We finally did it, we parted with the pacifier! Pinky is nearly 2.5 years old and her pacifier or “pa-pa” as she calls it has been a painful habit for us to break.
The epic tantrums, the screaming, the whining and the crying that came whenever we’d try to break the habit would bring us to our breaking point and we’d give in (I know, bad but a person can only take so much). We toughed it out 3-4 days before we’d give in, our pediatrician told us that it only takes 3 days and they get over it. Well, she doesn’t know my stubborn little girl 🙂 We tried the binky fairy method, asking her to give them to babies who needed them and cold turkey all of which were unsuccessful. So what worked for us?
Recently, Pinky started to chew on them and eventually they’d get holes in them. With nearly all of them broken I decided to buy one last 2-pack for her since we didn’t think with bringing a new baby home that now would be a good time to try and break the habit. Well, turns out the kind I bought for her she doesn’t like and so I took that opportunity to tell her that all her other paci’s were broken and after a bit of whining each time she would get over it and move on. I let her have the paci’s she doesn’t like and after a few seconds in her mouth she spits them out and is on to the next thing. Now, we’re a week into being paci-free and rarely does she ask and she doesn’t throw the epic fits she used to when I tell her that they are broken. So, YAY! We’ve dropped the pacifier!
Did you have a child that didn’t want to break the pacifier habit? How did you break the habit? Please share your story!