Honestly, I really anticipated having more of a story to tell here, but instead, I will happily bore you with the uneventful details of Operation Bye-Bye-Paci.
On Friday evening, we started Charlotte on the Paci Elimination Diet. Diet rules? Remove each and every paci from C’s room/life, put in a ziploc bag in a very high cabinet, and see what happens. Our Pediatrician said that the worst thing to do is to be inconsistent. She urged us to stay strong and once we removed paci, to not give it back.
Typically, C only really uses her paci during or around sleep times. If she’s sleepy or has just woken up, we would let her hang onto it for as long as she wanted.
Anyway, Friday night, we went through her normal bedtime routine. Drink milk, read books, brush teeth, then it was time for bed. Most nights, I take Charlotte to her room after she brushes her teeth. I tend to hand her bunny and her paci, then we crank her music box, hug and smooch a bit and I put her in bed (sometimes I give her bunny and paci once in bed). Then, I make sure teddy is laying next to her and parachute her blanky over her once… twice… three times as I count. Then, “tuck, tuck, tuck” as I tuck her in.
I went through the whole routine, sans paci, and when I said goodnight, she let out a little whine and pointed to her mouth. I played dumb. “What? Oh, do you want this little lamb?” as I handed her a stuffed animal. She made another little whine as I said goodnight and left the room.
Then, she amazed me. I spent the next 30-45 minutes watching her play in her crib until she just fell asleep. No problem. Goodnight, Charlotte.
I was convinced that the next day’s naps would be crazy, but honestly, they weren’t. She slept totally fine and besides her two mini whines that first night, hasn’t made a single hint that she wants or misses the dang thing.
Relieved, but baffled.
So, we are officially a no-paci household!