6 month old addicted to her dummy
Jess Asks, my baby sleeps with her dummy…
My 6 month old has had a dummy since birth, we just decided to get rid of it in the day, and after some grizzling she is self-settling for her naps, but I am too scared to try at night.
She isn’t fed at night, I just put her dummy back in around 11pm-1am and again a few times between 2-3 am.
She is formula fed and having solids 3 times a day, her day looks like this.
7-730 wakes up 8am bottle with a bit of farex afterwards 9 am sleep, for 40min- hour Midday bottle with a bit of fruit after 1ish another hour nap 4 pm bottle with a bit of dinner
4.30pm nap 630 bath bottle 730 bedtime.
My first thoughts are to ask Jess if her and her Partner are ready for this change, and that is the key component in weaning any night time habit such as a dummy, or rocking or feed to sleep. If you are not in the right head space and mentally ready to make this big change, you will give in at the first grizzle at bed time. Then we are looking at the dreaded inconsistent reinforcement.
When you are ready, I suggest cold turkey taking the dummy away overnight and adopting the same approach you have used in the day as this has clearly worked and suits you as a family.
Looking at her day routine, I feel she might be getting a little over tired between nap 1-2 depending on how long nap one is, and the bottle looks to be quite close to her nap, check she is not feeding to sleep in lieu of her dummy being gone.
She needs around 2.5-3 hours’ sleep in the day over 3 naps, so despite mum being worried she won’t nap for more than 1.5 hour’s if she does that once and two 40 minute naps she is doing well.
Since she is 6 months now I would also suggest moving onto some more substantial foods such as vegetables and meat and moving away from baby rice and onto whole foods such as millet or oats or rice.
Have you tried to get rid of your babies dummy and succeeded?
your baby is older than 6 months and you want to keep your dummy, try a sleepytot instead.
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