Weaning… at 27 months

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Spending the Easter long weekend helping my mom move meant that I missed my usual Friday posting, but it in the end it also provided the topic for this delayed posting.

In another example of parenting by accident, I forgot to bring the girls’ soothers with us to mom’s house. I realized this just as we arrived.  I briefly considered going out and buying some new ones, but this seemed like the perfect opportunity to wean them from their soothers.  Being in a different context and being exhausted from playing outside with their cousins might be the perfect time to take on the soother challenge.

This was a completely new challenge for us.  Big Brother had used a soother, but when his teeth came in around six months, he stopped using it. We didn’t have to do anything to limit or terminate his soother use.  It wasn’t until I was shopping for soothers for the girls that I discovered that soothers come in different sizes.  They actually come in lots of sizes for mouths much bigger than newborn size.

So far, our approach to the soother situation had been to limit soothers to in bed and in the car where they would hopefully sleep.  A couple of months ago, I brought the soothers from the car inside to clean, and they didn’t get taken out again.  So, once again the parenting by accident approach, produced results. I’d been thinking about weaning at naptime as a next step, but with a new babysitter and naps getting less frequent I hadn’t made any definite plans.

I’m sure you’re anxious to hear how this project turned out.  Friday at naptime we explained that Nana didn’t have any soothers at her house.  There was some fussing and crying but they both eventually settled for a short nap.  By bedtime Friday, they were tired out from playing outside.  They took quite a while to settle to sleep.  We had to give another round of cuddles before they would settle to sleep.  Saturday they napped at their other grandparents.  Saturday night, there was a short discussion about soothers before bed but they went to sleep quickly.  Last night we repeated the same story about no soothers at Nana’s.  The test, of course, will be today when we are back at home. I’ll have to sneak in and remove all the soothers before the girls get inside and find them.  Hopefully, the long weekend of packing boxes will be worth it, and we’ll be soother free.  And as you can see, they don’t seem to traumatized by the experience.

Two soother-free little girls
Two soother-free little girls

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5 thoughts on “Weaning… at 27 months”

  1. This is a good little inspiration for me, as my girls are two and a half and are addicticted to their “Nuks”. I’m so scared that with out the pacifiers their naps and nightime sleep will fall apart, but its near time for them to go!
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  2. I’m one of those parents that has chosen to not worry too much about weaning from binkies and bottles. My 2.5 year old still loves hers and they are incredibly comforting to her. They mostly stay in bed and in the car, but not always. The only reason I see to take it away is social acceptance, but then people are really only judging me as her mother, not her. Her twin brothers weaned from binkies at 9 months. One got RSV and was so congested that he couldn’t sleep with it. The other weaned when we did some sleep training. I didn’t take it away, he just wouldn’t put it in his mouth on his own. I don’t know. Maybe at some point I’ll take the binkies away, but it really doesn’t bother me that she has something that comforts her. To me, it’s no different than a blankie or lovey.
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  3. My boys are 25 months old and only get their pacifiers at naptime and bedtime. They had their first appointment with the pediatric dentist last month and she surprised me by saying that they can keep sucking for another year.

  4. Ah, yes, we did the binkie Fairy too – around age 3. They were in big kid beds and there was lots of crying (even though they knew they were getting an elmo out of the deal!), but I stayed in bed and snuggled with them until they settled down. It was 2-3 nights of that before they were ok with doing it on their own. One note though, there was a price to pay as they would not go to sleep for naps after that, but they were having a hard time before anyway -so no surprise there I guess.
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