But three things encouraged us to try this weekend.
First, late last week someone commented on my blog post with the idea of trading a soother for a toy at bedtime. It worked perfectly for her and seemed rather painless for everyone. For some reason this idea just spoke to us. So, we decided we’d give it a try once we were committed to actually taking the soother away.
Then, on Saturday, Little MPB found a soother in his playroom. As he isn’t allowed them during the day, we normally just take it away from him. But, Mr. MPB took a different approach. He explained to Little MPB that he would read stories but only if Little MPB didn’t have a soother in his mouth. And so Little MPB happily went and put his soother on his book shelf and returned to Mr. MPB with a book. Of course they then proceed to read stories together. So, clearly Little MPB understands not having a soother and is willing to part with it.
Oh, and both Mr. MPB and I were both home to suffer through the horrible sleepless nights that were bound to happen.
So, it was time.
Then, at bedtime we simply offered Little MPB a stuffed bunny rabbit in exchange for his soother. He took the bait! He handed over the soother and promptly snuggled the bunny. He was asleep within 5 minutes and he slept through the entire night. Absolutely no issues. (As a bonus the bunny was a baby gift that was at the bottom of his toy bin which meant it was something he already owned and just forgot about. So, it was actually a free bribery toy!)
Sunday nap time did not go so well. There were lots of tears and not a lot of sleep.
But, as we are committed to this now, Sunday night we stuck to our decision. As we put Little MPB to bed, we gave him his bunny and told him to snuggle his bunny tonight. Little MPB didn’t even ask for his soother and instead he went right to sleep. Once again, he slept through the entire night.
As of this morning, we no longer have any soothers in the house. I threw them all out. So, here’s to hoping tonight goes well, because there is no going back now!
And I have to admit, I’m feeling a little sad right now. This is just one more sign that my baby boy is truly growing up.
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