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Monday, July 30, 2012

Is Your Toddler Addicted To Their Pacifier?

This past week has been a bit insane for us. I decided it was time to say good bye to the paci.  Buggy is now 2.5 and she seems to have a co-dependent relationship with the pacifier. She has done real well with not using it except for nap time or when she goes down for the night and then she gets sick and it goes right back to full blown attachment. Our pediatrician has been on my case to get rid of it since she turned about a year or so.

Our first night was a success. I even tweeted a picture of her passed out and sleeping in. I thought wow, a lot easier than I thought. On Friday when I brought her to school I told that teacher we were paci free for two days but if she needed it, it was in her backpack. I only mentioned it because I didn’t want her to be disruptive when the other kids were trying to sleep. They did give it to her at nap time but took it away after her nap so I had to start all over again and I have to tell you that it’s been hell this time around.

Sunday morning she was up at 4:30AM asking for the paci, wouldn’t go back to sleep and didn’t nap until we got in the car at 2:30 to go to my cousin’s graduation party and she only slept for an hour. It was an insane day. For the last few days we’ve had meltdown after meltdown. Is my kid going through major paci withdrawal? It seems like every little thing will set her off. Last night she found a paci lodged in the corner of her crib and you know what, I was kind of thankful for that (I took it away before she woke up). At least I was going to get some sleep and boy did I need it. Today she didn’t take a nap and kept asking for it. We had about 3 meltdowns all before 9AM – yea totally insane! I think I needed the paci more than she did.

So although I am going to continue my fight to make this a paci free home, I think I will meet her in the middle and just give it to her for nap and when she goes down for the night, after all, mami needs to sleep right? Maybe she is just not ready yet. I have been telling her for a while now that only babies use paci’s but my fear is that if she is not ready and I take it away then she will start to suck her thumb and we all know how hard that is to break. I remember going to elementary school and still sucking my thumb – and the buck teeth!

So how are you handling the paci situation in your home. How were you able to make your home paci free?

photo credit: google image

Irene

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