April 7, 2006

First steps to ditching the dummy!

Posted in Step 1 at 7:30 am by ditchthedummy

STEP 1 – Involve your Child 

Remember all the times your child whined or cried, and they were given the dummy / pacifier. They were programmed to learn that when they were upset this was part of the way they were comforted.

Now we are going to kinda "de-programme" them to thinking that they don't need this any longer.  Just think if you have to give something up you love, its not fun is it????

So as a parent you will have to take several steps to achieving this goal for your child. And I will give you my tips.

By the way, feel free to post any tips you used, or give feedback in how your doing with getting rid of the dummy!

Ok, on to our first step how to prepare your child for the inevitable.

Don't just turn up one day and snatch the dummy / soother / pacifier from their mouth or hand.

The trick is to make your child feel involved every step of the way and to let them feel that it is partly their decision too!

So sit them down, make sure you are at eye level with them, and speak softyl, clearly and slowly so they understand.

Simply explain that as they are getting older, now that they are a big boy or girl, etc you know how to speak to your child so use whichever term you feel appropriate and at ease with, that its time they didn't use their dummy pacifier all the time.

Don't say never, they will be told that in later steps.

Now you may be met by screams of "no" "no" "no" or tantrums and tears but don't make an issue of it, this is a good sign that they understood you and know what lies in the future for them and their dummy. 

You will re-iterate this point to them at least once every day, no more is needed, too much pressure on your child will not help achieve their dummy free life.

There is no set time scale in your task, patience is a virtue and you will need your patience as anger never gets the right results.

Simply follow my steps and you will see results.

Look out for step 2! 

take care Sally

http://www.sallys-ebooks.co.uk

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