For the past month or so we have slowly been ridding Colton’s daily routine of his binkie. We started out by just not giving it to him or offering it to him. If he found one we wouldn’t take it away but we didn’t encourage it. We then transitioned to only giving it to him at naptime. We told him that his bink lived in his bed and he could only have it at naptime or bedtime.
I forgot to drop one off with him at daycare one day and his teachers said he was content when they told him that he didn’t have one and still went down for his nap just fine. After that I began “forgetting” it more than leaving one for him. He was doing amazing at daycare without it but he still wanted it at home. Each evening when he was ready for bed he would run to his room and say BINK! NIGHT NIGHT and reach into his crib for the pacifier. I was convinced that he was never going to quite that thing! But lately he has been asking for it less and less and has been such a big boy in the mornings when I tell him he has to say goodbye and put it back in his bed.
Earlier this week my mom was putting him down for the night and he kept chewing on the binkie, biting it and pulling it out of his mouth. She finally took it away from him, told him he was a big boy and he didn’t need it anymore. He hasn’t had it since!
He asked for it yesterday but when I told him they were “all gone” he was perfectly fine and went on about his business. For two nights in a row he has slept without it!
We aren’t looking back!