Encouraging your toddler to give up the dummyNo comments
My daughter will be two next month, and the doctor suggested she should give up her dummy by her second birthday. I am a little apprehensive about this. Right now she only gets it when she is upset or going to bed. She looks forward to getting it and it has become part of her bedtime routine. I am afraid she will be unbearable without it. Any advice on how to ease her anxiety?
During the day, a dummy can prevent socialising, or just expressing oneself with words. But at night, it doesn't get in the way, and is a self-comforting mechanism.
However, if you do wish to take the dummy away, it's okay to use something as a substitute like a stuffed toy or doll or blanket. Jo Frost has successfully introduced the ‘Dummy Fairy' to many a home and this works a treat.