Off His Favourite

I never thought I could do this and complete the mission successfully.¬† ūüėõ¬† It is a date to remember that finally Jonathan boy is off his favourite pacifier (or peh peh he would call it being the first syllabus “pa”).

Two weeks ago, on a Saturday night that¬†was 27/3/2010, Darling initiated the mission which I was doubting if we could sustain. It was a tough night for Jonathan boy. Initially, he asked for his peh peh¬†with his manja voice¬†as usual but his request was rejected by us. Then he started to whine, then cried, then thrown tantrum by rolling on the bed, kicking here and there. We kept telling him¬†“no more peh peh“, “Jonathan big boy already”, “peh peh for baby only”, “peh peh shame shame” but he still can’t accept it.¬† After sometime, he drifted into dreamland¬†with tears.¬† Oh, my poor boy. In the middle of the night, he woke up once to look for his¬†peh peh¬†and cried when he can’t find them.

The second night, he went to bed without any fuss¬†as he was too tired¬†because he didn’t take his afternoon¬†nap. Phew……we thought tonight¬†is an easy night. Who knows, it was Chap Goh Mei! He was awaken by the firecrackers and it turned an easy night into a horrible night. He cried so terriblely as though having a bad dream.

The following nights, Darling was on night shift. I warned him that¬†if I couldn’t bear with¬†Jonathan’s act, I’ll give in. (Guess I am not as firm as him or not as patience as him)¬† I¬†was praying hard that Jonathan won’t give me a hard time each night. Hehe….he was very co-operative indeed.¬† Few nights in the beginning, he requested for his peh peh and I kept¬†telling¬†him “no more peh peh“, “Jonathan big boy already”, “peh peh for baby only”, “peh peh shame shame”. It was¬†really a¬†brainwashing session. He didn’t cry or throw tantrum but just whine a little. I gave him his milk bottle or water bottle with teat to soothe himself.

One week gone. Occasionally he still ask for it.¬† He nearly wanted to pull out the toy pacifier from one of the doll. The following week, he began to understand and accept it. He never asked for his peh peh anymore. We browsed through the photos in my camera and when he sees himself with pacifier, he said, “Jonathan shame shame”.¬† When we asked him if he still wants peh peh, he said, “Peh peh for baby.”

Many asked me before this, when would I want to wean him off from pacifier. I couldn’t gave an answer because I was afraid to see him “suffer”.¬†¬† If you ask me now, how to do it, I can only share with you what we had been through.¬†¬†It really depends on your child, how you handle the situation and perseverance is very important. Some parents had to perform tricks (like cutting off the pacifier in front of the kid), some kids need to be encouraged with some “bribe”,¬†and like my son, I think he just need to be brain-washed. ūüôā (Now I’m wondering if he will easily get influenced by others when he grows up. Hmmm…..)

Not forgetting, all credit goes to Darling, for being a very supportive husband and a firm Daddy.  And also Jonathan boy for being a very understanding and well-behaved boy.

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  1. MieVee @ says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Glad that you have compleyed your mission successfully.

    My self-weaned from the pacifier after a short period of use at about 5 months old. My mission is to wean him from nursing for comfort at night. Trying to brain-wash him, may take a while as he just turned 1 year old.

    ... on July March 13th, 2010
  2. rachel says:

    Good job…BRAVO!!!!

    I m still struggling on toilet training….& bottle weaning cos I have no patience for him to finish drinking from the cup. It takes ages. But if the milk is in the bottle, 3 mins max…

    ... on July March 13th, 2010
  3. Kristie says:

    me 2 will do it when the time is right ūüôā congrats!!!!

    ... on July March 13th, 2010
  4. Merryn says:

    and then when baby comes… he’ll have the urge again how?

    ... on July March 13th, 2010
  5. andrewjune says:

    wow! congrats! good job to mummy & daddy!
    i still hv difficulties weaning off my daughter fr sucking her thumb *sigh*

    ... on July March 15th, 2010
  6. Joanne Tiew says:

    Well done boy, you are doing great!

    Agreed with you, is all depends on the parents to use the right method for the wean off and of course, patience is the most important.

    As time goes, Jonathan will even forget about his pacifier name “peh peh”.
    I was showing Sarah about a photo that she was sucking her “zui zui” and I asked her what is that…she can’t answer me, hehe.

    ... on July March 17th, 2010
  7. Ann says:

    That’s GREAT !!! Jonathan looks so cute and grown up now.

    I don’t think he will be easily influenced. I think maybe it is coz mummy and dadddy are telling him, that is why he listen.

    ... on July March 17th, 2010
  8. chanelwong says:

    Well done !!!!

    ... on July March 17th, 2010
  9. huisia says:

    he definitely looks handsome without the peh peh!

    ... on July March 18th, 2010
  10. 2ma says:

    hooray jonathan!! big hugs for you!!

    ... on July March 23rd, 2010

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