I didn’t have much time to write about it before and also didn’t want to jinx myself, but we have now gone one week without binkies!
We have definitely made it through the most difficult part. The first three nights were the hardest with hours of crying. But now she gets it.Sometimes she’ll ask for one but she doesn’t throw a fit when she doesn’t get it.
I’ll admit that I tried everything to get this to work. We traded in her binkies for toys. We convinced her that a baby younger than her needed them more than her. I snipped the ends off binkies we found around the house after the big trade in. And then the final thing, the thing that really worked and stuck in her head–we gave up her binkies to the binky fairy. When she found her binkies around the house (because, yes, she did have them hidden) she would bring them to me and ask if we could give it to the fairy. So I’d put it in a little glass jar and we decorated the jar and put it on the porch for the fairy to take. What really sealed the deal is that the fairy left behind a present in exchange for the binky. (side note: if you email your husband at 4pm to bring home a small trinket from work as a binky fairy present, be very wary of what he will come home with. Let’s just say I didn’t imagine my child would be playing with a Gene Simmons action figure just yet.
Another lesson learned: when your child is on a binky hunt, don’t leave lipstick unattended.