When the time came to say goodbye to the pacifier for good, I thought that nap time would be easy and bedtime would be tough. June has had the binks at bedtime every night since we started giving it to her. Nap time is another story - we sent one to school but found out that she didn't need it or use it there. For months now she's been napping without a pacifier during the week, though she did still use it at home.
We'd been telling June that the binky was going to go away on Friday. We told her that babies needed binkies, and since she was a big girl and didn't need hers anymore, she could send hers away so babies could have it. So we addressed an envelope ("To: Babies, From: Junie") and left it on the front porch.
When she got home that evening, the envelope was gone and a little Nerf football was in its place as a "thank you" from the babies.
I couldn't believe how easy that night went. (I joked with Michael that he totally owed me since he had a night out with friends that evening.) I put her down and didn't hear a peep from her until the next morning.
The nap on Saturday was ... not as easy. She cried and cried and cried. I'm not sure if it's because she was overtired, or if the little 10 minute catnap she'd gotten in the car had sort of taken the edge off, so then she wasn't ready for another nap? Or if it really was just needing the binky to transition to sleep time. Either way, we listened to her cry long enough to drive us both batty and then Michael went in to soothe her to sleep.
The pattern stayed the same that evening for bedtime and for today's nap, except I did the soothing routine of Hold Her and Sing Three Ben Harper Songs right at time of put-down instead of waiting for an hour of crying first.
So, how's it going, leaving Binks behind? I have two answers based on time of day. But I'm not discouraged and am proud that my big girl is leaving Binks behind, and am looking forward to not needing to pack it every time we'll be away from the house during sleeping times.