Yep. Here it is, our family secret. My three and a half year old with his "pass". This particular one is his Halloween pass, but he uses it year round. He received this two years ago, when it was still age appropriate and still has it. In fact, he has about 25 other Nuby pacis strewn throughout our house.
I had the best of intentions getting him off the thing, really I did. At his second birthday I was going to tie balloons to them and let them fly away. But I was pregnant and didn't want to make him sad.
Then I was going to have him "give them all to the babies" in the hospital on the day Tess was born. I was going to even wrap them in pretty packages for the full effect. Nope. Didn't happen. I felt way to sorry for the little guy. His world had just been turned upside down with the addition of his tiny little sister and she had a pass, so why not him.
The excuses are never ending and I have come up with the most creative ideas of getting rid of the suckers (no pun intended). And now, I am just too damn lazy. He loves his pass, LOVES it. But the fact of the matter is, he is three years old. OVER THREE YEARS OLD and can't seem to get this monkey off his back! He looks like Baby Huey walking around with that thing.
I have gotten a lot better at making him have it at nap and night only. But there have been times when he will find one in the playroom and pop that sucker in and go on about his day.
So what is a mom to do? I know most of you practiced responsible parenting and got rid of the pacifier at a normal age, so trying to take it away from a big kid is going to prove to be a little more difficult.
Pointers would be greatly appreciated. Is there even a rehab for three year old paci addicts?