Hello. This is my youngest daughter. She is a binky addict.
Just last night I posed a question to my friends and family on my personal Facebook account:
“Other than just going at it cold turkey, curious to hear how fellow parent friends helped their little ones kick the binky habit.”
My youngest is 2.5 years old and quite the binky addict. My 4-year old never wanted a thing to do with a pacifier and transitioned from bottle to sippy, cold turkey, on her 1st birthday, so this whole “helping your child break a habit” is all new to me.
I wasn’t planning to be in a rush to kick the habit, but after a visit to the pediatric dentist yesterday for their cleanings, I was told that her teeth were slowly beginning to be affected, so I wanted to begin soliciting ideas for how to begin to wean her off. My pediatrician and pediatric dentist have both offered the same advice: “Pick an approach that you know will work best with her personality”. It is due to this advice that I have decided that going cold-turkey just won’t work for us.
Within 1-2 hours of posting this question I had over 50 comments with great ideas and success stories from friends. I am thankful for the myriad of suggestions that ranged from “Just do cold turkey” to “Cut the tips off and she will decide she doesn’t want them on her own” to “Use a binky fairy” and more. Thankfully, I have a review coming up this weekend for a great product that is hopefully going to help me tremendously for this journey, but in the meantime I snipped the ends of a few of them this morning and put the rest away, reserving them for nap and bedtime. We are going on 3 straight hours of no binky … and as you can tell from that picture above, that is huge success.
So how about you? What habit have you had to break for your child? How did you do it? I am sure many readers could benefit from your experiences, so please share away!