Bink Be Gone
October 26th, 2011
Good thing we took a picture because it’s a sight you won’t see anymore at our house (the binkie, not the snuggling with Papu). I’m ready to pronounce Buggie binkie-free. He’s been clean just over a week, with his last binkie fix taking place last Tuesday night, and I think we’re in the clear.
I expected the de-binkification to be a long and arduous process because Buggie seemed pretty fond of the thing. Unlike Miss Mouse who was never particularly attached to a binkie and who had completely given it up by the age of nine months, I anticipated a fight with my boy child.
It turned out to be pretty anticlimactic.
We’ve been undergoing a whole bedtime transition with my Bed Bug. Around his first birthday, we took away his bedtime bottle, at which point he was completely weaned. We replaced the bottle with a sippy cup and let him drink it while we read stories. Then I’d turn off the lights, give him the pacifier, and rock him for a few minutes until he fell asleep. Buggie was always a good sleeper — five minutes tops and he’d be out cold.
When we took away the bottle, that started to change. He didn’t fall as easily to sleep and would sometimes flail about when I tried to rock him. Then last Tuesday, I bit the bullet and took away the binkie. Interestingly, his response has been to stop wanting to rock. Within a week, his new bedtime routine looks like this:
He’s moved to putting himself to sleep totally without assistance. He usually squawks for about a minute after I leave the room, sometimes less. Then he’s out.
I was flabbergasted by the whole process. I had envisioned having to rock him for eons to get him to fall asleep without the binkie. It never occurred to me that he would opt for a solo bedtime on his own. But I’m definitely not complaining!
We have introduced a brief morning rock, though, since I still want to snuggle. When he comes out of the crib in the morning, we head to the rocking chair for a few minutes, so he can nestle against my shoulder and blink sleepily before we launch into the day.