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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Bye Bye Binky~

My son Rolf, as you might already know, is turning 2 on Mother's Day.

Rolf has been a binky baby from day 1. I really have no issue with pacifiers, and in fact, I found a binky to be a great help at times while he was a baby. Binky helped to soothe him, it made sleep easier for Rolf, and it entertained him.

When Rolf began talking, I wasn't as thrilled with the binky, because if he has that thing in his mouth, he simply doesn't talk. Rolf has the sweetest voice, and I want to hear him talk!

I expected that when it was time to get off the binky, it would be hard. I had planned this whole thing. I would tell Rolf he is a kind boy, and he had to help! Another baby couldn't sleep and that baby really needed a binky! We would then tie the binkies to balloons and release them.

In my mind, it was perfect. It would work! I was kind of excited about this day.

Last weekend I noticed we were down to 2 binkies. This kind of made me panicky. I asked my hubby to drop by and get another pack after his Spanish class let out.He forgot and I was definitely not happy! Shoot! What am I gonna do without binkies?!

On Wednesday, I tossed one binky in the dishwasher, as it was running, I kicked the other binky and it went under the fridge. Oh No! I can't move that sucker so what did I do?

I did nothing. I laid Rolf down for a nap, he fell asleep and slept fine! No binky needed. When he woke up, he wasn't fixated on finding binky.

For days, I observed him. He was talking more! He was not frantic about binky. In fact, he really has not noticed Binky's absence. Feeling triumphant, I tossed the remaining binky(from the dishwasher) away yesterday!

We are off the binky! No more pacifiers! I am happy! My son with the sweetest voice in the world...hasn't stopped chattering in days!

I will admit, my perfect fantasy didn't come true, I didn't release the binky, or my son from it. I kicked the darned thing under the fridge, but it worked out well!

Moms! Did you give your kids a pacifier? How old were your kids when they gave it up? How did you get the binky out of your kids mouth?

I am 32 years old. I remember when I lost my binky. Around the age of 3 my Great Uncle Howard took it from me and wouldn't give it back... Yeah, to the date I am still not crazy about him and I still remember that he took it, in vivid detail.

17 comments:

  1. I was very lucky in a way. My son absolutely refused to use a binky. He had acid reflux and I think it was because when he spit up it ruined the taste of the binky. Only bad side was that we had to listen to him crying a lot more.

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    1. Poor boy! Acid Reflux has to be rough on a little one!

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  2. We had to take our son's away cold turkey. He first went without it during the day, then we stopped giving it to him at naps, then we stopped giving it to him at night. He was sad, and it took him like a month to get over it. He kept asking about it. He was around 3.

    Our daughter is a few months from turning 3 years old, and I don't have the heart to take it from her. She cries for it, asks for it, sleeps with it, she will sit around the house all day with it in her mouth if I let her. Because I am due with our third child in July, I am not about to take it away from her. So she will probably be 3 1/2 before we take it from her. Maybe when there's a present that she really, really wants closer to Christmas, we can ask her to leave it for the Binky Fairy and then when she wakes up in the morning, the Binky Fairy will leave her a really big present. Or something like that. By then, that should work, as she understands that she can't have her binky forever. But it will be tough having two kids using pacifiers, but we will live. She never loses hers either.

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    1. Heather,
      That would be so hard to have him ask for it! I would have caved... heck I nearly caved today after a big fit!

      Congrats on baby 3!

      If it had not been so easy I would have never taken Rolf's away!

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  3. My daughter never had a pacifier. I was against it, and she never missed it. Her issue was potty training, but that is another story.

    Good job on getting your son off of it even though it happened differently than you thought!

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    1. Ruth,
      Oh they horrors of potty training! That is another story, and usually not a pretty tale either! We hope to have Rolf out of diapers by August. My hubby will be home all summer and we know Rolf is ready, but ugh! So far things have not been great with the potty training!

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  4. April Harden-HaleMay 7, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    With my oldest he couldn't use a pacifier because he was a preemie and they said it burned to many calories. With my youngest, Bridge, he was a tough one to let it go. I had no help from my ex-mother in law, everytime I would throw it away she would go buy a new one. So it was a viscous cycle. And like you I wanted to hear his sweet voice. By the time I had had enough and put my foot down he was about 3. I see kids that are 5 and 6 and I believe that it does affect their speech.

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  5. I agree April, it does impact their speech! How can they learn to talk when something is in their mouth all day!

    I think I know your ex-mother in law... from the way she always behaved around me while I was a customer at Kroger that sounds exactly right! (If you are on good terms with her, I am sorry, but hey, I am observant!)

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    1. april harden-haleMay 8, 2012 at 11:54 PM

      Ha Ha!!Many people tell me the same thing. No I am not on good terms with any of them. This mama bear hasw let my cub be hurt by them for the last time.

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  6. I don't know how I will handle this when it comes but it will come for us too. W is a paci guy and I'm hoping he'll just abandon it one day!

    Mariah, Formula Mom

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    1. Mariah,
      Hi!
      I hope it is as simple for you as it was for me with Rolf.

      I will admit, I was conditioning him to give it up. I would hide it in the morning and try to only give it to him at nap and bed time.

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  7. Good for you! I have a thumb sucker myself, I would have rathered she used the pacifier because it's easier to break that habit. My oldest used a pacy and it wasn't that hard to break!

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    1. We had the test yesterday- we found an old binky in a basket of dog toys. I tossed it, and Rolf didn't care! We are officially really binky free!

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  8. Congrats to Rolf! Getting rid of the paci is a great accomplishment!

    My son had a pacifier until he was 13 months old. We had worked down to him only having it at bedtime, and then one night, we went through the regular routine but skipped giving him a paci. He cried that night for about 15 minutes before falling asleep and then was fine after that.

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    1. Did you imagine it would be much harder? I thought it would be a battle. I was pleased to be wrong!

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  9. Bad Uncle Howard! Lol. That is such great news you got your son off Binky at 2yo. My 18mo is totally attached to it, but it doesn't deter him from talking, I can actually admit. He has so many words and he's always talking. Someday soon I will get to that point of imagining the balloons taking all the binkys away. Thanks for the great article.

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    1. Thanks Vicki! You are the best!

      It was so much easier than I had ever imagined! My husband is super proud of me, as he had envisioned I would never try to break Rolf of Binky!

      In all seriousness, I have never liked Uncle Howard- all because of that incident... I know that was almost 30 years ago... but! Uncle Howard! How Could You?! HaHa

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