When the medical profession speak, I listen! But boy, oh boy, is it hard being a good student when you are faced with the sweet face of your toddler begging for his pacifier (or binky) or even worse screaming his head off and you know if you plop in that “dreaded” pacifier the world will once again be a blissfully peaceful and happy place.
My blatantly obvious “secret” is that my twin boys who are a couple of months older than two still use their pacifier. At our two year check up the Physician’s assistant said, “Get rid of it now. Today. Immediately.” Two months later we are still the proud owners of a handful of binkies, which we often hunt for during the night, to soothe the crying babe.
It wasn’t always like this – in the first two months of the twins’ lives I refused to give into their cries because the lactation consultant said that the young infants might take the pacifier instead of the breast, and it was hard enough keeping my milk supply up for the twins.
I am still torn between taking it away from the boys or letting them get rid of it when they are ready. What do you think?
The most common methods of removal seem to be:
1. Say another kid/binky fairy/ fill in the blank needed it more than they did and they now own it.
2. Cut a little hole in the top so that suction is no longer the same. Apparently they will decide they no longer like it and they throw it away themselves.
Have you tried any of these methods?
Supposedly the best time to get rid of the pacifier is when the child is between 4-6 months old. Let me tell you, I will probably be doing that the next time (if there is a next time) to save myself this agony. Pacifiers might cause the child to need orthodontic services when they are older, and may cause speech delay – two serious concerns.
Shouldn’t that be reason enough for me to toss the offenders? Well, yes AND no. The honest truth is we are working on it. For the last ten days we have only been using the binky for naps and at bedtime. The first day was rough but not unbearable. And now they happily hand over the binky to us when we explain to them it’s only to be used in bed. Not bad right?
Our problem lies in the sleep issues. We still haven’t perfected the sleeping (story of my life) and right now the binky is the only thing that keeps them in bed. And not even that is a guarantee.
So you see, I am not a prefect mommy (disappointing, I know).
I will try to get rid of them in March… doesn’t that sound like a plan Maybe I will surprise us by doing it sooner!
Anyway, wish me luck as I work my way through all those disapproving raised eyebrows of my fellow mommies when they see these (very tall for their age) toddlers with their pacifiers.
Any thoughts, tips, or advice?
Here’s hoping for a binky free 2013!!