Tantrums are one of the most difficult parts of the toddler years. There are few things worse than an all-out meltdown in the checkout line at the grocery store or in the middle of a restaurant. As a parent, I get frustrated with this display of emotions, but I have to remember that toddlers don’t know how to properly display or convey their emotions.
When I’m exhausted, hungry, and at the end of my rope sometimes I just want to scream, cry and roll around on the floor. Unfortunately for me, that’s not socially acceptable. You and I know how to control our emotions, but our toddlers haven’t learned this yet.
Tantrums usually occur during times of change. Change makes me feel anxious and overwhelmed and usually presents itself as excessive tiredness, irritability, and procrastination. Our toddlers scream and cry to express their uneasy feelings during change.
One change a lot of parents need to navigate is getting rid of their child’s pacifier. A newborn pacifier can be a sanity savers, especially when your Ingy Bingy Band is attached to the infant pacifier! The Ingy Bingy Band is a pacifier wristband that velcros around baby’s wrist to help them self-soothe from as early as 4 months. Now that you’re preparing to get rid of your child’s infant pacifier, you can look back fondly on how this pacifier bracelet saved you time and frustration because you didn’t have to look for your child’s pacifier every time the pacifier kept falling out!
The best thing that you can do during this process is to prep your child for what is going to happen. Reading books with your child about getting rid of their newborn pacifier will help this major event in their lives go smoothly.
1. Bye Bye Binky by Maria van Lieshout: This book is part of the Big Kid Power Series which is designed to help kids get through the hard things in their life. This book is very positive and highlights that being a big kid might not involve having a binky anymore, but it does have lots of perks!
2. Binky by Leslie Patricelli: This book has bright colors to engage young children as they navigate losing their binky. It focuses on dealing with the emotions kids will have as they navigate the loss of their beloved binky!
3. James Says Bye Bye Pacifier by Andrea Locket: This book is comic book style and part of the Be Brave Series. This is perfect for little boys and girls who love superheros! In this book all the pacifiers are collected from big kids that don’t need them anymore and are given to the new babies. This book is perfect for those with younger siblings or new babies on the way!
4. The Paci Fairy by Melissa Burnett and Chrisann Zaubi: The Paci Fairy is a very popular method for getting rid of pacifiers. If you plan to use this method for getting rid of your binky then this is the book for you! See our previous blog post for how to implement the paci fairy in your own home!
No matter which book you choose it will help make the transition to letting go of that pacifier easier! Good luck mamas!