Operation Binky Removal :: It Begins (and yes, our 2 year old still loves her binky)


In an effort to not put too much pressure on myself as a Mom (and out of fear of failure once I started sharing this series), I have documented “Operation Binky Removal” since the day we started and chose not to publish my postings until now.  I share so much, so openly, and for some reason Abby’s binky usage (and taking it away) wasn’t something I wanted to share until we’d experienced success. As you can see from the following photo, Abby just packaged up her last binky and sent it on its way. We’ve experienced success.


With that said, please enjoy the first chapter of the saga, Operation Binky Removal” – your judgement can begin now.



Where do I begin?

I suppose I’ll start with the truth :: our 26 month old still uses a binky

November 2012 (almost 2 years old)

November 2012 (almost 2 years old)

She doesn’t just use it. She LOVES it. She naps with it, sleeps with it at night, uses it in the car and on long rides in the stroller…she shares it with her stuffed animals, she tries to share it with us, and she even tries to teach her sister how to use one (no success on that one, thank goodness).


When she gets hurt or is having a rough time with her molars, she wants her binky (which she calls “bean-ty”).  It’s her security blanket. Her lifeline.

We’ve known that the end has been near for a long time now (I remember saying we’d work on that when she turned one but there was NO way that was happening). The problem is we’ve had a hard time taking it away. It’s been a fear of the unknown more than anything else.

And quite honestly, we’ve always been concerned more about what other people think about her binky usage and that’s why we wanted her to stop using it. We realized a while back that that reason in itself wasn’t good enough. We knew we had to wait until WE wanted her to stop using it.

We’ve officially reached that point. We want our amazing daughter to stop relying on her binky (just think of how extra amazing the first photo up there would have been had she not had a binky in her mouth). We want people to see her beautiful smile all the time. We want her to continue to work hard on her ever expanding vocabulary and we wouldn’t want a silly little binky to hold her back from that. We want the dentist to look at her teeth and not even notice that she ever used a binky.

And so it begins.

After consulting with a few parents (the ones who I felt comfortable talking with because I wasn’t afraid they’d judge us) and the pediatrician we saw in Atlanta, we’ve decided that our strategy will be as follows ::

Step 1 :: Explain to Abby what is about to happen (not that she’ll completely understand)

Step 2 :: Lay the ground rules :: binky usage is only for nap-time and nighttime

Step 3 :: Sound like a broken record by saying things like, “You’re a big girl now and binkies are for little babies” and “Binky is for nap-time and nighttime now”

Step 4 :: Over the weekend, (the doctor said after a week of only sleep-time usage, she’ll be much less attached), collect all binkies, package them up, and send them away to someone (maybe her cousin, maybe the doctor, maybe the dentist, etc).

Step 5 :: No binky usage ever (a scary thought for a Mommy who has allowed her 2 year old to grow so attached)

So far we’re two hours into Operation Binky Removal and we’ve already experienced some severe withdrawals and leg kicking. Not surprising. Also not surprising is the fact that it’s 7am and Abby is already napping (she did wake up for the day at 4am since we just got back from a 6 week trip in Atlanta).

I wouldn’t be surprised if she napped all day just so she could hang out with her binky. haha…this will be one heck of a week!

Stay tuned for updates and hopefully one day soon we’ll be able to celebrate the death of the binky!


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5 Responses

  1. Jennifer Flippen says:

    We are in the midst of the same battle. Xander (now 2) loves his binkie. Haven (now 1) couldn’t care less until her teething got to be really painful. That’s when Haven took the binkie out of Xander’s mouth and decided that she now wanted to use one. (I didn’t see that one coming). We still have two binkies in the house as a back up for when one of them is sick and miserable, but they won’t be around for much longer.

    With my little ones only 12.5 months apart in age, the bottle and binkie removal process has been extra difficult. These two always want what the other one has. They will both drink anything from any sippy cup, straw cup or regular cup, but they want their milk in a bottle. It’s really hard to get the point through to the older one that he is a “big boy” and doesn’t need it anymore. Then, just when you think you’ve got it, he goes and takes the milk bottle from his baby sister and we start all over again.

    The next big undertaking is potty training with Xander. We are in the very beginning stages and Xander has chosen his own special toilet seat. I won’t go into detail from there, but since Haven is at least a year away from this milestone, this is one for Xander to have to himself for a while. Fingers crossed and wish me luck.

    • 7x7xMommy says:

      Having your kids that close together must present many challenges…I can’t even imagine! More power to ya!

      You’ll have to let me know how the potty training goes – I wish you luck. That’s the next thing on our list as well, but I’m trying not to put too much pressure on Abby. Sometimes she’s interested, sometimes she isn’t. We’ll see when it actually happens.

      If it’s not one thing, it’s another! The joys of parenting.

      We can do it. 🙂

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