How to ditch the Dodie


For a long time now I have been saying I want to ditch Matthew’s dodie. Back then I said to myself that I would do it once he turns 2. But this was also the time he became more attached to it. It could have been because his last molars at the back were cutting through and he needed something to comfort him. In fact the dodie is his comfort. Some children have an actual comforter teddy but Matthew is not in to teddies at all.

There are multiple ways to get rid of a dodie completely. Matthew turned 3 at the end of August and I think it is now time to remove it out of the house and just have baby Chloe using hers. I just hope he doesn’t get jealous and wants it back. This time I am going to be consistent about it.

I think the most obvious method people are using is the fairy (seen in one of Super Nanny’s episodes). You put all the dodies in an envelope and post it off to the fairy in a letter box. The next morning the fairies sent back the envelope with a toy instead. If you do happen to remove the dodie for you child at the moment and you think this might work for your child then have a look at this cool book. I don’t think this will work on Matthew so I have done some reading online about some other possible solutions.

As we are only 1 1/2 months away from Christmas, it would be brilliant to ditch the dodie at this time. My plan was that he gives the dodie to Santa. In fairness to him, he doesn’t use it much. He only gets it when he goes to bed and has to hand it back to us in the morning. I see children at his age running around all day with it sometimes so it isn’t that bad.
Anyway, I am going to get a little sack which will have all his dodies collected in it. I am going to put it out Christmas Eve in front of the chimney with a little note for Santa saying this is for the baby reindeers and as an exchange, he will receive a special little present Christmas morning. I haven’t decided what it is going to be, but if you have an idea, you can let me know in the comment section below.

This is going to be tricky because as I said above, he only uses his dodies only when he goes to bed. First night without it, will be Christmas Eve.

Have you recently ditched the dodie and how did you get on?

10 thoughts on “How to ditch the Dodie

  1. I couldn’t get around to give my youngest a dodie. She started off in the hospital because she wouldnt settle.

  2. Thankfully my little one never needed a dummy! I wasn’t willing to introduce one unless needed, purely for the fact I didn’t like the sound of weaning them off (my cousin had one until she was 7!!). I like the idea of leaving it for Santa though, fingers crossed it works for you! x
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  3. I am dreading the day we have to go through this. My youngest is 1 and he loves his dummy has it all day. my eldest never had one so I have no idea how to even go about this awful journey that will come to us one day.

  4. Haha he is too funny. I know he will kick up when the dodie is gone because he is just unbelievable lately crying about EVERYTHING and throwing himself on the ground. It’s as if he missed the terrible 2’s

  5. I think this is a lovely way to ditch the dodie Janine and I hope it works for Matthew. TL still has his dodie for bedtime but he doesn’t even stuck on it, he tucks it in under his lip and plays with it, I guess it’s his little quirk!

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