Saturday, August 06, 2005

Breaking the Binky Habit

Neither of my boys has been big on binkies. We tried them with Carter and the were literally projectiles that he would launch from his mouth to the wall across the room. Brady used them a little when he was a newborn, but we never let him make a habit of them. When Brady was having difficulty adjusting to daycare, his doctor advised us to try a binky to help him sooth himself. We did, it helped some but time was the real key for that adjustment.

What it did do was create a big attachment to binkies at the age of two. If it were up to him he would have one in his mouth 24 hours a day. Of course, his doctor says it's fine and that he'll break himself of the habit when he's ready. His doctor has never stood in line at the grocery store or the post office facing the disapproving stares of previous generations mother's (aka - grandmas that will tell you at a drop of a hat how their babies were toilet trained at 18 months old).

So one of these helpful women starting giving me "advise" in the grocery store the other day. A day in which I had worked 10 hours starting at 5 AM and was now trying to navigate getting the evenings groceries with a pre-schooler and toddler and still keep a remnant of my sanity. Now normally she would get a polite "Thank you for your advise" and fake smile. Not today... we'll just say she'll probably mind her own business next time she wants to dole out unwarranted advise.

Anyway before I need to have another run in with a well meaning stranger, the time has come to break the binky habit. Regardless of the tears that ensue everytime we leave the house, Brady is limited to binky use on family property only and we will soon be moving to quiet time and bedtime only.

I must be strong. Poor boy has been through alot of adjustments in the last couple of months, but breaking the binky habit is a necessary step and we'll both make it through it.


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