Ask Kat: Giving Up The Soother

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As the mum of three small boys, an expert in baby products and a no-nonsense parent, resident blogger Kat Armstrong always seems to be called upon by friends, family and strangers to answer tough parenting questions. We thought it was high time she shared this knowledge with you, and her series Ask Kat was born. If you have questions for Kat, you can email her at


Dear Kat,

My toddler won’t give up her soother! She’s almost two and I’m worried that I’ve created a monster. Nothing I seem to do works! Help!

Dianne, London


One thing I’ve found works with many little guys for either extended breast feeding OR soother extraction is setting a date and slowly talking about this date with your child. Toddlers as young as 2 can understand an exciting date coming up. When the day arrives, have a small “goodbye” party for the soother, have your toddler hand it over to you and you hand your toddler over a small consolation prize. It might be a cupcake (I have many friends who have done this) and it may be a toy or book. It’s up to you, really. Good luck, and don’t worry too much if she doesn’t give it up so easily. I have yet to meet an 8 year old who still has a soother.


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