Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Missing: Please Return to Two Year Old


Do you find yourself searching for a pacifier at least five times throughout your day? If you said yes then most likely you are a mom. Virginia is constantly losing her pacifier and turning to me with this cute sad face pointing to her mouth. I say, "Are you wanting your pacifier?" She will quickly nod yes and I tell her to go search for it.

The best thing is watching her go on the hunt for the pacifier. She will lift her bean bag and look underneath it. She will run down to her bedroom and spend a few minutes in there. Then she sometimes will get lucky and find the oh so important pacifier and quickly pop it in her mouth and give a big sigh of relief by throwing her hands up in the air and doing her happy dance.

Well folks this daily routine is about to drive this mommy insane. Virginia is only 2 years old and I debate on whether it is time to say goodbye to the pacifier. I try to keep the pacifier for only during nap time and bed time. But lately Virginia has been wanting it more and more. Maybe she senses my thoughts and thinks she needs to get in as much quality time with her pacifier as she can. When did you moms decide to do away with the pacifier? Also how did you go about getting rid of the pacifier? Did you go cold turkey?

I thought I had made a small victory last night when I put Virginia to bed and asked her if she wanted her pacifier and I was thankful when she said no. Because well I didn't know where that darn pacifier was. She went to bed happy with no pacifier. Twenty minutes passed and here she comes out of her room and points to her mouth and sees the pacifier on the table. She quickly grabs it and is off to bed.

I know I just need to be tough and make a game plan and stick with it. I do like one idea a fellow mom told me about. She said she allowed her child to pick a Build-a-Bear and then together they put all the pacifiers in the bear and that way the child still has her pacifiers but in a bear form.

So this is my dilemma. Moms, I am asking for your help and advice. Should I say bye to the pacifier or should I wait longer until I believe Virginia is ready to say goodbye?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kathy
I took Katelynne's paci away when I stop breastfeeding her at 13 months. I did both of them cold Turkey of course I had to listen to her cry but I knew I had to do it because it was best for her and for others. The transition is going to be tougher on You more than anything because mother's hate to see their babies cry. I believe you can do this I truly have faith in you.
Amy Beale Blythe

The Bridles said...

I saw this on Supernanny one time. It seemed to work well and the child was excited about the prize the next morning. I am going to try this with Hannah when she is a little older. Worth a try I guess :)

http://www.supernanny.com/Advice/-/Supernanny-techniques/-/Discipline-and-reward/The-paci~fairy-technique.aspx

Lisa said...

I am not a mother, but I do have to say I love that Supernanny link! That seems like a pretty good idea. I have also heard about parents rewarding their kids for going the whole night without a paci (which is similar to the paci-fairy idea).

I know it will be hard Kiki, but you can do it!

Absolutely Kathy said...

Thank you everyone, you guys gave me some great things to think on and maybe use.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Missing: Please Return to Two Year Old



Do you find yourself searching for a pacifier at least five times throughout your day? If you said yes then most likely you are a mom. Virginia is constantly losing her pacifier and turning to me with this cute sad face pointing to her mouth. I say, "Are you wanting your pacifier?" She will quickly nod yes and I tell her to go search for it.

The best thing is watching her go on the hunt for the pacifier. She will lift her bean bag and look underneath it. She will run down to her bedroom and spend a few minutes in there. Then she sometimes will get lucky and find the oh so important pacifier and quickly pop it in her mouth and give a big sigh of relief by throwing her hands up in the air and doing her happy dance.

Well folks this daily routine is about to drive this mommy insane. Virginia is only 2 years old and I debate on whether it is time to say goodbye to the pacifier. I try to keep the pacifier for only during nap time and bed time. But lately Virginia has been wanting it more and more. Maybe she senses my thoughts and thinks she needs to get in as much quality time with her pacifier as she can. When did you moms decide to do away with the pacifier? Also how did you go about getting rid of the pacifier? Did you go cold turkey?

I thought I had made a small victory last night when I put Virginia to bed and asked her if she wanted her pacifier and I was thankful when she said no. Because well I didn't know where that darn pacifier was. She went to bed happy with no pacifier. Twenty minutes passed and here she comes out of her room and points to her mouth and sees the pacifier on the table. She quickly grabs it and is off to bed.

I know I just need to be tough and make a game plan and stick with it. I do like one idea a fellow mom told me about. She said she allowed her child to pick a Build-a-Bear and then together they put all the pacifiers in the bear and that way the child still has her pacifiers but in a bear form.

So this is my dilemma. Moms, I am asking for your help and advice. Should I say bye to the pacifier or should I wait longer until I believe Virginia is ready to say goodbye?

4 comments on "Missing: Please Return to Two Year Old"

Anonymous said...

Kathy
I took Katelynne's paci away when I stop breastfeeding her at 13 months. I did both of them cold Turkey of course I had to listen to her cry but I knew I had to do it because it was best for her and for others. The transition is going to be tougher on You more than anything because mother's hate to see their babies cry. I believe you can do this I truly have faith in you.
Amy Beale Blythe

The Bridles on January 19, 2011 at 7:31 PM said...

I saw this on Supernanny one time. It seemed to work well and the child was excited about the prize the next morning. I am going to try this with Hannah when she is a little older. Worth a try I guess :)

http://www.supernanny.com/Advice/-/Supernanny-techniques/-/Discipline-and-reward/The-paci~fairy-technique.aspx

Lisa on January 20, 2011 at 11:43 AM said...

I am not a mother, but I do have to say I love that Supernanny link! That seems like a pretty good idea. I have also heard about parents rewarding their kids for going the whole night without a paci (which is similar to the paci-fairy idea).

I know it will be hard Kiki, but you can do it!

Absolutely Kathy on January 20, 2011 at 12:37 PM said...

Thank you everyone, you guys gave me some great things to think on and maybe use.