After three days of hard-fought afternoon binky battles involving an overtired three year old,
After seven separate wake up calls for binky rescues the night before last,
After watching a certain Leonardo DiCaprio film,
Chad and I were chatting about our current binky situation. Both girls LOVE their binkies. A perpetual habit which I must accept blame for ... at least I've been very firm about only allowing the binky in bed/crib. My girls don't walk around with a binky in their mouth. But they do depend (heavily) on that piece of rubber to put themselves to sleep.
Natalie has been a good sleeper since the age of about 10-months - and was putting herself to sleep starting at about 3 or 4 months. She typically sleeps 12+ hours a night. Until about three weeks ago, she took a three hour nap, too. In my mind, getting tough about that binky means losing my good sleeper.
And I said I wouldn't make this same mistake with our second, but here I am again. Charlotte was born 4 weeks early and needed practice with sucking. There is also some research that supports the use of a pacifier at bedtime reduces your baby's risk of SIDS. All of which seemed to justify giving Charlotte a binky when she was an infant. Now that she's 14-months old (today!) and very attached to that darn thing and (finally) teething, I just don't know what to do!
When it occurred to us ... perhaps the answer is to make it their idea to give up the binky. We need to plant the seed and wait for it to grow within their own subconscious. Yes, folks, we need ourselves a Binky Inception! Brilliant, right?!