This is a topic that endless amounts of parents and caregivers know all too well.
And it’s certainly been a topic that has been floating around in my head since I was pregnant. Whether or not to give my child one, how long to let them have it, all the basic thoughts, concerns and questions regarding them.
We’re definitely at what might be the cusp of the time to really start actively dealing with removing it from our child’s soothing process. I understand that it needs to be done, and it’s a big part of her soothing process, and I’m only partly concerned with how weaning is going to go. I have to admit I’m glad I am not feeling what seems like intense apprehension that other parents have had over it.
We’ve had stages in the last year where she herself will take it off and leave it somewhere for a good majority of the day, only wanting it for nap-time and bed-time. I am hoping that that is what we’ll be able to get back to on a regular basis in the coming weeks. It seems that she has reverted to having it constantly clipped to her clothing, or in her mouth between my husband’s deployment and all the stress of traveling for family emergencies in the last month or so. It’s a LOT for her to handle, and I understand her attachment to it, as well as her little monkey-head mini blanket.
We are hoping that with travel not being huge in our future from here until we move in the fall we can shift her back into it being only wanted/needed for nap-time and bed-time. We don’t expect that it’ll be too hard, but it might be shaky through the first stage. (And hilariously enough, a few moments ago, while my husband and daughter are curled up together eating cereal, she just had him take her binkie off her shirt and put it aside. And we’re off to a good start!)
Weaning is something that I definitely believe in, but also not overly forcing the issue, either. It’s something I learned from breastfeeding, I hadn’t planned on necessarily stopping at a year like many people do, but she weaned herself off not long after she turned one.
I’m hoping that with some gentle and slightly sneaky help, she’ll get back into weaning herself away from her binkie. There are times when we’ve just held onto her binkie in case she wanted or needed it in the past couple days, and she will certainly ask for it if she wants it. I think that is a good first step. I giggle a bit at the idea of being “sneaky”, but it’s more a matter of distraction and just not putting it back onto her clothing after getting her out of her pjs in the morning, and things like that.
Well, here’s to hoping that it goes well without too much drama! Cheers!