingier in the day and to be prepared for that, good luck x E
DD went to bed at 7:30pm as normal. She did ask for a dummy but I just said we didn't have any. I reminded her that she was a big girl yesterday and slept without one, and of her chocolate star chart treat we have for the morning. We then had a bedtime chat (rather than story) and I left her. 10 minutes later she was asleep
At about 9:30pm she woke ina nightmare - tears, scobbing, screaming, scared. Took a while to settle her - out of the bedroom. But she went back to bed around 10pm, settled after a drink. No asking for a dummy at all. She is again fast asleep.
Keep at it, HB. We ditched ds2's dummy the day after his 3rd birthday (beginning of December) and I was dreading it but it was actually much easier than anticipated (easier than you've found it - no major crying sessions at all). But I would definitely stick to your guns - ds2 hasn't mentioned his for about 3 weeks now and I am so glad he's not got it any more.
Hulababy, I'm reading your posts with interest as ds1 is 2y9m and still has his dummy at night. Kept putting it off due to moving house twice, plus new baby in between. But I'm starting to feel we should sort it out soon.