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Binky Buddy

For better or worse, my daughter’s love affair with her binky is surpassed by nothing else. It’s an addiction, and one I’m not entirely sure how to overcome. In part it alleviates melt downs and temper tantrums, it helps an otherwise difficult sleeper to drift off. It is her best friend. My daughter’s binky is a WubbaNub Giraffe, and we are on our second.

The first was used, loved, to the point of pacifier destruction. I had hoped when I removed the pacifier and gave her back the giraffe that would be enough, but it was useless to her without that soother on the end. Although I ordered a new giraffe I recognized the value of having a back up and craftily sewed a new pacifier to the de-nubbed giraffe.

No More Binky

Our pediatrician recommended the elimination of binky use around the first birthday. Let’s face it, that’s when binky use is just getting started, it doesn’t reach full glory until somewhere between ages 2 and 3. My daughters’ real love affair with her giraffe binky began around 20 months.

My husband battles with our daughter over the binky regularly. He takes it away and she goes on a man hunt to get it back. Generally speaking, she is the winner of these binky debates. We attempt to keep binky usage for only sleeping times, but she will randomly ask for her binky or decide she must go and find it.

Thus we began to try and figure out when the best time was to remove binky usage and how to go about doing it. I had the bright idea, that with the arrival of our second child we could show her binkies are for babies and she’s a big girl now. I’ve been assured this is a recipe for disaster.

Binky Fairy

Recently I learned about the Binky Fairy. There’s a brilliant mom out there somewhere who co-opted the tooth fairy for a binky fairy! The essence of the Binky Fairy is a story about a child getting old enough they no longer needed the binky and fairy takes the fairy to a baby in need.

There are a variety of versions of this story, and techniques to use, such as the binky disappearing in the night and the child waking to a note left by the binky fairy, thanking the child for their binky.

This, I would say, is the feel good method of eliminating the binky from your child’s soothing options. There is always the tried and true method of simply taking the binky away and when the child asks for their binky you simply state, we don’t use the binky anymore. Objectively in a day or two your child will, hopefully, have moved on and won’t miss the binky nearly as much as we think they will.

Shortly after our daughter turns two, less than a month to go, we plan to implement one of these plans. I have a feeling the transition will be harder on my husband and myself than on our daughter.


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