You always hear people telling parents to get rid of their kids pacifiers, aka binkies. Those are usually grandparents who think they know all (don’t get me wrong, not all think that) or people without kids. Yeah, I think it’s gross when an older kid uses the thing and it’s all saliva-ee and dirty and he’s talking while the thing is in his mouth, but guess what… I’m not his parent and I’m not going to tell him to get rid of it. Parents will get rid the thing when the time is right, and the time was right for us last night.
For the last year and half we’ve let Leialoha sleep with a pacifier. The main reason: with it she goes down easily without a fight and sleeps for a good 12 hours. I’ve always said… I’ll let her sleep with the thing as long as possible if it means good sleep for her… and in return, good sleep for me. However, things recently came to a head… when the pacifer would fall out of her crib in the middle of the night and I’d wake up to a sad, pathetic little voice crying “Maaaahmy, Daaaahdy, Biinky”. Over and over, time and time again. Clearly, the pacifier no longer meant a peacefull sleep. Both her father and I realized it was time to get rid of the thing.
And it was as though, the move to get rid of it just fell into our lap. For some odd reason (the grace of God?), Robby let her take the pacifier out of the crib (against the rules btw) and sit on the toilet with it. Weird, I know. Just as Leialoha finished handling her business, the thing dropped from her mouth into the toilet. My first thought: Gross. My second: Yes! No more binky!
We took the opportunity and ran with it… telling her no more pacifier because it fell in the yucky toilet. We prepared for last night all day, telling her she’d go to sleep with no pacifier, repeating what had happened that morning. When we got home from daycare I saw her looking into the toilet saying “Bye Bye”. Haha. So cute. And last night when I put her down, she cried for less than 30 seconds. We heard just one peep all night when she did call to her daddy with a pathetic “Daaahdy, binky”. He went in, layed her down, and she was out. Nice!
Young mothers hear “It’s hardest on the parents” a lot… whether it be leaving your child with someone else for the first time or getting rid of something like a pacifier. And t’was proven true for us. After the painless move to take away the binky, I realize now it could have been done awhile ago. Was my daughter playing us for fools? Probably.
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