Little Kamryn has always loved her pacifier, also known as pappy. Whenever she gets sleepy, hurt, mad or pouty, she would ask for it. Pappy and her blanky. Her two sources of comfort, other than mommy of course! I mean, with a face like this- how could you ever say no to giving her what she asks.
I have always thought it was adorable. However, what is not adorable is to have a 2 year old that still wakes up throughout the night when her pappy falls out and on the floor…and you have to get up several times a night to retrieve it. We decided several months ago that when she turned 2, that was it. No more pappy. Well, her birthday came & went and she still had pappy. I never had the heart to just take it away completely. Plus, she only used it at night…and Ryan & I had a hard time wanting to interrupt our nightly routine to try to wean her off…maybe a little laziness on our part.
So here are the steps we took to finally conquer the pacifier. We heeded the advice of other parents & devised a plan. It took a couple of months, but it finally worked! First, we started trimming a little bit off the tip of the pacifier. Just a little at first. Kamryn noticed something wasn’t quite right, but it didn’t bother her too much. Second, we started talking to her about how she was a big girl and big girls didn’t need pacifiers. Then a few weeks later, we trimmed some more off. It was about 1/3 cut. She would say, “pappy’s broke..want nother one.” But we stood our ground. She got used to using the trimmed pappy…only using it at night, but still sucking away! So again, we trimmed it down…over half way gone now. You could tell, she wasn’t liking it – but she still asked for it at night. She was not using it the same anymore…she mainly just played with it or chewed on it. It slowly was becoming less & less important to her. We would tell her off & on – “You can throw it in the trash if you want. Pappy’s broke. You’re a big girl now, you don’t need it.”
This goes on & on until…well, this past week. After breakfast on Wednesday, Kamryn went over and on her own accord, threw pappy in the trash. We made a big deal about it – jumping around dancing and clapping – and she was SO proud of herself. We took her to Toys-R-Us to buy her a special toy that she could sleep with instead of pappy. She loved it. She tells everyone, “throw pappy in trash…no more pappy.” SO adorable. She now has a Barney doll that she sleeps with instead. The first night without pappy, she did cry and asked for it. She cried for about 30-45 minutes in fact. I went in there several times, picked her up and reminded her that pappy was gone, she was a big girl & momma was so proud of her. She only cried one night. Yep, ONE. Since then, she gets her blanky, her Barney and crawls right into bed and goes right to sleep. My big girl!!!