Some time last week as I was scrolling through Facebook I saw a post from a girl on a ‘parenting & pregnancy’ type group saying that her nurse or doctor or one of those ‘knows what their talking about’ people, had told her that the ideal age to wean a dummy from a baby was 6 months – which got the ball in my head rolling.
Shameful confusion; I had my dummy until I was almost 8 years old! I was determined that Aidan wouldn’t be like that so I decided that then was as good a time as any to take it away from him. Although looking at it now I might suggest waiting until a baby’s first teeth have come because it is a source of comfort to them during that pain.
Anyway, I decided that from then on Aidan wouldn’t have his dummy unless he was going to sleep. Why going to sleep? Because Aidan currently falls asleep on his night time feed and to remove his dummy would have meant him re-waking and getting himself into a fit, leading to a major stressful bedtime. So until his routine changes, and he no longer falls asleep on his bottle I will continue to allow him his dummy.
They said on this post that it takes 4 days until the baby’s ‘cravings’ disappear. I do think the first 4 days were the hardest but as I mentioned above teething has made the last week a little bit of a nightmare so I can’t be totally sure.
Aidan doesn’t look for his dummy at all during the day anymore, not even at nap times. I put him into his pram and roll it and he gently ‘ahhhh’s’ himself to sleep. At bedtime he still takes his dummy but once he is awake in the morning it is gone for the rest of the day. He has taken to chewing on his thumb a bit but again I think that’s teeth more so.
It has been hard and I have been met with mixed responses ‘now is the best time when he’s not too attached’, ‘oh he’s very young’, and my personal favourite from my Mom ‘ah he’s been good all day without it let’s give it to him for a while’ – now you see why I still had one when I was 8!
Round up: In future if I had more children I would take it from them as close to 6 months but perhaps after their first teeth. It is hard to watch Aidan with his big red jaws, even though he doesn’t seem to be in too much pain.
Have you experienced binky weaning? How did it go, let me know in the comments.