This morning I was just sharing what I’ve read on weaning toddlers and preschoolers off their pacifiers to Sok Chea.
FYI, Edward is an avid ‘addict’ of the pacifier. Lately, especially since he has had a brother, he has been finding comfort in his pacifier.
He asks for it when he feels down. He cries for it when he gets hurt. He will remember it when he feels sleepy. He needs it whenever we are out and are headed back home on the taxi. He totally can’t fall asleep without IT.
Well, as I was sharing with Sok Chea one of the tactics of weaning a child off the pacifier mentioned in the book, he jokingly applied the tactic with Edward (we didn’t plan on weaning him right there and then). One way was to tell the child that the pacifier was dirty/torn and needs to be thrown away. Bring the child to the rubbish bin together and say his final goodbye to his beloved pacifier.
Sok Chea jokingly told Edward to throw his pacifier away. He threw it onto the floor. Wanted to pick it up again but we reminded him that he has already thrown it away. NOTE: Edward understands the concept of ‘throwing things away’, it means it’s no longer wanted.From then on he was on his way to being weaned!
As the day passed by, he hardly asked for it.
He fell down hurt but didn’t ask for it. I was so proud of him.
He started saying its name but ended up singing a song after that, trying to make himself forget.
He hit his head against the wall, cried a little, but not a single word about his pacifier.
He got scared by the water spray in the bath, asked for it, but didn’t insist. Continued playing with his bath toys.
He didn’t ask for it while dressing up for bed (normally it’s already in his mouth by this time)
After bedtime story, he asked for it. But he didn’t insist. He had milk, water, and fell asleep right away.
I can’t tell you how proud I am.
He is less than 2 years old (22 months old), yet he has so so much self control. He is such a strong toddler.
I love him so much. And today I know my son a little bit better. I am starting to see a glimpse of what kind of man he will grow into 🙂
A few things we did during he day:
We told Him to mimick sucking when he misses his pacifier.
We went out to buy him Nemo soft toy and we told him from now on he will sleep with Nemo. (he wanted Nemo a long time ago)
We told him to squeeze nemo’s tail in rhythms whenever he feels sleepy. It might help distract him from thinking of his pacifier.
Daddy said, even though this may only last for one day, we are still very proud of him that he has tried his very best!