Bye, bye binky! There were laughs, tears and tantrums, but we finally got rid of the pacifier.
#CharlieB didn’t start using a paci until she was 11 months old and I had begun weaning. Pre-baby, I was one of those people that said I would never use a binky — but when you’re trying to get a screaming baby to calm down at 1am you’ll try just about anything.
Fast-forward seven months and I had decided that 1 1/2 years old would be our cut-off point … it was time to phase out binky (dun, dun, dunnnnn!). By this point Charlie used her pacifier during nap and bedtime, so we were gearing up for some pretty sleepless nights. Luckily, it wasn’t that bad.
In effort to eradicate binky we went with the “cut-off” method. We took the pacifier and snip, snip — completely cut off the nipple.
DAY 1 – During the day, when CB asked for binky we gave her the cut-off one. She put it in her mouth, looked at us and laughed. She attempted to chew the little bit of nipple that was left, but that was about it. However, at bedtime there was quite a fuss. She held on to binky but couldn’t use it to soothe herself. After about a half an hour she finally went to sleep.
DAY 2 – During the day she didn’t ask for binky much, but once again she demanded it at night. However, night two was much better. We did our nightly routine of bath, book, pray and bed and she went down after only about 15 minutes with just a bit of whining.
DAY 3,4 & 5 – OK, the next three days got REAL y’all. There was fussiness during the day and night. Bedtime was roughhhh! On these days she chewed binky, threw tanrtums, cried excessively and could not be soothed. I literally almost gave up and just gave her a regular pacifier. BUT, I’m glad I didn’t. After about an hour (each one of these nights) she fell asleep.
DAY 6 – I could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. This day there was no day time fussiness, minimal binky requests and a far easier bedtime ritual. While she still asked for her “friend” when it was time to go to sleep, she just held it and was out relatively quick.
DAY 7 – ***praise hands emoji*** On this day she didn’t ask for binky during the day at all! During bedtime she did ask for it, but gave it back when she realized it was still the cut-off version. After that she was out like a light!
It literally took a full week to rid ourselves of binky. It was tough but I’m really glad we stayed the course. I hope this posts helps someone out there. If you have any “breaking binky” tips I’d love to hear them! Just email me at Stilettos.SippyCups@gmail.com.
CB does get rocked to sleep and it helped immensely with soothing her.
During our phase out Charlie did have a bottle during bedtime which also helped immensely, but now she just has a sippy cup of warm milk.
She also still wakes up in the middle of the night about 75% of the time, but this is unrelated to binky. Most times it’s because she’s too wet or hungry.