Looking for advice on how to take away the binky. My darghter is 17 mo. & only has it to go to sleep
Laura - posted on 12/08/2010
Using a binky just at night is a good start, actually. It's a security device for many kids, helping them comfort themselves so they can go to sleep. Is there a particular reason for wanting to take the binky away? Your daughter is still fairly young so I personally don't see a rush to get rid of it, especially since its use is already restricted to bedtime.
If you want to rid her of it, however, you can try swapping it for something else that she can use for security and self-comfort. A stuffed animal or a favorite blanket make good substitutes. Have her help you gather all of her binkies in a bag or container. Put this someplace other than her room. When you put her down for the night, instead of giving her her binky, hand her a substitute item. Don't make a big deal out of the switch--proceed with your normal routine as if nothing has changed. That's all there is to it. There may be tears or she may not even notice--it all depends on the personality of the child. If your daughter does cry and make a huge deal, after a week or so consider giving it back for comfort and try the process again in a few weeks. A lot of developmental stages for kids come and go in fits and starts so parents need to be prepared to stop and start over. Patience is needed, too! Hope this helps and good luck!
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