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Friday, July 30, 2010

Submitted By You Saturdays: Separation Anxiety & Binky Weaning

The weekend is here which means it is your turn to share your two cents worth here on Delicious Ambiguity. 

I recently received an email from a reader who was looking for advice for dealing with her twenty-five month old who is suffering separation issues. After recently weaning off the binky he has become stressed and very anxious in situations that involve other children or whenever his mom leaves the room (even if dad is there).

I have much of the same problem with my twenty-one month old son who follows me around the house all day long and gets hysterical whenever I leave the room or the house. He won't go to sleep anymore unless I hold his hand and refuses to let his dad put him to bed. Although we want to wean the binky as soon as possible I worry that taking his security net away while he is so clingy will just aggravate the issue and make him more stressed and anxious.

Today's Questions:
* How do you know when your child is ready to be weaned off the binky?
*Do you have any tips or advice on how to wean your child off the binky?
*Do you have any tips or advice on how to deal with separation anxiety in young children?

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  1. Well as far as the binky goes...I try not to worry about it so much. I worried about it with my son but now wish I didn't. My daughter is almost 3, and still loves her binky to go to sleep. Why not? It's comforting. She doesn't use it otherwise. It's better than their thumb, which is a harder habit to break. Don't worry...your child won't be sucking on his binky all through high school.

  2. Great topic! I knew my daughter was ready to be weaned from her binky (at rougly 20 months old) when the binky started CAUSING more problems than it was SOLVING. She would wake up in the middle of the night because she couldn't find it... it didn't seem worth the trouble, so we tried snipping off the tip. When that didn't work (only made her mad!), we just took it away! We had a few painful nights, but after about a week, she was sleeping better than ever!


  3. We quit cold turkey! I just went around the house packed them all up and put them in storage (mostly so I couldn't cave and give them to them). My older son was almost 2 and my baby was 3 months. My baby didn't really care that much, but my older one did. He kept asking for one. I just told him they were all gone, and after a couple of days he forgot about it. It was hard, but worth it.

  4. When my son was about 18 months we took his binky away. It was hard the first 2 days, but he quickly adjusted.

    As far as the anxiety...our doctor told us that only way for him to get over it was to see that I would come back. Start with 10 minutes...go for a walk, drive around the block...after 3 days of this add another 5 minutes. It is rough on whoever is at the house, but it is for baby's own good!

    Good luck!

  5. We were down to one sous. When that one got a tear in it we said uh-oh it's broken, better throw it in the garbage! And he did! The same day while doing errands he asked for his sous and I reminded him that it had broke and he'd thrown it away. As soon as we got home he went straight to the garbage can to look for it (luckily we had emptied the garbage already) LOL Now when he askes for sous we offer his other comfort items - a stuffed puppy and blankie.

  6. Neither of my boys were crazy about the binky, but I've heard from a number of people that snipping the tip off the binky helps. It doesn't provide the same sucking that they're used to, and therefore they don't want it... it LOOKS like the same binky, but it doesn't work the same way.

  7. My girls are both big on pacifiers (we call binkies). They are almost 4 and almost 2. My 4 year old has autism and we have found that the binky is extremely soothing and calming for her especially when she gets overwhelmed and has her "moments" so we save them just for that and bedtime. I was concerned about her teeth and our dentist said there was no need to worry until they start loosing teeth. My niece just had the paci fairy visit her house (exchange the pacies for a special gift) and that worked extremely well for her. :)

  8. Thank you all for your tips and advice! It means the world to me to have such support from my readers! :) I can't wait to try out some of your awesome tips.


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