We have ourselves in a bit of a pickle with Austin. You see he has always had a special place in his heart for his binky. We knew the time would come when we would need to end this love affair, but it never seemed to be a good time. Two seemed to be a good time to "wean" him, but since Mia was about to be born and that would be a lot of change at once, we let it go. However, now we are getting closer and closer to two and a half and there are really no more excuses.
Especially since he shamelessly walks around with it as much as possible. Here he is displaying his favorite pink one. He used to be very agreeable to the terms of the binky which were to only have it while sleeping or in the car (resulting in sleeping). But, since Mia was born he has become outright defiant and wants it in his mouth all the time. He will walk up three flights of stairs to his room to find one when the mood strikes him. He wants to be a big boy and do big boy things, but not without his precious binky. Here you can see that he wants to wear Mommy's flip flops, but the fashion statement wouldn't be complete without the pink binky as an accessory.
Frankly, we are tired of keeping up with the binkies. Looking for binkies, washing binkies, retrieving binkies in the middle of the night, enough is enough. The tug of war must end! But how to go about removing them is the question.
We have heard people puncture the binky or cut the tip off, so it doesn't feel the same and provides less comfort. Then there are the poor kids in Africa who need binkies (well that is the story anyway), but he is too young to understand the whole logical reasoning route. The pediatrician suggested going cold turkey, but warned that it would likely be up to a week of "hell". But it does need to end because it may interfere with his speech, teeth, etc. Not to mention that he is so much cuter without one of those things in his mouth.
So, I ask you....any suggestions or opinions on this matter?