Last weekend we decided it was time for her to give up her beloved dummy and so decided to do it in stages.
Step 1: Only for 'Sleep Time'
On Saturday morning when she woke up we went into her room and explained that she had to leave her dummy in her cot because from now on it was only for 'sleep time'.
She quite happily put it down onto her duvet and left it there. That was easy...helped by the enticement of breakfast waiting downstairs.
That was a week ago to the day and she has been amazing! The first day or two she asked for it a couple of times but we explained it was in her bed and she responded well. The only time she really wants it is when we are in the car and when she is getting tired and grouchy before her nap.
Step one has been a complete success so far. We no longer have to ask her to leave it in her cot, she just does it herself now. Now we just need to decide when to stop 'sleep time dummy'. That, I think, will be a little harder. Perhaps we will have to use the 'dummy fairy' approach à la supernanny