This past weekend our family took the plunge: We weaned our 20-month old off the pacifier. I say “wean,” but the reality is we went cold-turkey. I didn’t have the patience for a more subtle approach or the time to formulate some complicated plan.
Saturday morning was game-time so my daughter and I sat together on the couch to watch a YouTube video of Elmo’s “Bye Bye Binky” song. I searched her face for buy-in and she honestly looked intrigued. After she watched the clip we collected her binkies in a little bag and I asked, “Can you say bye-bye to your binkies and throw them away? Just like Elmo?” She looked curiously at me, like it was a game, then confidently said, “Yes.” She clutched the bag in her tiny hand, held it above the trash, released her grip, and away they went. She waved with a smile, “Bye-bye binkies,” then ran off to play.… Read more