Giving up the Binky/Pacifier

The dreaded binky!!! Okay, okay…I do have a love/hate relationship with that little thing. On May 11, 2015, Anthony and I swore our next daughter would never have a binky…and on May 12, 2015, when our beautiful daughter started crying and was immediately soothed by said binky, it was a whole different ball game!

Hailey was a “binky baby” too. She took one whenever she got fussy and at nap and bed time, so pretty much all day, every day! Hailey, however, gave it up with pretty much no fuss, and she was way younger than 2 years and 4 months, which is what Aurora is.

Both of these baby Hailey with her binkies. 

I am writing this because today is Aurora’s first day of preschool ever, and I have been telling her for about a month or so that when she starts “big girl” school, she has to give all her binky’s…yep, all 37 of them (37 is a bit of a stretch, but girl has a lot of binkies!) to the babies who need them. We plan to have her throw all the binkies in a bag for daddy to take to work today for baby Stella, who is a her 8 month old friend who takes a binky also.

With that said, I probably have a better chance of winning the powerball than Aurora just giving up her binky cold turkey…but a mom can dream! I am open to any outside advice on this topic because I am sure I will be trying ALL THE THINGS before Aurora actually decides to give it up for good.

How many pictures has her binky ruined??? (But how many nights of sleep has it saved?!) 

Here are a few things I have heard works when trying to get rid of the pacifier.

1- Take the binky to the store and “trade it in” for a new toy.

2- Have daddy or mommy take them to work to give to other babies.

3- Cut the tip of the binky so that it feels “broken.”

4- “Binky fairy”- Have your child collect all his/her binkies and put them at the front door over night and the binky fairy will come and take them and leave a present.

5- Wean the binky before age 2-opps! Apparently the younger, the better.

Not in the mouth…but sooo close! 

Unfortunately, Aurora also knows about thumb sucking!! I am worried she is going to switch to that when we take the binky and I have no idea what I would do if that happens!

Also, she still puts EVERYTHING in her mouth, so that will be another issue we are going to run into. We usually just throw the binky in her mouth if she starts putting toys in there, so hopefully she grows out of that faze soon!

ANNDDD…where are all her binkys anyway?? If you have ever had a child who takes a pacifier, you know that they can get lost very easily, especially when you child is older and can hide them. I’m pretty sure we have a few strays somewhere around the house, so I am really hoping she doesn’t find one before I do!

It was so easy to give that new baby a binky to stop her from crying…and boy did it work, but now I regret not sticking to my initial “no binky” rule because I have a feeling this is going to be a long and painful process!

Here we go! 

Next step…potty training!! Ahhh!!

Do you call it a binky or a pacifier?

What ways did you wean your child from the binky? No seriously…HELP!!