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There are different ways to approach stopping dummy use and it is your decision which way you go about it, however, once you have decided, it is important to remain firm and consistent with your decision in order for your baby to adjust to the change without getting confused.
As Christmas is approaching, consider this as a good time to take the plunge!
The most popular approaches often involve the use of a favourite character. The dummy fairy is a favourite. On the other hand, you may wish to involve a favourite toy character or holiday figure, such as Santa or the Easter Bunny. There are lots of fun ways to involve your child in the process. Start by explaining to your child that there is no longer a need for a dummy, and the dummy fairy or Santa will be collecting it and taking it to keep it safe, or to a magical place where baby fairies or animals are in need. You can make this process as fun and exciting as you like. With Christmas approaching, Santa or his elves may be about ready to collect your little ones dummy on Christmas Eve. You may wish to hang them on your Christmas tree or leave them out with a snack and drink for the big man and his helpers. A letter of thanks or a small gift from Santa or his elves will reinforce the experience and create a little distraction after the fact. Some parents cut the tops off their child's dummies or pierced a hole in the teats. Others made a slit in the end so that once the child found the dummy was 'broken' they soon lost interest.
You can also contact the local children's centre in Shefford for further advice and support.
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