We’ve tried time & time again to get Sam to give up his dummy, but for one reason or another either we or Sam would give in and the dummy would be returned.
Not this time.
We again explained to Sam that he was simply too old for a dummy & that if he handed it over he would receive a new toy in compensation, this has happened plenty times in the past so he knew what was happening. However this time we cut the dummy in half, in front of him ( so he knew that it wasn’t coming back ) and put it in the bin.
The look of total defeat, disappointment & losing something he loves on his face makes for a very sad time. He has hover completely forgot about it and is sleeping fine without it. Win.