View Full Version : Weaning a child from sucking her blankie
Apr 13th, 2011, 03:29 PM
My 2.5 yr old has been sleeping with her blankie pretty much since birth. She sucks on it to help her fall asleep, and also throughout the night. The corners have discoloured, even with washing, and we're thinking it's probably making her cough and get sick. Does anyone have any ideas on how to wean her off it? She doesn't carry it around with her during the day, just during bedtime and naps at home (she doesn't sleep with her blankie at daycare).
Apr 13th, 2011, 03:53 PM
Do it cold turkey, just toss it in the trash and do not look back. It will be brutal the first couple nights but then you will be fine and wish you did it sooner. Be prepared to not get much sleep those nights and work with your spouse on staying firm. It is best for your child in the long run even though it will be very challenging.
Apr 13th, 2011, 04:04 PM
:arrowu: I would have to agree with above. If you are concerned about her getting a little bit chilly, get her into a sleep sack in the time being. Once you feel that she has past that point of needing the blanket to sleep, re-introduce a new one.
Apr 13th, 2011, 04:50 PM
Your toddler is more than capable of falling asleep on her own. The fact that she doesn't need it at daycare is proof-positive. I agree the cold turkey method would be the most effective and efficient if you'd brave enough to do it. Maybe cut out a nap on a Saturday or Sunday and wait till she's super tired that night and try explaining it to her then?
Apr 14th, 2011, 11:08 AM
Cold turkey seems harsh to me. She's relied on her little blankie her whole life - it's her security. Anyway, we sprayed it with vinegar last night. She didn't want it and even made a disgusted face when she smelled it :lol: Hoping this is our answer. Now on to potty training...