My daughter just turned 2 on July 24th and she asks for her binky constantly. I tell her no, only for bedtime and naptime, but she just leave it at that. So I'm wondering, what age is still "appropriate" to use a binky?? Any suggestions on how to break her of it??
My boys just had their birthday on the 28th. Kyle never really cared about a binky, but Kasey was really hooked on his until he was over 20 months. I mean the little guy wanted it most of the day. He would even choose it over food! We started trying to cut back on how often he had it like you're doing. He was starting to accept the nap and bedtime only thing. Then, one evening we had the boys at Wal-Mart, and this elderly lady was talking to us while we waited in a very long and slow line. She asked if either of them used binkies, and I said Kasey was using it at sleep times. Well, she told me about these people she knew whose baby (around 12 months) had choked to death when the nipple came off and lodged in her throat;. Up to that point, I had been of the mindset that Kasey would give it up when he was ready; I never gave it to him again. I did offer him some of his old teethers, and I told him he couldn't use binky anymore because it could hurt him. There were some tearful/screaming moments, but nothing even half as bad as I'd imagined.
Our son was sort of forced to quit cold turkey when he was 18 months old because we lost the last binkie. He was down to just at bedtime, so we had planned to do it over Christmas vacation in a few weeks anyway. So instead of going out and buying new binkies, we decided to just let him cry it out that night and get it over with then.. Worst night of my life! He sat up and sobbed almost all night long. He was so upset about it he shaking at one point, like he was going through withdrawal. However, it was just for that one night, and he never asked about it again. If you're going to go this route, though, I strongly recommend you get rid of the binkies for good beforehand, as in get them out of the house. He was so sad it broke my heart, and I would have broken down and given him the binkie back in a heartbeat if I had known where it was!
Well, you guys got lucky. My son broke his binky right around Thanksgiving last year and since we were planning of taking it away around Christmas time, we thought we were golden and had the perfect excuse for him not to have it anymore. So his coping mechanism became to suck his thumb. He used to only have his binky for naps and nighttime but his thumb is available 24/7 se he started suckung it ALL THE TIME! We only recently got him to accept that he is allowed to suck on it at home or in the car. We now need to work on limiting it even further but it's going to take a while. So whatever you decide, however you choose to do it, do it gradually... Good luck!
I know how you feel. My son will be 2 in September. I had him to the point of only at bedtime, but then his sister was born. Now he has it all the time, or he takes the baby's. I am at a loss as to what to do. I say let him decide when he's ready. As long as he isn't 5 and still running around with it, he's fine. Two isn't that old
If you haven't gotten rid of it, try this. Cut the nipple of the binky off (just about half way) and give the binky to her when she wants it. Right away she'll notice something's different and won't like it anymore. I did this to my son a week after his second bday (7/11/12). He cried the first night and wanted to know what happened to his binky. He was so sad; just hurt my heart, but I couldn't buy another. My goal was to have him off the binky by 18 months, but that didn't work. At 13 mons. he only used it at naptime and bedtime. That changed when I had his baby brother in Sept. The baby started using a binky in late Oct. That's when our older son started wanting the binky all day. Be consistant and good luck!
I think this is a bit dangerous. Cutting the nipple half way means that it can be pulled off easily and baby can choke on the piece that detached. This is why we threw my son's pacifier away, because it half-ripped and the top piece was about to fall off. I've heard of people poking holes in the binky, or cutting the end down little by little, and maybe that's what you mean by 'cut if half way' and I think people have had successes with either options.
@Viviane G.....My first thought was "that's dangerous" too, but the nipple was completely in tact and he never chewed on the binky to begin with. Like with anything else, you must keep a close eye on children with everything. Luckily for us, we had success in two days. He never kept it in his mouth (less chance for choking) because he couldn't enjoy the sucking part).
My daugther still has her Nuk. We give it to her whenever she asks for it, but we don't offer it to her anymore. She'll be 2 on Thursday. We are trying to gradually cut it back/out. I really don't want her to start sucking her thumb b/c I did until I was in third grade...