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My son Caleb is 18months old. He uses a dummy in his cot only. He has usually a 1hr morning nap and an afternoon nap of 1-2hrs. He goes to bed at 7pm and settles himself to sleep with his dummy...only occassionally needing us to lie him down and put the dummy back in his mouth if he is standing up crying out for us. He wakes at approx 6am (7am on a really good day!). My problem is that he wakes several times some nights...standing in his cot crying out for me. I get up, walk to his room, lay him down, put the dummy in and he instantly goes back to sleep. I got a dummy clip which helped for a while but now he knows how to unclip this too. I am grateful that he goes straight back to sleep but I still get a broken nights sleep and am wondering what to do about it? Should I try to break the dummy habit now entirely and how would I do this? Or should I just leave him cry himself to back to sleep without the dummy??? As we are trying for our second child now I'd love to get this sleep problem addressed. Any help would be greatly appreciated smile Many thanks in advance!


Yes I would suggest that you do away with the dummy altogether it really sounds like it has become his cause for waking. Follow the settling techniques on <a href="">Your Baby’s Sleep</a> page or get a copy of <a href="It's time to sleep</a"">It's Time To Sleep</a> DVD & Book and follow the techniques for 6 to 12month old since Caleb is still in a cot, this will still work. I think you would benefit greatly from doing these techniques as well as getting rid of the dummy.

When using the settling techniques we say you can use the dummy to settle but take it out just before sleep comes, so it’s not the last thing they remember. I would like to see Caleb’s gone though. When I had to take the dummy away from my son I put salt on it every time he asked for it and told him it was yukky, he didn’t want it after a little while.

Regards, Maree

It's Time to Sleep

Thanks for your suggestions...I will give them a go and let you know how we get on smile
I am also trying to instigate some of your suggestions to put back his waking time in the morning. He used to wake at 6.30ish but in the last few weeks it has become closer to 5.30ish. Last night we kept him up until 7pm instead of 6.30pm and this morning were rewarded with a 6.30am sleep in......thanks smile

Best of luck, my 5 year old has gone from waking at 7.15am to 6.30am lately – it must be those noisy birds!

Cheers Maree

It's Time to Sleep

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