The day I became The Dummy Fairy.

I told my child a lie.

A big bald-faced whopper.

I had to.

Here it is:

“Did you know that in Fairyland, the Fairy Queen is expecting? She is.

The baby Fairy Princess is about to be born but there is a huge problem. There are no dummies (pacifiers) in Fairyland. *GASP*  The Fairy queen has been looking far and wide for a special little girl who is nearly big to give all her dummies to the brand new Fairy Princess. (Manipulative? Me? NEVER.) These dummies will be collected from The Fairy Tree in the middle of the night by The Dummy Fairy, who will leave a special gift from Fairyland as a token of gratitude.”

Baby G is four years old and as far as I am concerned, these dummies are just not cool anymore. They are fairly hideous actually and I have to be honest – she really is getting too big, much as it pains me to admit this. Have you smelt dummy breath? If you have a dummy-addicted child, you know what I am talking about. Bleurgh. Also, the teeth. Not to mention the Dummy-induced speech issues (apparently a “guck” goes quack).

I’ve been spinning this (genius) tale for a few months now and hoping that she’ll come to the point where she volunteers to be The Special Little Girl who kindly relinquishes her stash of heroin dummies.

Well, a week ago, at bedtime, Baby G gathered up all her dummies and declared she was ready to give them to the Dummy Fairy. Suddenly, out of nowhere. BAM – just like that. Hubby and I were terrified. She was fine. We visualised nights of screaming. She visualised goodies from Fairyland.

Before bed, she wrote a letter to the Dummy Fairy and asked me to post it so that she would know to come (all together now: Awwww.)

Apparently the Dummy Fairy can read AND understand this. Thank GOODNESS, otherwise, HOW would she have known to come?

Good thing our backyard has a Fairy Tree for moments like this.

I thought this whole dummy-free thing would go pear-shaped, but, miraculously it didn’t. She cried a little, tried sucking on her blanket, my finger, her toes… nothing worked. Eventually, she went to sleep, frantically and pitifully sucking on her own tongue. I was so proud. Big lump in throat. As soon as she was asleep, Project Dummy Fairy began.  I had found a little gift box a few weeks before and had been collecting little bits and pieces in anticipation (I am never this organised. Never. I am even impressed by this) and set about getting her treasure box from Fairyland organised.

Dummy Withdrawal Kit compliments of The Dummy Fairy.

I tiptoed outside and hung the box in the spiky plant  Fairy Tree, then poured Pixie Dust pink glitter in a trail along the ground to the doggie door. I *may* have also gone into Baby G’s bedroom and liberally sprinkled Poor Baby G with copious amounts of pink glitter – PROOF that the Dummy Fairy has been to visit.

The next morning, the excitement was birthday-party big. I was woken by my little girl, shrieking and jumping up and down and saying “Look! I am all sparkly!” We all ran outside and followed the trail to the tree, where we discovered the treasure box.

Look! The Dummy Fairy left a present!

Needless to say, Baby G was delighted with her bling and had to show and tell everyone all about it the next day. That night, however, the novelty of no more dummy wore off. She cried so broken-heartedly at bedtime that night and the next. She wailed and sobbed. I couldn’t give back her precious dummies, so I did the next best thing. I climbed into bed with her and joined in. Together we howled about how haaaard it is. We clung to each other and agreed that not having a dummy to suck… well, it sucks. Then, as she squeezed my finger with her chubby little hand, she listened as I described the brand new baby Fairy Princess who was SO HAPPY because a kind little girl called Graceful G gave her her very own precious dummies.

She hiccuped and gulped and together we lay as she valiantly drifted off to sleep, dummyless.

I hope she dreamed of Fairies.

Tonight, just five days since she quit, cold turkey, she climbed into her bed, grinned at me and said “I’m a big girl now!” Then she happily closed her eyes and went to sleep.

My baby is growing up. I’m happy and proud.

But, I’m also a little sad.

You see, she’s fine. But I miss her dummies now… It seems I was a little addicted too.

Have you had to go through dummy-withdrawal? How did you handle it?  


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  1. says

    Oh, jeez, I love your stories!! Way to go, Baby G! We never had dummies (much as I tried, I couldn’t get my kids to accept stand ins for the real thing!), but I remember every step of giving up the crib, the bed time nursing, the middle of the night wake up and rock me……It all goes too fast!

  2. says

    Way to go, Mummy! I didn’t have to deal with dummy addiction, thankfully, but mine have clung to other things, and I go through withdrawals too – I don’t want my kids to grow up so fast, either, even though I’m tears-inducing proud of them when they do! I applaud your creativity, and the icing on the cake with the glitter…er…pixie dust…genius! :)

  3. says

    Oh, God. Getting my older daughter to give up binkies was more difficult than cutting off one of her limbs. We just had to get rid of them one day and listen to the tortured screams for a very long time. My second one we told that they don’t allow them in the new town we moved to – and she was much younger. And, yes, there are times I miss shoving that thing in their mouths to stop whining. And, every time I turn around they’re growing up in front of my eyes. Glad the “Dummy Fairy” showed up – so you couldn’t get weak and hand them back!

  4. susan madill says

    I think I may be living in a parallel universe. When my daugter was almost 3 and I too was desperate for a solution to the dummy addiction I turned to the dummy tree. There was this tree in partking lot of the nearby bigbox store. It was full of dummies from other children most likely dropped and lost. But I saw this as my opportunity and hatched my plan. I bought the gifts told the story of the other small babies that were in need and once she was onboard made the journey. She was sooooo excited to be the one that helped all these dummyless babies. We hung the 30+ dummys on the tree she left with the pressies that magically appeared and I crossed my fingers for a successful night. Upon arrival at home we celebrated her coming of age. She even went to bed early. My husband and I with our teenaged daughter were pretty impressed with ourselves. We held back a little on the back slapping a bit just in case. Well we didn’t wait long, it was bad real bad. My husband wanted to break into our emergency supply right away no child should suffer like she was. I compared it to a cocaine addiction withdrawal. I crawled in with her and for hours she sobbed that heavy uncontrolled sobbing. My husband and other daughter went to the basement and put head phones on so they could not hear her. We got through the night together to this day she has this phantom dummy that she suck at night. But after 4 years of orthodontic treatments and a year in speech therapy all is well in her world. Thank you for the chance to remember that time and to hear your story


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