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no more dummies!

16th March 2009

no more dummies!

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In NZ a pacifier is called a dummy. I’m not sure exactly why, but I think it’s because when it’s in the baby’s mouth he becomes dumb or mute. That’s my guess anyway.

On Friday Little Boy went cold turkey on his dummy. He is the only child I’ve had that used a dummy because the girls both sucked a thumb or fingers quite early on. Not quite sure how he got so attached to a dummy but he did. We’ve spent countless hours searching for a dummy at bedtime and I think we even made an emergency trip to the store to by one because one couldn’t be found.

I knew that with his birthday approaching it would soon be time to wean him off. I didn’t want it to impair his speech, which it most certainly was. My intention was to do it slowly, making it only for sleeping times. But Friday night it was bedtime and we couldn’t find one. They had been slowly going in the trash as he chewed holes in them so we only had one or two left. But after a half-hearted search on Friday Handsome and I decided that was it. We said good night and shut the door.

And the screaming commenced.

For about 10 minutes. Which isn’t so bad considering.

Then I noticed that on Saturday there was a lot less whining and complaining from him. I like that.

But yesterday ( Sunday) I had to put him down to sleep in the afternoon by myself because Handsome was at work. I think Little Boy knew that I was alone because he really ramped it up. Screamed a good 30 minutes, with me comforting him every five minutes or so. After practically falling asleep standing up he finally conked out on his bed, pitifully sucking on one of his fingers, kind of.

So. Looks like that’s one less thing to think about at bedtime! I’m just praying he doesn’t find any hidden away somewhere and then starts remembering the joys of  a pacifier.

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