Friday, May 2, 2008

The Nuk


I admit it, I am the biggest wimp when it comes to taking the nuk away. I know it must be done at some point. My current cut off it when she turns two. She was really good up until the past week having it only for sleeping, in the car and for the occasional tantrums. But I think her molars are coming in and I don't know if the sucking is soothing or what, but she really wants it during the day, and I give in. I take it when we are playing at the park, she puts up a bit of a fight, but eventually gives it up. She has gotten very good at biting down on it so you can't just pull it out. I know I will have to be strong on this soon, but I'm going to let J and the boy be the hard asses right now. I think the boy gets some power trip off of taking it from her, I hate it, really, really hate it.

6 comments:

Mary said...

Thomas is doing the same thing. He was kind of letting it go for a bit a little while ago. Only really taking it at night and nap time. Now he is GLUED to it! He wants it ALL the time. He looks for it and calls it B (binky). My cut off is 2 as well. I try to take it from him when I can. I can not stand when he talks with it in his mouth!!
Good Luck!

Driving With the Brakes On said...

I swore Cooper would be rid of it by 2, but between the addition of Maren, moving, and teething, I gave in and let him keep it until 2 and 1/2. Our breakthrough came the morning he flushed his very last binky down the toilet and said, "Bye, bye binky!" He did great until January, when he decided he should start using one of Maren's binkies . . . morning sickness was kicking my butt, so I gave in. I have given myself until June 1st to wean them both off of it. Best of luck!

(I also wanted to say thank you for all of the kind words and thoughts that you have sent to me and my family during this difficult time. There really aren't any words to adequately describe how grateful I am! And since I am also behind on commenting, congratulations on your running accomplishments! I am incredibly impressed, and am now thinking seriously about setting some running goals of my own - you are an inspiration!)

Cassandra said...

A friend of mine snipped the end off of the paci. Of course she made sure there was NOTHING loose or that could come loose-- but by altering the shape of the end, it wasn't as "soothing" to suck, so her kid gave it up on his own.

Conniecl said...

My experience with this was the earlier you take it away after one year old the easier it is. The older they get the more attitude they have about it. It will take probably a couple of days (usually it is the first one that is the hard one) and then they know you aren't giving in and they give it up.

For the teething, have you tried the teething rings they have? Or Ora-gel to help numb the gums.

jessica said...

i was a wimp with taking away the nuk too but we just gave it to a baby and that was that. monkey doesn't take one and i'm glad. one less thing to worry about, i guess. it'll happen. as long as you're consistent :)

jules said...

My daughter was a thumb sucker, and after her 2yr DR appt I told her she was a big girl now and no more sucking her thumb-whenever I saw her during the day I would remind her nicely-within a wk or two she didn't do it during the day anymore. During the night was hard, she did it in her sleep. Then we took her out of her crib and into a big girl bed (3yrs) and she stopped-weird...