nukker = nuk, pacifier, binky, plug, dummy
Jujubee still uses a nukker at night. She is 3 years and almost 4 months old, and she still uses a nukker to get to sleep.
I’m not sure what, if anything, to do about this.
It’s not a big problem, except … when she is deeply asleep, her nukker often falls out of her mouth. If, when she moves through a lighter sleep state, she wants the nukker again and can’t find it, she will cry until I come and remedy the situation by giving her another nukker. Sometimes when I check on her after she’s fallen asleep, I will take the nukker out of her mouth and set it next to her on the pillow. I want her to get used to sleeping without a nukker in her mouth, but I know that she will probably need it at some point in the middle of the night.
Sometimes her nukker falls onto the floor without any of us realizing it, and so when she wakes up at night trying to find her nukker and can’t find it, it inevitably wakes me up, too. This is one of the reasons I don’t always get an uninterrupted night’s sleep, which I desperately need.
When Lyd was this age and I was trying to get pregnant with #2, I may have still been going to bed too late, but the sleep I got was uninterrupted sleep. Lyd got over her dependence on the nukker somewhere between 18-24 months. So, when she was young I almost always got solid sleep. But interrupted sleep is very different.
I’d really like Jujubee to be able to sleep without a nukker, but unfortunately she really can’t. It’s going to have to be her decision as to when she no longer needs the nukker to sleep. She is completely potty-trained, so I know she has the mental capacity to make that decision. I’m not sure how this will work out, but I hope it does.
The only good thing about this situation is that she doesn’t try to use a nukker at non-sleep times. That’s good. I don’t want a child who is walking around with a nukker in their mouth all of the time. But, somehow we’ve got to figure out a way to drop this nighttime nukker business.
Anyone have any ideas?