Three steps to help your baby (older than 8 months) to use her dummy independently at night:
At about 8- 9 months old you can expect your baby to be using the dummy at night independently. If your baby is waking you to put in the dummy at night, there are three steps to help your baby (older than 8 months) to use her dummy independently at night:
Each time she needs the pacifier during the day, put it in her hand – not her mouth. She must pop it in her mouth on her own.
Once she can do this in daylight hours, it’s time to let her do it at night. Each time she cries at night put the pacifier in her hand and she must pop it in her mouth. Be sure to always offer her doodoo blanky first.
Once she can put the pacifier in in the dark, guide her hand to it when she cries until she can get it on her own.
Put lots of pacifiers in the cot so she finds them on her own.
Leave her to fuss for 5 min before responding – giving her chance to sort herself out with her doodoo or pacifier.
By Meg Faure