So now that Bree is turning 2, we decided it was time to break the pacifier habit. She would look for it every time she was going to sleep at night or taking a nap. She would ask for her bear (not the one in the picture) and paci. When she was around the age of 1 she weaned herself off of it a bit where she would only really need it at sleep time but not need it the rest of the day for comfort. We had a feeling it would be a rough habit to break, and were we right about that! We were ready for this to be over. We were tired of losing it and having to scurry to find one of them somewhere so she could fall asleep. We were tired of getting up in the middle of the night, sometimes multiple times, to give her the dropped paci. We all needed to work on a better night sleep.
Friday night was the first night without the paci and it was very difficult. Bree did NOT want to sleep. It was at least a good half hour of Bree screaming herself to sleep. She asked for it a couple times before bed but not really at all during the screaming process, but you can tell she was uncomfortable. The good thing though is that she slept all night. We didn't hear her wake up in the middle of the night looking for a dropped pacifier because it wasn't there.
Day 2 was a bit rough. The was the first time trying to nap without paci and it didn't matter how tired she was, Bree just would not nap. We tried and tried and she just refused. Eventually we just gave up and she ended up not having a nap at all on Saturday. Saturday night was much easier than Friday night. She yelled for a few minutes but then went to sleep. She may have also just still been so tired from the day that she didn't have the energy to fight it. With not having a nap she just did not have much energy to fight the sleep at night.
Sunday was another rough day. She screamed probably almost an hr and trying to find every excuse how to get us in her room and ask to get out. Eventually we just gave up and took her to the park and to lunch and by the time we got home she was so tired she didn't have the energy to fight anymore. Sunday night again was another fight. Probably a good 20-30min of screaming before quieted down and quieted down. At this point Bree is not asking for her paci but is still having a rough go at falling asleep.
Thank goodness for the long weekend, which is why we chose Labor day weekend so we can have that one extra night of training and sleep to work on this. Monday nap time went a little better. Her nap is getting later so she can get more tire and fight it less. She did cry for a few minutes but she quieted pretty quickly and eventually fell asleep. Phew!!
Monday nights and Tuesday nights were much easier ventures. Monday she was quiet but was up for probably a good hour playing with her stuffed friends and singing with them. At this point, if it soothes her and she is quiet then we are fine with it. At one point she cried and wanted her blanket on and her butterfly mobile on and after that she fell asleep pretty quickly. Tuesday night she talked and played for a much shorter period of time.
I think at this point she has officially broken the paci habit. Finally!! We knew it would be a long and hard road of this (only 3 days but it feels like forever), but I think it was worth it in the end. She has been sleeping all night and we have too!!