It's Official: No More Pacifier!

Posted by Jenna | Sunday, March 07, 2010

You may remember me talking about wanting to get rid of our daughter's pacifier last month. If not, you can read about it here. Kaelyn only had her pacifier at night time, but was still very attached to it. There were some major changes between potty training, moving to her big girl bed, and a new little brother...which put off the 'weaning' process until just recently. Being two years old, I knew it was time, but wasn't quite sure the best way to go about it. Thanks to many of you who commented with your experiences and thoughts on the issue, I quickly realized that 'cold turkey' was our best bet.

Kaelyn around 4 months old
We wanted to be sure that when we took it, she had something meaningful to have with her at night (a stuffed animal or something) to take its place. We weren't sure what to do, and then someone gave us a great idea...Build-A-Bear! Why didn't I think of that?! We took Kaelyn to Build-A-Bear yesterday and let her pick out and make her very own animal (she picked a monkey). When it came time to stuff the monkey, she grabbed her pacifiers and stuck them inside. It was such a proud moment for me to watch!

Making her 'Build-A-Bear' monkey
Putting one of her pacifiers in the monkey

She picked out some pajamas for her (since the idea was to have something for bedtime in place of the pacifier) and named her Boppy since she always called her pacifiers 'bops'.

Meet Boppy :)
Everything was going great...she didn't fuss once about putting her 'bops' in the monkey. But, the true test was not whether she could part with them for the was night time that we were really wondering about. Bedtime came and as she crawled into bed she asked where her pacifiers were. We reminded her where they were and that now she had a new special friend to sleep with at night. That was it...not another word was said about her pacifiers. She laid her monkey by her, we read a story and she said 'Night Mommy'. I was floored...was it really going to be that easy?! We thought she may wake up in the night crying, but again, nothing. She handled it like such a big girl!

I am so glad that someone gave us the idea of the Build-A-Bear. I think it was a great way to make her a part of the whole process so she understood what was going on each step of the way. It allowed for us to take her bops cold turkey while still giving her the comfort of knowing that they're always with her, and best of all...she now has something special to take its place.

  1. Mommy to a lil lady[bug] March 7, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

    That was such a great idea Im so glad it worked out!

  2. That one girl March 7, 2010 at 2:45 PM  

    Yeah, that is an AWESOME idea! What a big girl!!!

  3. Dana March 7, 2010 at 7:57 PM  

    Awww..that is great. I love the name Boppy for the monkey too! What a big girl!

  4. Lindsey March 7, 2010 at 9:51 PM  

    Oh my goodness, that is awesome! And you've just given me a plan I can look forward to when I'm ready to wean my little one. :-) She's going to be two in two months, but I think I'll wait until she's about 2 1/2. Right now she doesn't talk a lot and I'm thinking she'll be more ready about then. :-) Awesome post!

  5. Terra H. March 8, 2010 at 12:20 AM  

    What a great idea and one I never would have thought of. Will definitely pass that idea to others. Thanks.

  6. Anonymous March 8, 2010 at 8:21 PM  

    As a Build-A-Bear employee, I can tell you that you make our days as well. I got to do this for a different little girl only a couple of months ago and it was the most adorable thing I've seen when she turned to Mommy afterwards and asked "I'm a big girl now?"

    We are more than happy to make these moments come to life. Thank you for giving us the opportunity!

  7. BabeeLove March 9, 2010 at 11:25 PM  

    That is a GREAT idea!! I'm so glad she is pacifier free :)

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