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We took a big step this weekend! Miss Reagan is officially off the binky! I thought she was going to be so hard to break of it as she’s pretty attached (case in point below), but she handled it like a champ. Fortunately, Lincoln never took to a pacifier, thankfully that wasn’t one of their shared twin things! Whew!
When is the right time to banish the binky?
In truth, I’ve been a little lax with Reagan compared to our approach with Macie. We’ve stopped allowing her to have the binky other than at nap time and night time for a while (she’s now 23 months), unlike Macie whom we cut off cold turkey at 18 months and never looked back! Could it be that Reagan is my last baby and somehow moving on from the binky seems so grown up! I could cry just thinking about it!
I wanted to do something special to let Reagan be a part of saying goodbye to her “Bee Bee”. A few years ago, I saw an adorable idea of sending the binky off with balloons and thought that would be a perfect way for Reagan to be involved. Like Macie, Reagan’s fave binky is a WubbaNub pacifier with a little-stuffed kitten on the end (if you read my recent post about how TrackR is helping us keep track of Macie’s best friend Oobie, then you know Macie’s is a little elephant). We made a big event of it, got Reagan all dressed up and took her outside to say goodbye.
She helped as I snipped the binky off the WubbaNub and surprisingly handled that part well! I tied the binky to the balloons and gave them to Reagan to release. She was a little more interested in running around with the balloons for a bit but she eventually let the balloons go (with a bit of Macie’s help) and off the binky flew!
Advice for breaking the binky habit?
It’s so hard to offer advice about how to stop the binky. Of course, every child is different and you’ll know when your child is ready (and when you’re ready!). With Macie, she was always so easy-going that I really wasn’t worried about having any issues. We did a quick snip and that was that. Reagan, on the other hand, has always been a little more sensitive and is definitely attached to her “Bee Bee”. However, I’ve noticed her waking less at night searching for it in her crib and my goal was to have it gone by the age of two. Since she was so attached, it just seemed fitting to let her go a little longer (five months to be exact) and to make it a big production.
There are a lot of resources out there to help kids give up the pacifier. Here are just a few cute ideas.
A successful night of sleep without the binky!
I also think it’s great to involve your child. She might be young, but Reagan was definitely taking in everything that was going on. When bedtime came around, she cried for a few minutes as she went to put the Wub in her mouth out of habit and realized there was no pacifier attached. It helped that she had been a part of it, so I was able to remind her that the binky had gone bye-bye and she settled soon after. She fell asleep a few minutes later and slept through the night. I think it was harder on me than her!
The big release!
Of course, I took a ton of pictures and I made a sweet video of the whole event, which I think I’ve watched like 20 times (OK more like 30). It will be so fun to share this with her someday! We’re so proud of you Reagan, you’re such a big girl now! And mama’s trying really hard not to cry every time I watch this video!
P.S. Don’t worry! The wind caught the balloons and pulled it down into the neighbor’s yard, so we got them back and no littering took place in the making of this video! I guess it was more symbolic!