As we approach Rhett's third birthday I have had alot of people ask me when I am going to get rid of his beloved binky. All of my other kids, by the time they were two it was gone. That was the age limit that Andy I felt good about.
With Rhett though things are different, and given his history, I think he deserves a little slack when it come to the comfort items department.
I haven't tried to wean him from it for a few reasons.
- Its a comfort measure to him when he is in the hospital. There aren't many times that you will walk into his room without that thing being in his mouth.
- Where he has his G-tube and doesn't take a whole lot by mouth...(we are working on it and he is doing really good right now,) I think having the binky is a good way to keep those oral muscles going so that he doesn't regress in his eating habits as well as speech.
- When at home, and he is feeling well, he typically only uses it at night or around naptime. I never let him talk with it in his mouth because that's one of my biggest pet peeves ever.
So all that being said, what would you do if you were in our situation? Should I start trying to take it away or should I just not mess with a good thing right now?
It obviously isn't hurting his speech or anything. The goober talks my head off. Do any of you still have kids who are older than two that have a binky?
The above picture was when he was in the PICU after his cord surgery. Notice he has two by him? One in his mouth and one off to the side of his head....this is typical hospital stuff. As soon as anyone walks into his room that binky goes straight into his mouth.
Thank you all so much for the advice. The Binky stays!! It's good to have some positive feedback.
Now......I am thinking of starting the potty training thing after his birthday. I am going to give this one alot of time and not push too hard. But I think if we get him the Elmo potty (look on sidebar) it will be a huge incentive for him.
Rhett says thank you for convincing his mommy not to get rid of his "INKY"!! :)