Binky Heaven

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Binky Heaven

It will soon be time to send all the binkies to binky heaven and I'm not too sure how to go about it. With Gianna, she was a little over 2 and we told her it was lost. She understood it was lost and got over it very quickly. I don't think its gonna be as easy with Leah. She only uses it to sleep or when she gets very upset. I would love to hear some suggestions. I'm gonna start "losing" them next month.

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My cousin told me the other day that she took all the binkies, took the kids to the zoo, and made them "give" the binkies to the baby animals. She got a zookeeper on board, and he said they would be happy to give them to the baby animals.

And then a friend of mine, had her son pass them on to a baby cousin. So instead of taking them away and having it be a negative event, her son felt proud and happy to pass them on to a baby cousin. Now I can't imagine all 2-3 yr olds readily giving up something of theirs and giving it to someone else without a fight....but it worked for her!

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When Sean was ~18 months, ours just disappeared one day, lol. It was rough at sleep time for a few days, but then he was fine without it. He did great for a couple months, but then Calvin was born and he STILL tries to steal his binkies. We don't let him though, but occasionally he'll get one without us noticing and we'll find him in a corner secretly sucking the binkie. ROFL

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Zoey will have hers taken away probably in about 6 months or so---I need to wait until she's done with her 2 year molars and she's a slow teether so I don't think it will be too soon. She's a terrible teether and she's really dependent upon it for security and comfort. I will lose my mind if I take it away before she's done teething. It's more for my sake I think at this point. Smile I'd love suggestions, too. I'm making a point to not give Milo a pacifier because I don't want to A. have to deal with this addiction a second time, and B. tempt her when I take hers away.

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My dentist suggested to cut a little bit off of it, every few days, until they think it's busted and they don't want it anymore. I decided I'd rather try this and let him give it up on his own rather than just take it away.

So, I started off by poking a hole in it with a skewer, then every 4 or 5 days(whenever I'd remember) I'd cut about 1/16" off. We are down to about 1/4" of nipple left LOL and he still insists on taking it to bed. I don't think it even stays in his mouth, but I guess it's just a comfort thing. At this point I really don't care, as it's not doing anything. I plan on cutting again tonight Smile

If this doesn't work, then I guess he'll CIO without it for a few nights, but I'm sure he'll be fine Smile

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"buildingthedream" wrote:

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My dentist suggested to cut a little bit off of it, every few days, until they think it's busted and they don't want it anymore. I decided I'd rather try this and let him give it up on his own rather than just take it away.

This is what I was recommended when trying to wean DD1 of hers when she turned 2. It worked a treat and only took about 4 or 5 days till she lost interest. So I did it again with Josie when I weaned her off hers about 4 months ago, it took her a bit longer I guess 'cos she was younger and sitll sucking it (DD1 was only chewing on it at age 2). I highly recommend this method as I have found that it is them giving it up (because iti's broken or doesn't feel right or whatever) rather than you taking it away and them looking for it all the time.

Good luck!

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I have heard of the cutting it down method but won't they then eat it? Leah chews on them sometimes and as soon as it has a tear in it, I throw it away. Gianna was really no problem but shortly after she started to suck her thumb (hate that so much more). I will probably start weening her off over the summer. I will try every trick out there, don't think its gonna be so easy this time.

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I'm putting my foot down and we're getting rid of it a week after his birthday. I'm waiting a week because we are going on vacation the week after his birthday, and I don't want to deal with the transition then Wink I haven't decided how to do it yet... I like the cutting method though. He only uses it for sleep and is really god about throwing it in his crib when I get him up, so I'm hoping it won't be as hard as I'm fearing!

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Leah normally throws her binky in the drawer after getting out of the crib but lately she has been bringing it out to the main part of the house. She has even had it when we leave the house and I never allow that. I take it away as much as possible. I will try the cutting down method and pray it works............and that she doesn't start sucking her thumb/finger.