2 yr old and her stuffed animal, DRIVING ME NUTS!

Danicia - posted on 10/06/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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so my 2yr old daughter loves this stuffed pig (Mr. Pigglesworth is his name, Mr. Pig for short) which is awesome she has a lovey. what's not awesome is that she sucks on Mr. Pigs' left ear and only his left ear. when she climbs into your lap with the pig, you have to watch out or you will get slogged by a slimy, stinky ear. we wash it every couple days and she knows that Pig is not allowed out of the house. The problem we are having is that she is using this stuffed pig as a toy and a pacifier (she never liked pacis). I don't want to take away her fav toy but the wet ear is just fowl. she won't go to sleep if she doesn't have the pigs ear to suck on.
I have soaked the pigs ear in vinegar, she just gave me a nasty look and continued sucking it. same result when I tried making it taste like dish soap. I've debated about cutting the ear off or sewing it to the pigs head- she has never sucked the other ear. I want the habit gone b/c just recently she has started sucking her fingers when the pig is unavailable. cotton is not going to damage her teeth (according to the dentist), but fingers are not going to help them grow correctly. any suggestions?!

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Denikka - posted on 10/08/2013

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Do NOT take away her stuffy!! I HATE it when people suggest that!
I had a blanket when I was young that my mother decided I was too old to have (I may have been about 3yrs old at the time). She took it and threw it out. My god I can remember how much I hated her at that time and I still have bad feelings about it.

How would you like it if someone just decided to take your most precious belonging and throw it out? Just because THEY felt you shouldn't have it anymore.

My son has started sucking on/chewing the ear of his stuffed bear. I know how you feel. it's gross. My son's a bit older (he's 4.5), but the behavior has only started within the past 4-6 weeks or so.
What I would suggest is to limit the time she's allowed to have Mr. Pig. Only let her have it during nap time and at bed time. She'll outgrow the sucking/chewing. Until then, let her have her lovey, but that doesn't mean you need the slime trails along with that :P

User - posted on 10/12/2013

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wow theres so many different ways lol i tought my son not to put anything in his mouth but food and drinks tooth brushes i wouldnt take it away for ever but maybe try doing what you do when she puts her fingers in her mouth, but if she keeps doing it take it away and say ok now mr pig gos on time out lol and let it be their for a little bit give it back and tell her he was on time out cause you sucked on him thats not nice it worked for my son when he would throw things he stopped cause he said it hurt the toys feelings lol hes now 10 and trying to teach his 10 month old sister the same she learning not to put things in her mouth lol

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User - posted on 10/10/2013

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I think you are doing the right thing. I must say I am so glad my son doesnt do that, but I do sympathize with how hard it is in this situation. I agree that she should have her stuffed animal. My son has several, never thought I'd have a boy like him lol, but he has a marching band doll (from my H.S, thats the only reason he has one) and he changes its diaper, goes the whole 9 yards with wipes and everything, lol and the dolls name is his name, he chose it lol. I am not fond of him having a doll, but it is a male, and hes not in any bit "feminine" about it so I let him keep it. Now if he did start sucking on any body part, thats prob time to detach, as in your situation. But surely keeping it away will help her disconnect in a way enough so shes not sucking on it all the time and you dont have to worry about being clobbered by spit (my hubby would have thrown it away if he got hit with spit like that lol). Its good your not taking it fully away, although with the sleeping habits, if shes still sucking on it to fall asleep, it might be a problem one day when shes not able to have it, maybe once shes adjusted to not sucking on it during the day, start on nights and put it away and try to replace it with something else that is comforting that you now she wont suck on, then slowly let her have it back when you feel its safe she wont start the habit back
Hope the Best! God Bless

Denikka - posted on 10/09/2013

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It's their first comfort. Nursing is about the only thing they can do for the first few months. It gives them that sense of all their needs being met (fed, warm against a body, can heart the heartbeat, smell a familiar and comforting scent, etc)
Some kids hold onto that comfort for longer than others, but 2 years old is really not anywhere near the longer end of things. If she was 7, 8, 9 years old, then there may be some concerns that she hasn't found other comfort behaviors, but at 2, she's really still a baby :)

Danicia - posted on 10/09/2013

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we have started putting the pig on the fridge or in the closet during the days and letting her have it at sleep time in her room. On the fingers, she gets told to get them out of her mouth and she usually complies. why do kids find it so desirable to suck on stuff for so long?!

Julie A - posted on 10/06/2013

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Ha. My daughter just turned 2. Out of sight, out of mind. Take mr. Pig and put him in the trash. Or put him away,way up in the closet. Let her cry, kick and scream all she wants. As for the fingers, be consistent on telling her no. Explain to her fingers are not for sucking. She will Understand, trust me. Don't let her fool you, they are smart even at this young age. That's what I would do. Good luck . Keep us posted.

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