I've been putting off the battle over the pacifier for awhile now. My daughter just turned 2 and I was just waiting to psych myself up enough to be ready to handle the crying, the guilt, the sleepless nights, the disturbance in nap schedules.
Well a funny thing happened this week...my daughter managed to lose all 3 of her pacifiers in the few hours between waking up in the morning and nap time.
So when it came time to put her down for her nap, I told her we couldn't find her pacifiers and she'd have to sleep without one. Can you guess what happened next? She took a nap without her pacifier! Without me having to rock her to sleep, without any drama, without me having to stay in the room with her, without any extra bells a whistles at all...and without her pacifier! It's been about 4 days without the pacifier and it's as if she never had one
I guess it's like so many other milestones in our children's lives...they're ready for them a lot sooner than we are (sniff, sniff...).