Mommy vs the “Choo-choo” …the never ending battle
Right from the NICU, “M” used a soother (aka – Choo-Choo) to soothe herself. Well, also in the NICU she had to be taught how to suck because she was born so early. At that time, I would do anything for her to be able to feed from the bottle, just so we could go home! 5 ½ weeks was waaaay past my breaking point.
Now that she’s 2 ½ (where has the time gone?) I can’t get rid of the stupid thing! She doesn’t use it during naps at pre-school actually… at all there or even during the day, just at bedtime. We try to keep it that way, but there’s one that snuck its way back into the car because she likes to “cat-nap” on occasion.
Now, enough is enough. I’ve bought books, gave her stories about how all the other babies need them and maybe she should donate them, everything short of cutting them up. I’ve even threatened to throw them in the garbage. I’m at the end of my rope with this. She wants to be a big girl and I explain to her that only the little babies use a soother but without fail she’ll scream her heart out until she gets it. We try to stand our ground but sometimes enough is just enough.
I’ll take any tips and tricks that would work! The Choo-choo and I are officially not on speaking terms with each other and I really think my time will come by death by choo-choo.