Pacifiers have come to be known, in some areas, as “binkies.” I heard that there was probably a Binky brand that used to produce pacifiers. They are popular infant soothing tools and most hospitals even send one home with you and your newborn.
Many children are attached to their binky/binkie, and have trouble when it is removed from their life. Why remove them? I don’t believe it’s a matter of trying to be cruel to the child or eliminate things that give them comfort. But in terms of their oral health, I do believe that phasing out pacifiers and thumb and finger sucking is beneficial, and the earlier that it can be done, the better.
My daughter Natalie is old enough to ask for her binky and I’d like to wean her off using it or even asking for it. She has more than one. She still talks while it is in her mouth. I don’t give it to her, except at night.
I read an idea recently in a parental magazine that suggested a creative way of transitioning away from binky use – it’s called “The Binky Plant” or “Binky Flower.” Great idea!
With your binky-using child, plant some flower seeds ALONG with the binkies, in a planting pot with soil. Water and follow the seed directions for sun exposure, etc. Your child will see that their binkies have turned into beautiful flowers and they will have enjoyed the process and hopefully will no longer be asking for a binky, since they have seen that it is now transformed.
Now, I haven’t tried this yet, but I will and I can report on the progress. If luck is on my side, I can even avoid killing the plant with my horrible, “un-green thumb.”