Could This Help Your Toddler Get Rid of Pacifiers for Good?
If you're a parent who has tried to wean their toddler or baby off of a pacifier, you know how difficult it can be. In fact, you know how downright impossible it can be. Pacifiers start out as being a type of lifesaver, soothing a crying, screaming baby like magic, but when you're ready to move on to life after the pacifier, you may face a little well, resistance.
Toddlers can be the most stubborn creatures on the planet and when it comes time to part with that little hunk of plastic, it can feel like there is no end in sight.
Enter the Binka Bear.
And just what is the Binka Bear? The Binka Bear is a genius solution that one mom developed, purely, she says out of ” necessity and a parent’s love.”
According to founder Kaitlyn Pierce's story on her site, she created the product back in late 2015 when her oldest daughter (Pierce is a mom of two girls) was a few months shy of turning three. “I found myself torn between knowing what’s best for her–and her tiny teeth–and disturbing her comfort zone (and our precious sleep!) by taking away the one thing she was truly attached to: Her pacifier,” she relates.
As that fateful birthday approached, Kaitlyn finally decided it was time to ditch the pacifier for good, but her daughter, of course, had other ideas. She had no intention of letting go of her beloved binky. So, Kaitlyn decided to go with the flow and let her daughter's binky stick around–just in a different format. Essentially, Kaitlyn helped guide her daughter to transition her binky to her bear friend and the binky now “lives” inside the Binka Bear, so she could continue to keep her binky close to her, safe and sound, without actually using it anymore.
That transition is, of course, a process, and the Binka Bear comes with a special book to help parents transition their little ones through it. The book is called “Binka Bear and The Magic of Willowspring” and it's written in a way that your child will discover how Binka must wait for his magic to arrive through–you guessed it–the pacifier that only your little one can provide. Cool, right? Once your kid is all pumped up about passing along the magic, the binky is “sealed” inside the Binka Bear and hopefully, you both have an easier, more simple way to transition to life outside of the pacifier-obsessed. As soon as your child is willing to give up the pacifier, he/she can seal the pacifier inside of the Binka Bear and then–and only then–Binka Bear gets his magic, yay!
The bear is specially designed to hold 2 pacifiers, one in each hand, just in case your little one has some favorite pacifiers to let go of, or you just need a second attempt before you really wean successfully. The site explains that kids find a lot of comfort in still being able to see, feel, and even cuddle with their pacifiers through the Binka Bear's hands.
While there is no “official” age that you should encourage your child to wean off of the pacifier, the Binka Bear site does mention that the American Dental Association recommends limiting pacifier use around the age of 2, as that's when it can really start interfering with tooth development and cause complications. However, every child is different, so you can use your own judgment about when it's right to introduce the Binka Bear to your child or use other methods for weaning off of a pacifier.
The Binka Bear–which comes complete with a parent prep guide, the “Magic of Willowspring” illustrated book, and of course, the bear itself, is sold for $39.99. The entire product is patent pending and while it's a newer product, it's already generated quite a lot of buzz around it. Even Hoda Kotb of the Today Show snapped a picture with Binka Bear's founder Pierce and is familiar with the product. And honestly, it's easy to see why the product has quickly gained traction. Weaning from the pacifier can be so hard and frankly, there's not a lot of options to make it a positive, encouraging experience, which the Binka Bear hopes to change, yay!
What do you think? Would you use a Binka Bear to wean off the pacifier?