You may remember me talking about wanting to get rid of our daughter’s pacifier last month. If not, you can read about it here. Kaelyn only had her pacifier at night time, but was still very attached to it. There were some major changes between potty training, moving to her big girl bed, and a new little brother…which put off the ‘weaning’ process until just recently. Being two years old, I knew it was time, but wasn’t quite sure the best way to go about it. Thanks to many of you who commented with your experiences and thoughts on the issue, I quickly realized that ‘cold turkey’ was our best bet.
We wanted to be sure that when we took it, she had something meaningful to have with her at night (a stuffed animal or something) to take its place. We weren’t sure what to do, and then someone gave us a great idea…Build-A-Bear! Why didn’t I think of that?! We took Kaelyn to Build-A-Bear yesterday and let her pick out and make her very own animal (she picked a monkey). When it came time to stuff the monkey, she grabbed her pacifiers and stuck them inside. It was such a proud moment for me to watch!
She picked out some pajamas for her (since the idea was to have something for bedtime in place of the pacifier) and named her Boppy since she always called her pacifiers ‘bops’.
Everything was going great…she didn’t fuss once about putting her ‘bops’ in the monkey. But, the true test was not whether she could part with them for the day…it was night time that we were really wondering about. Bedtime came and as she crawled into bed she asked where her pacifiers were. We reminded her where they were and that now she had a new special friend to sleep with at night. That was it…not another word was said about her pacifiers. She laid her monkey by her, we read a story and she said ‘Night Mommy’. I was floored…was it really going to be that easy?! We thought she may wake up in the night crying, but again, nothing. She handled it like such a big girl!
I am so glad that someone gave us the idea of the Build-A-Bear. I think it was a great way to make her a part of the whole process so she understood what was going on each step of the way. It allowed for us to take her bops cold turkey while still giving her the comfort of knowing that they’re always with her, and best of all…she now has something special to take its place.