Last night was our first night using the “broken binkies.” I cut an additional binkie because she’s using to going to bed with more than one. She’s got this thing where she has to have one in her mouth and one in her hand. Every few sucks, she rotates them. I’m not sure what this is about but I wasn’t interested in disrupting the normal bedtime routine of being given a binkie for the month and for the hand.
I was sure she was going to cry.
I was sure she was going to toss her binkies across the room.
I was sure she was going to throw a fit.
I waited and waited. Shortly after putting her to bed I heard that load, heavy breathing coming from the baby monitor.
She’s asleep? No fussing, no tossing binkies across the room, no baby meltdown? Just, well, sleep?
That’s night one.
Today it appears as though she’s slightly used to having the tip of her binkie missing. And here I am thinking this one cut is going to do it.
I’m not sure it will.
Tomorrow I think I shall take another stab at this by cutting a little bit more. Eventually, there will be nothing left and it’ll be ready for the trash can.
My concern, however, is the appropriate time frame for getting them gone. Should I cut the other piece today or wait for tomorrow? Make her think it’s going to stay like this now or continue to cut?
Weaning a child off of anything is something I haven’t really had to do before. Our transition between bottles and sippy cups was a breeze. However, she drank for the first time out of a sippy cup at 6 months old. It didn’t seem so foreign. And I even did double duty the first night she went to bed with a sippy cup by not only replacing the bottle but filling the cup with water instead of milk.
So, now what?
Time will tell I suppose. My thought perhaps is to snip one of the cut binkies one more time. If that sends us into meltdown mode, I can have her using the other snipped binkie.
I don’t know, this is a little confusing.
I’ll update with another binkie report tomorrow.