December 13, 2010

From Jackelopes to Pacifiers

It's the plague of every parent- baby gear. The tabs on our diapers won't stay closed, our sippy cups are morphing into something resembling The Blob, and someone is stealing our nuks. While I'm all for blaming gnomes, leprechauns, or the occasional jackelope, this particular brand of mischief has now reached the point where I can identify the location of a grand total of two of our fifty brightly-colored pacifiers.

This is a problem since pacifiers are no small necessity in our home. The Mute Button has become essential for everything from nap time to grocery shopping, making dinner to keeping our resident beaver from gnawing through the wooden furniture.

Getting rid of the paci at six months? Ha. I laugh in the face of anyone who tells me that I should have weaned my child from his comfort plastic six months ago.

We have an inordinate amount of baby gear to begin with so one or two toys going missing or suddenly changing colors isn't the end of the world, but a missing pacifier? No naptime. No break time for mommy. No sanity.

So in the interest of keeping me out of the nuthouse, does anyone know how to trap a jackelope?

9 comments:

  1. I think we have one of these in our house as well. *sigh* And no end in sight!

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  2. I think a brand new nuk is great bait, he seems to return all the old ones whenever i break down and buy a new one! (eye roll at that silly jackalope)

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  3. We are the exact same way. We have probably 20 or more pacifiers and I know where about 3 are. Jackson also needs his pacifier for nap-time, bedtime and to keep quiet at church. Good luck finding your pacifiers!

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  4. I have a basket and every time I find one, I toss it in there....we have 4.... there is a fifth somewhere, but I have yet to stumble across it. Maybe the movers will find it on Wednesday!

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  5. Same problem here! One day, I went on a search and found a jackpot of pacifiers hidden away under the crib. Now when they go missing, I look under the crib, but there seems to be a new hiding place now. Sigh. I'm with you...they are a necessity!

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  6. My little one is a thumb sucker so we don't have the jackalope issue. But I fear the day we decide to try to break that habit. For some reason in today's society it's frowned upon to chop off toddler thumbs.

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  7. Yes! We are having the same problem. I made a rule today that she can only have her paci in bed. Naps/bedtime. That is all.

    So today was awful. AWFUL.

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  8. Hang in there. Oddly our now 28 month old was quite ambivalent about pacifiers. So we never actually had to ween her. As for the location of your missing ones, they are either holed up with all your missing socks in your resident leprechaun's hidey hole (hey, we're Irish here)... or check around and under the car seat (and under the seat in front of it)... and also pull up the couch cushions (scary, but you'll also pocket some sticky, icky spare change as a reward). Good luck!

    Michael at http://adaddyblog.com

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  9. This makes me laugh because I can totally relate! We were relieved to wean Richard off of it before he was 3.
    We have at least 4 binkers in the house and if you want a recommendation of a clip that really works, let me know! (We tried 4 kinds before we found the magic one.)

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