Sunday, April 22, 2007

Bye Bye Peta

There was quite a big development this past weekend. We phased out Isa's pacifier (her Peta). I have to say it was quite a traumatic experience for all of us. We had been noticing that she has been using it way too much lately and even though we try to only give it to her for her nap and bed time she still finds ways to get it.

On the way back from Ottawa, she had her Peta and was constantly throwing it to the floor and asking for it back. It got to the point that I told her that if she did it one more time I would not get it back for her because she seamed to not really want it.

Well, needless to say she threw it, I did not give it back to her and a HUGE tantrum ensued. The Husband and I stuck to our guns and did not give in. She cried for 30 minutes and afterwards fell asleep exhausted.

Believe me when I tell you that it was absolutely horrible to listen to her crying for that long. I so wanted to give her her soother but I knew if I did she would know that if she cried long enough she could get things. The Husband was amazing and if he had not been there I don't think I could have done it.

In the end we decided to not give it back to her at all. She is a big girl now and does not need it to put herself to sleep. Today she has asked for it, but we tell her that petas are only for babies and that she is a big girl. She has been so great, she did not cry at all during her nap and only made a small fuss at bed time.

I was so worried that she would have such a hard time because she loved her soother and it gave her so much comfort. But it was the right thing to do and as it turns out the right time.


Naomi (Urban Mummy) said...

My son gave his up recently too. His choice. It's amazing how simple it was, actually.

The harder transition has been to his big boy bed. He constantly wants someone to sleep in it with him!

Mimi said...

Wow! Good for you. It is super hard to listen to them cry, eh? And WHAT A CUTE PHOTO! She's beautiful ...