Just Wondering when you little ones stopped using the binky?

Shannintipton - posted on 11/11/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Both of mine, one boy and one girl, stopped at the magic number of five years old. I heard a lot of crap about it too. But on their fifth birthday I told them that it was time to stop using it. And they did. I tried before the fifth b-day but they both said I will stop on my birthday. So they new they had a little more time left and then it was all over. I was wonder how and when did you stop the binkies with your little ones. Thanks.

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Sherri - posted on 11/11/2011

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4mo's old for all of mine that used one at all. We are not fans of them in our home and try to get rid of them as soon as humanly possible so no attachments are made.

Katie - posted on 11/11/2011

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When my daughter was two and a half I told her that the there were lots of little babies in the world who needed binkies and so the binkie fairy was going to come and take her binkies that night and leave her a small big girl present. It worked like a charm and as she started seeing other things in the house that were for younger babies she started suggesting on her own that we should give them to little babies too.

Katherine - posted on 11/11/2011

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lol @ Shelly, it so true, My son does sleep through the night about 98% of the time.....thats actually the truth....if he's teething or growing it's not that good!!! But almost nightly i get at least 7-8 hours of sleep, un interupted myself!!!!

And he sleeps in his own bed....never slept in mine, unless I was nursing but that was awhile ago. he never ventures in now. but thats my bed rules.

But parents tell little white lies all the time......i think its how their programed

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They were weaned to just the bed by or before 18 months (it's been a LONG time, so I don't remember that part exactly) and fully binky weaned about 3 weeks before their 2nd birthday.

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My husband often makes comments like "well so & so's kid doesn't---fill in the blank---" I told him that often other parents will flat out lie. Sure their infant sleeps thru the night 100% of the time, they never use a pacifer, they have never had a tantrum, and sleep in their own bed 100% of the time. Sure some kids do, but a lot of things we just don't mention or let them do in public.

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Shannintipton - posted on 11/13/2011

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Katie, I love that story. I wish I had thought of that. Maybe we can do that with a lot of her baby toys. I will give it a try. Thanks for the idea. I will let you know how it works out. If I remember to do it that is. Thanks :)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/11/2011

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My son was 3 yrs 8 months....he loved chewing gum....so that was the bribe. Worked like a charm.

Shannintipton - posted on 11/11/2011

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We guarded a blankie with our lives too. Thank God Nana got us two of the exact ones. So we could wash one and have a spare. Nothing else would work. Tyler was different. He would take any cloth diaper and we had tons of those. But Tarahs blankies we guarded like gold too.

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I have tried sooo many times to poke a tiny hole in the tip of the soothie's that my girl likes & the only person I am hurting is myself! "Blah NO MAMA not this one, I need BING BING!!!" Insert image of hot, sweating, wailing & hyperventilating child who has now woke up the 2 other children who is about to vomit & I am now having to do a mad search for a new bing bing praying to find one knowing that if I had just given her the "bing bing" she would have been asleep hours ago & my neighbors must think I am beating her to death with her own arm.

I actually have her on video the first time she discovered "bing-bing" at about 6 months, prior to that she never cared.

My 2 year old has "bang-kit" a blanket we guard like gold that is her soothie that has been discontinued in all stores. As well as "yeah-dee bug" a buck wheat filled lady bug that if I lost I can only get off the internet.

My girls teeth are slightly bucked, but they tell me it will clear up on its own.

Katherine - posted on 11/11/2011

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We only use ours for car rides, in the stroller (if he's REALLY loud), naps and night time. I NEVER wanted to use one, but found that it kept us sane as well!!!

I def don't look down on those who use them, they have their place and parents at times need them to keep sane!! Been there!!!

I would start cutting the tip off, each day/couple of days/week or whatever snip a bit more off, eventually they will not enjoy it anymore

Shannintipton - posted on 11/11/2011

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Shelly I agree with you. My daughters teeth started to be bucked and it was very noticeable so we tried to no avail. But now that she has stopped using it at age five. It is like she has grown into her teeth. They are not as bucked as before. They look normal now. I would not have believed it if I had not seen it with my own eyes. And everyone is stress free now. Except maybe the orthodontist that she might have had to see because of her bucked teeth. LOL

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I have spoken to 3 dentists, the last one being our daughters pediatric dentist who said that as long as she stopped using it before her adult teeth grew in that she would be fine.



I spoke to her peds dr who told me that if removing her beloved "BING-BING!" caused her too much distress it was counter productive & let her have it back because it is how she copes with stress.



I tried multiple times to get her to stop using it & no rationing with her over it, she is 3 about to be 4. She is not allowed to use it outside of home or outside of the car & she is ok with that (huge progress)



Everyone told me not to worry that she wouldn't be going off to college with it & her teeth will be fine.

Shannintipton - posted on 11/11/2011

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I know I waited too long Katherine but I chose my sanity over peoples comments. LOL We did ween it down to just the house and then bed time for the last half of it. We Did Not Go Out In Public After Age Two. Just saying. I think the earlier the better. I like your plan. I got to a point that they had their own opinion and had to deal with it. So I waited so long I could reason with them. LOL That is toooo long. ha ha If I waited any longer, they would have had negations about it. LOL

Katherine - posted on 11/11/2011

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I'm going to start weening him off of it shortly, he's 8 months old right now, I'd like him to be full off of it by time he reaches a year old

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