Weening off the Binkie

Lacey - posted on 09/21/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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So today on the Kidd Kradic show they were talking about weening babies from the binkie. There were some great suggestions, one of which I think I will use when I get ready to have my little man loose his binkie. I'm just worried that its going to hard if I don't do it soon. What are ya'lls thoughts or comments? Did anyone else hear the convo on the radio this morning?

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Trina - posted on 09/22/2009

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What worked for my daughter was poking a hole in the binkie, she didnt like it anymore.

Lacey - posted on 09/22/2009

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The advise on Kidd Kradic that I like was that you tell your child that the binkie needs to go to a more needy child. You have the child tell the binkie(s) buh bye, put them in an envelope and put them in the mail to be sent to foster children that may not have those things.

Stephanie - posted on 09/22/2009

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I heard that if you cut the tip of the binkie they tend to not like the way that it feels....worked for my stepdaughter

Mandy - posted on 09/22/2009

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This may not be a popular response but I am coming from an early childhood development background and have worked with typically developing children as well as children with special needs. Coming from a child development stand point I wouldn't let a child have a binkie past the first 3 to 4 months. Especially not after a year. Typically developing children only need that oral input they are getting from a paci for the first few months. After that they can get any stimulation they need orally through other sources such as teething rings and even through crunchy snacks. I see children for speech therapy all the time who's muscles in their tongues aren't strong enough to form the motions they need for certain sounds because they've had a binkie in their mouth all the time. Plus it's hard to talk when there is one in your mouth. It often causes speech delays, issues with their baby teeth, and a dependence on the binkie rather than learning how to get what they craving in their environment naturally.

Andrea - posted on 09/21/2009

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Don't take the binkie away to soon because he could start sucking on him fingers or thumb, and you can't take them away. The best age I feel is after 2. My son sucked on his finger so much that he was getting welts on them so we gave him a binkie to keep the finger out. About 6 months later we took the binkie away and he has been fine.

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