Taking Away the Pacifier
When my daughter and I stopped breastfeeding I knew it was going to be a bit hard on her. As we transitioned her to drink milk from a sippy cup we started to use the pacifier more than usual. It helped her feel relaxed and calm since she didn’t have that comfort from me anymore.
At first, I didn’t mind the pacifier because she was just around 16 months when the breastfeeding stopped. She was still a baby and it also helped her go to sleep. It definitely came in handy when we were transferring her from co-sleep to the crib. It was honestly a life-saver.
But now that she is officially a toddler I just couldn’t take the noo-noo anymore. (That’s what she called it.) We had it wherever we went. One thing that constantly drove me crazy was when she would drop or throw her pacifier on the ground and we would have to try and clean it. Sometimes it would be at places or situations where I didn’t have a chance to clean it right away and she would get so upset. My stress levels will start to rise and sometimes I would even have a little bit of an anxiety attack. What’s worst is when I would forget to grab it on the way out the door so when she needs it and we don’t have it, she really throws a fit. Boy oh boy….
So I was thinking of a plan to get rid of that thing. Instead of letting her have the binky all the time, we tried to just let her have it during naps and bedtime. This plan worked out a little bit but sometimes whenever it was time for a nap she would just keep the pacifier in her mouth without taking one. This was a bit frustrating to me because sometimes it was hard to tell when she would take a nap and would end up with the pacifier for the rest of the afternoon or til bedtime.
I also tried just exclusively letting her have it at bedtime. Though some days I would get desperate whenever she had one of her extra fussy days and just give her the pacifier. So my plan wasn’t doing too good.
So finally I decide “That’s it! I’m going cold-turkey with the pacifier!”
Last week I decided to just cut my little one off of the pacifier. To my surprise, it has actually been going well. I would hide the pacifier so that she wasn’t able to see it. (That was another thing that backfired my plans.)
Out of sight out of mind.
Whenever she would start to ask for it I would just distract her with something else or let her know that the pacifier is all gone. She’s learned and understood that all gone means there is no more left. It helps her not to get upset when she wants more of something. She sometimes says okay and finds something else to do. But if she gets upset, I let her know straightforward that she cannot have the pacifier anymore and that it’s only for babies.
So far things have been going well. The first night without the pacifier, I let her sleep in the bed with us but after that, she has had much success sleeping on her own crib and in her own room. She hardly asks for it anymore and has helped relieve a lot of that stress. I don’t have to worry about it falling on the ground or forgetting it.
This is not to fault mamas who still let their little ones use a pacifier because if this didn’t work out and she really needed that thing, I would have let her have it but she has shown that she really doesn’t need it. I’m sure that they grow out of it so, by all means, let your kids have that paci. Trust me. I’m not going to judge.
It’s not even the fact that she is 2-years-old either. She is still technically a baby. I personally just couldn’t take the stress of it anymore. So if you mamas can relate, maybe try to go cold-turkey with the Noo-noo.
Have you have found other ways of getting rid of the pacifier? How long did you let your child have one? Let me know in the comments and thank you for reading!