Does your baby take a pacifier? Both of my boys do and I have to say, that little thing is like magic. The paci helps them calm down when they are upset, is a fun little toy when they are bored and a wonderful sleep companion. That is, until they lose it.
Binki Bear was created for this very reason.The Binki Bear is a machine-washable plush teddy bear with a loop on one paw that you can thread onto either the provided pacifier or one you currently own. I was given the chance to review the Binki Bear for my 7 month old recently and I can’t wait to tell you my thoughts!
The above picture is how I have been finding my 7 month old every time he wakes up from a night’s sleep or a nap. He definitely knows there is a pacifier on that bear. Sometimes he chews on it and sometimes he plays with it. All I know is that I am glad he is having fun in his crib!
One thing about the bear that I have noticed is that it’s not really conducive for babies that sleep with the pacifier in their mouths. My son would want to play with the bear and forget that his pacifier was attached so it didn’t stay in his mouth for very long. We have a second “sleep pacifier” for this reason. But overall, I love the Binki Bear. I think it’s a great way for babies to keep track of their pacifiers and a cute little teddy bear as well! I love that it can be used with different brands of pacifier and that it’s gender neutral. My son hasn’t yet chosen a lovey, but as much as he loves this bear I would definitely say it’s in the running!
Endorsed by The 24/7 Baby Doctor: As a pediatrician, parents are always asking how to wean from the pacifier, but I did not know what to say. Now I know! BinkiBear is the best way for parents to use a pacifier.~Dr. Victoria McEvoy, author of The 24/7 Baby Doctor
The Benefit of BinkiBear
BinkiBear helps baby learn to sooth herself by providing extra comfort not found in the pacifier or bear alone. Combined they deliver ultimate comfort!
BinkiBear helps baby to sleep better through the night, since the BinkiBear is easy to find in the crib. Baby can also replace the pacifier all by herself, so mommy and daddy sleep through the night too!
BinkiBear helps baby travel by providing extra soothing in one easy-to-use tool.
BinkiBear is easy to locate in case baby drops it. No more losing pacifiers!
BinkiBear is lightweight, and actually lighter than most pacifier clips currently available.
BinkiBear promotes the best benefits of the pacifier without the worry of excessive attachment. Since the pacifier is attached to the bear, the child learns to use the pacifier only when it is really needed. The bear suffices for most situations, which is a more ideal tool for a child. This means that baby has less attachment to the pacifier alone, which aids in proper dental development, and creates a more promising circumstance for weaning when the time comes. Basically, BinkiBear reduces the addiction to the pacifier alone by combining it with the transitional object right from the beginning for a better soothing experience!
BinkiBear helps in weaning baby off the pacifier. By only removing the pacifier from the bear, the baby isn’t left “alone”. Baby still has her bear, which provides the comfort needed to get through the weaning process. This method reduces the emotional toll on baby and the parents!
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This giveaway ends on March 14, 2012 and one winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on the weekly Around the Blogosphere post. Good luck!
Disclosure: I was sent a Binki Bear in order to write my review. All opinions are my own.
Written by 5 Minutes for Mom Contributor, Andrea Updyke. You can find me blogging at Lil-Kid-Things and tweeting at @AndreaUpdyke.