Lil’ Duck refused to take a paci from birth, I tried and tried but he just wanted to nurse all the time for comfort. Anyway, a lot of his friends are still trying to kick the paci habit, so here are some tips from their mommies that might help anyone else in a similar situation.
- I would recommend cold turkey, out of sight, out of mind. Yes, it will be hard the first couple of days, but it gets so much easier. You can hold him and give him lots of kisses when you do it. If you really don’t want to, you can do the Paci fairy thing. The Paci Fairy comes to get all the binkys to give to the new babies (or to take the binky back to their Binky mommies and daddies) and leaves them a toy in exchange. You can have him put the binky on the window sill and say good bye to it. When they are sleeping, take it away and put all of them in the trash can outside. You can have a hunt (like an Easter egg hunt to find all the binky’s) before you do that. You can also have a little calendar and mark off days until the binky fairy comes to visit.
- The second attempt at cold turkey went SO much better than the first. He was probably about 19-20 months old by then. He fussed a little, but did not cry unconsolably. The first several days he would ask for it repeatedly, but we just kept telling him it went bye-bye and gave him extra love to help him through. After about a week he didn’t even talk about his binky anymore.
- I cut the tip off yesterday before naptime, and then when it was time for his nap, of course he asked for his binky. I gave it to him and showed him that it must have broke. He kept syaing “binky broke” but would try to suck on it anyway. Then he would take it out of his mouth, look at it, look at me, and repeat it again. He whined for an hour or so, after which i went up and rocked him some more, and he finally wanted to lay back down, cried for 10 min. more then went to sleep with his binky in his hand.
- Cut all the binky’s and tell him to throw them in the trash. You can make a big deal out of throwing away all the broken binky’s by just clapping and telling everyone around. When he throws them away, take the trash out. Then you can say, “Yay, you are such a big boy that you don’t need binky anymore! They are all going bye bye – can you say bye bye binky’s?” I think that will help if you are going to do cold turkey.
Have any tips to add?? Put them in comments ;).