Wednesday, January 09, 2013

"pappi"

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On the day that Pearson turned 18 months we decided to take his paci away from him when he was out of his crib. He has never been completely dependent on it, so I'm ready to start getting rid of it before it's too hard.  
Every time he wakes up from bed or his nap, I ask him for his paci and he shakes his head "no" really big, gives his paci 4 or 5 real big sucks then reluctantly hands it over to me.  It makes me laugh every time.  And when he chews on it like the picture below, that's when I really know he doesn't even need it anymore.
The funniest thing about taking his paci away is that now that he doesn't get it anytime he wants he has a name for it......"pappi".  I guess it's true.....absence makes the heart grow fonder.  When we tell him it's time to go "night, night", he happily goes to his room, looks up at his bookshelf and says, "Pappi, Pappi, Pappi".

My goal is to have his paci completely taken away by his 2nd birthday.  

So, Mommies......any tips on doing doing this?  Did you take it away from them at bedtime first and then naptime or naptime first then bedtime or did you just take it away cold turkey?  How did you tell them you were taking it away?  Just curious to know what worked and what didn't work when taking away the paci.  Pearson could very likely be just fine when we take it away, but I want to be prepared just in case it's a little battle.

6 comments:

Rebekah said...

My daughter wasn't attached to a pacifier but she was attached to her bottle. We took it away cold turkey. I found the best thing was to hide them all so she couldn't see it and just be strong through the tears. It took about 3 days and she forgot all about them. The sooner you do it the better. The older they get the more attached they become.

Ashley said...

I feel Olivia is going to be so hard to break. I take it away when she is just walking around playing. She got really grumpy after awhile and roamed the house looking for one.

Abby said...

Both of my kids had paci's and we were done with paci's by the time they turned 2 and they STILL remember how we took their paci's away. For both of my little's, we had about 6 balloons and tied 1 paci to the clump of balloons....we let them then hold the balloons and we told them, when you are ready to say bye, let go of the balloons. No tears and if you ask them where their paci is, they both say, "it went with the balloons." I liked doing it this way, because they were the ones to "let it go." I have had several friends do this since and they all had the same type of experience as us.

The Fenner's said...

I've never had to do it, but I've heard if you cut the tip of them, usually they don't want them
Because they are "broken" I took Graham's away cold turkey at 13 months but he didn't sleep with it do he didn't have the same attachment!

Kory & Erin said...

We cut it out cOld turkey.... Just make sure they are all hidden!! Nap time and bed time may be difficult for a few days while they have to find a different way to sooth themselves. Now we tell Kinsley they are for babies and not big girls. I wanted it long gone before the next one comes so I don't have to worry about a paci fight!!

Kory & Erin said...

We cut it out cOld turkey.... Just make sure they are all hidden!! Nap time and bed time may be difficult for a few days while they have to find a different way to sooth themselves. Now we tell Kinsley they are for babies and not big girls. I wanted it long gone before the next one comes so I don't have to worry about a paci fight!!