My two-year old did a lot of things early…she walked early, talked early, learned her alphabet early. One thing she did not do early was to get rid of the dreaded BINKY!
We slowly were able to wean her off the binky, putting it away during the day and not allowing it at school or nap time. As she turned two and a half we realized we really needed to relinquish the binky. If you can spell binky, you probably shouldn’t have one!
So, rather than going straight-up cold turkey, we turned to a plan we had successfully implemented in the past. With it being Easter season, we discussed with our two-year old the possibility of giving her binkies to the Easter Bunny so he could recycle them for newborn babies who needed them (this plan worked extremely well with our now six-year old).
At first, our two-year old was angry, “No, Easter Bunny NOT have my binkies!” She even went so far one day as to hide them all so the Easter Bunny wouldn’t be able to find them. But as the week progressed, we talked about newborn babies really needing binkies and ‘Big Girls’ really not needing them. After some negotiating and convincing, she decided she was ready to give away her binkies.
With Easter Eve upon us, we all nervously waited for a huge meltdown and last-minute rescue mission to save the binkies…but it never happened. When it came time to leave out some carrots for the bunny, we rounded up all the binkies, wrote a special note (big sisters are the best!) and moved on!
That night, much to our surprise there was no crying or whining for the binky…I guess when you are two, out of sight really is out of mind?
So just like that, the bunny hopped into our house, checked off another milestone, and turned our baby into a ‘Big Girl!’
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