Then an amazing friend gave me this adorable giraffe Wubbanub and told me how much her daughter loved it–playing with the animal and using the paci part when she needed it.
My hesitation about pacifiers went out the window.
These pacifiers are genius. The paci part itself is the same as the Soothie brand we got at the hospital–i.e., the only kind she has ever used, even though we have others for her at home.
The animal attached is a little friend, making it hard to lose the paci. And the animal weighs down the paci in the baby’s mouth — which means it doesn’t fall out (KEY with a new baby who can’t stuff it back in). By the time she was maybe three or four months old (I can’t remember), Maya could put it back in her own mouth even if it did fall out.
Maya took to it right away … She loves to suck and Giraffe helps her sleep at night. She carries him with her all day … holding him, sucking on his legs/feet, petting his ears … it’s the cutest thing ever. Sometimes I even see her twirling him on the webcam at babyschool! Because he does go to babyschool, too, and we only have one — Giraffe has multiple baths a week.
He is, in every sense of the word, her first lovie. She can sleep without him … but she always ends up finding him in her crib–usually he ends up under her arm or near her face.
Point is, she loves Giraffe.
We aren’t at the stage yet where she deliberately throws him (she has dropped him on occasion, realizing we will give him back and then she collapses into giggles), but I imagine if at some point we took him away for some reason, she’d be sad.
But the best part, what I’m seeing now, is when we’re done with the pacifier part, it can be cut off and Giraffe (in all his pilled, faded, rubbed-and-loved glory) can still be her lovey and her BFF.
We aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to her paci just yet … I think at one year we will be done with the pacifier … but I’m wondering how other people have done this.
Maya isn’t super-dependent on Giraffe, but it’s clear he brings her comfort at night or if she is sick. And now that I’m (officially, finally) done nursing, it’s not like I can offer her myself in that sense.
So, in the words of sleep training, do we follow the gradual extinction method or go for full-on extinction (i.e., cold turkey)? What works best?
My thinking now is, at the year mark (on or about) cut off the Soothie part and let her continue to love on Giraffe … has anyone done this with a Wubbanub? Any tips to share?
How about you? How and when did you wean your little one off his or her pacifier? What strategies worked best?