Before we left for Aruba, the binky attachment was at an all time high. We told Cora that when we returned, the binky was going to go bye-bye. We talked about how her friends don’t have binkies and she was a big girl now. She basically gave zero shits about those reasoning’s and every time we face timed her from Aruba she waved around her binky, taunting us.
I will say, my husband was much more adamant about getting rid of it than I was. I’m not sure why, it has just never stressed me out. It wasn’t in her mouth 24/7 so it didn’t bother me. Never the less we came back and operation take away binky was in full force, with zero plan of how to go about it. We heard every plan in the book from other parents and all I knew was that cold turkey was not going to be our method. We decided to narrow it back down to nap time and bedtime. While there were some meltdowns, especially in the car, she was fine with it. Within a couple of days she quit asking for it at nap time and completely didn’t have it at daycare. Within one week we were down to just bedtime and that is where we currently stand. There has been a few nights she forgot to ask for it and she went to bed without it. She comes out every morning, sets it on the counter and goes about her day, never asking for it.
We are really at this point where I think she will just forget it one night and that will be that. Why are we not pushing to just take away night binky? We are having some sleep issues again. Mainly, nightmares. She goes to sleep fine each night and for naps. It is the middle of the night when she wakes up screaming and I have to go in and cover her back up, rub her back for a few seconds and that is it. If the binky helps get her back to sleep when we are doing this upwards of 5 times a night then I really don’t care if she still has it. It is all about sanity.
How is operation not binky in your household? I have to say, I thought the fight would have been stronger with her but I think giving her the heads up was the best plan.