Sophia Siri Ray (37)
I would love to share with you how we did it…
Jonah has been without his binky for the past two weeks! After posting my comment here, I went to him and told him everything. I simply said: “Jonah, I know your binky makes you feel really good. But I’m worried that it will cause your teeth to be crooked and that it will bother you later in your life. I don’t want to take it away from you. It’s your pacifier. So I kind of don’t know what to do. Can you help me?”
He didn’t say anything and just kept playing with the binky inside his mouth for a really long time. I even started thinking he didn’t understand anything I was saying, and it was all useless. Suddenly, he came to me and handed his binky over. He went on playing without it. At bedtime, he was asking for it and started crying. I was determined to be completely honest with him and resolve this naturally. So we made a deal... He got his binky back for bedtime.
So that’s what we did for the next couple of days. He even tried without it, but still needed it for his bedtime and daycare. One night, Jonah couldn’t fall asleep, but didn’t want his binky. He was really unhappy and cried a lot. I didn’t know how to help him, so I just held him and stroked his hair. I felt really sorry because I could see how hard it was for him. After crying to his heart’s content, he grabbed his stuffed musical turtle and fell asleep.
The following day, he took his turtle to daycare, and he won’t let go of it ever since. Just to be on the safe side, I still carry his binky around with me, but he doesn’t ask for it. I know he’s been through a lot of transitions recently, and he needs to grab onto something – and the musical turtle won’t ruin his teeth. So hurray for us!
I’m so thankful, guys. I'm sure it wouldn’t have gone so well without your help. I feel good about the fact that we really did this together.