Now that my son is 5 years old, I am FINALLY putting my foot down with the bobo (pacifier). He only used it at night, but it was really getting on my nerves. I wanted to take it away from him sooner, but my husband felt like we should leave him alone. And I knew that if my husband and I weren’t in agreement in this matter it would cause problems. So, I let it go.
My husband was now the one to say that it was time (Thank God). So, we prepared our son for weeks prior to his birthday, letting him know that once he turned 5 – it would have to go. We told him that he was going to be a BIG boy and that we had something special to replace his bobo with for when he went to bed. He was very excited about that fact.
I came across the coolest gadget online for kids – a portable nightlight shaped like a little person called the Tykelight. I thought it would be the PERFECT thing to give to my son in place of the pacifier that he held on to for so many years. The light is made out of this silky plastic material so it is soft and comfortable to hold.
It is rechargeable and will last up to 10 hours. It even has a 15 minute dimmer timer so that it will automatically shut off. It has several different glow settings – blue, red, green, and a color changing setting that slowly changes the colors between red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. That is my son’s FAVORITE setting. 🙂
I got the Tykelight directly from the company website at www.Mobi.com for $24.99, but I actually found it for cheaper (after the fact) on Amazon.com for only $19.70.
So, I am happy to say, that it has been 3 nights now and my son has been doing GREAT without his bobo. He has asked for it a few times, and I did find him with his 3 yr old sister’s in his mouth one night (they share a room), but all in all it has not been too bad. I thought it was going to be much worse.
Here is a picture of him tonight with his new bed buddy –
I did buy 2 of the night lights, so that my 3 yr old would have the option of giving up HER bobo, but she is not ready and my husband feels like we should wait until she turns 4 and do something special like how we did for our son. So, that is the plan.
I am sure some of you moms are wondering why I am allowing my children to have the bobo for so long in the first place, well…. I was a thumb sucker until I was 16 and it did some serious damage to my teeth. I had to have a lot of mouth work done. I would rather my children use the pacifier and not resort to their thumbs.
What do you think about the pacifier? Did you use it with your children? Are you for it or against it? I would love to hear your thought. 🙂