I have always had concerns about using a Dummy – not really sure why (refer to Dummy or not to dummy?). But yesterday at Family Day Care Ben went to sleep without his dummy (YAY to Trudy his Family Day Care Mum). So I thought I would use the opportunity to get rid of the dummy. At Ben’s bedtime I showed him a broken dummy that he had chewed. His comment was “Oh no…….. Tiny!!!”. He did attempt to put it in his mouth and then proceeded to have a tiny grizzle. To my astonishment Ben went to sleep without any problems. He did stir a couple of times in the night looking for his dummy and he did wake earlier than normal at 6.30am. But….. YAY to Ben for being such a big boy about it!!! Good job!!!
Well…… a couple of days later it all turned ugly. I should never be over confident. Ben went down for his afternoon sleep a little cranky. He started to grizzle and before I knew it he was screaming crying like I had never heard. He was jumping out of bed screaming. I would put him back to bed and he would scream again. I rang Andrew and put the phone in Bens room to share the screaming. We both agreed that the dummy was coming out of retirement. Andrew says he could still hear the screaming after I hung up. Ben sucked on the dummy about four times and was fast asleep. He will give it up when he is ready. Better luck next time!!!