I just tried to take the binky away from my nearly 2 1/2 year-old.
He is a pacifier lover at bed time, as it soothes him right to sleep. I have been planning on getting rid of them for a while now, but needed to wait until the right time in our chaotic schedules.
I decided that nap time would be a good start for today, so I took them all away (7 or so) and told him that they will go to the baby next door. He agreed until I shut his bedroom door.
Ugh! I caved after several minutes and just gave him one.
He passed right out.
This afternoon he told our neighbor that he would give his binkies to their granddaughter. She was delighted and praised him.
As bedtime approached he placed the binky in a ziplock bag and placed it in the neighbors’s mailbox. Then said, “bye, bye.”
We headed home and he knew he had me.
Every time I tried to leave his room, he screamed for the binky. I caved in after an hour and a half of fulfilling every other request, water, potty, singing, rocking, more stuffed animals, saying good night to the dog, everything!
I ran next door and got the binky.
He shoved it his mouth, turned off his bedroom light and told me night, night.
Looks like this will be a big challenge for us. I plan on incorporating it into stories and during play, hopefully he will work through the future separation.
Thoughts or suggestions?