Friday, February 3, 2012

Getting rid of the dummy

By Bec,

Savannah is 2 years and 10months and loves her dummy. We had it to the stage where she was just having it for sleeps and she was happy with that!  I always knew we would have to get rid of it eventually, but wasn't quite ready. I just had a week of leave from work, and Savannah was on leave from childcare so I thought now would be a good time as if she went to bed late at least she didn't have to be up early in the mornings.

My son gave his dummies to the Easter Bunny.  He must have been 3 1/2 years old.  We talked about it and how the baby bunnies need it and that the Easter Bunny would leave him HEAPS of chocolate!  So he happily left the dummies out in a basket the night Easter Bunny comes and went to bed well without it.  He was so excited the next morning when he had heaps of chocolate - and went to bed really well without it that night too. The next night however wasn't so great. He was very distressed and asked hubby to ring the Easter Bunny to bring them back.  We rode it out and that night was the last he ever asked of them!

Savannah on the other hand isn't going so well. The first night (Monday) she cried and cried and cried, and eventually went to sleep in my bed with hubby at around 10.30pm.  She never once asked for her dummy, but wanted either Mum or Dad to lay with her.  The second night she was so so tired from going to bed late the night before and fell asleep watching TV around 5.30pm. She slept for about 1.5hours and then woke up hungry and inconsolable.  I let her get up and have some dinner and she layed on the couch with me and we watched Young Talent Time and some of my shows.  Around 9pm I took her to bed and I layed next to her and read whilst she whinged a bit and eventually went to sleep.  I really didn't know what to do. She doesn't know how to get to sleep without her dummy. And part of me thought, just give her the dummy and she will be straight to sleep. But the other part said the longer we leave it the harder it will get...and we have already had 2 really really bad nights, may as well continue it!

The third night she cried from around 8-8.30pm.  Then fell asleep.  She then woke up around 9.30pm and cried and cried and cried and was quite unresponsive to us.  The fourth night she cried for about 5 minutes, then went to sleep - oh yay we are getting somewhere we thougt.  But then about an hour later she woke up again unresponsive and inconsolable.  The week continued along much the same way - she would cry herself to sleep and may or may not wake up -and maybe inconsolable and unresponsive.  We didn't know, is it dummy related?  Is she unwell?  But then it finally dawned on us - we think it's night terrors.  All the signs fit! So not really sure if it's related to her dummy or not! Possibly overtired - as she is also cutting out her day sleeps!

But we are now 7 days down the track - she is on her 8th night with no dummy!  She has never asked for it and is so proud to tell everyone (Grandma, Grandpa, childcare staff and friends) "I'm a big girl, I don't need dummies, dummies are only for babies".

I took her to the shops and bought her a "big girl present" - her choice!

I'm pleased not to have to buy dummies anymore, and Savannah's teeth will be thanking her!!

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