We took away two of our sons' pacifiers last week, and they're significantly crabbier. Can we help them get back to their old (relatively happy) selves?
We have identical triplet sons, aged two and a half. Oliver sucks his thumb, so he is not part of the question. (I'm sure it will be a future one, though.)
We decided that the other two, Miles and Linus, were getting a bit old for the pacifier, and more importantly, their front teeth
were getting pushed up so they looked like vampires next to Oliver
. (This is where genetically identical children come in handy.)
The binkies have been their only real comfort objects since birth (I've tried repeatedly to introduce blankets and stuffed animals, to no avail) and I was wary of taking them away and leaving the boys with nothing to soothe them.
So we took them to Build-A-Bear and let them pick out bears and when they were being stuffed, they put their binky into the bear. I'd heard of this working for other parents, and I liked the idea of giving them a replacement "soother".
Sleep went better than I expected afterwards, but now Miles is so, so crabby. It's kind of heartbreaking. And Linus is putting everything
in his mouth.
What can we do to help, short of giving the binkies back? Do we just need to be patient? I'm actually a little worried we scarred them for life.