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.