At Charlotte's 2 year doctor visit we learned that we were "supposed" to take it away from 18mo - 24mo. Opps! She's gotten increasingly dependent on it and wanting it all day long even when I tried to keep it only for bedtime.
I received many great suggestions in an earlier post this week and appreciate all the advice! Here is our approach:
Day 1 - take it away after first bottle, Wednesday. Husband stayed home with her and she got increasingly aggressive throughout the day but he stayed steady and never gave in.
Day 2 & 3 - no paci
We are keeping her busy and distracted and for the most part she's fine until bedtime where it was really a comfort and consoling thing. I note that Lindsay from Suburban Turmoil still gives her son a paci around bedtime but for us it's not going to work because then she wants it all day and looks for it throughout the day so we've found it's best to just erase the memory of the paci.
Today is my first day with her post-paci and I'm not going to drive far; it was something that kept her calm in the car and is going to be challenging without.
If there are any art therapist out there I'd love to get feedback on the following artwork:
PRE-PACI ART - calm colors
POST-PACI ART - aggressive colors, pressing very hard with the crayons
note - husband helped add minor details to the last art to make the characters appear around Charlotte's art.