How did you break the binky "pacifier" habit??

Myia - posted on 04/02/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I am going to try and break my girl of the binky when my DH leaves for his mission in about a week. (He is military so I try and do anything like this when he is gone so she does not keep him up.) She only takes it in her bed, but I want to have it gone soon since she will be 2 on the 30th. Any advice/success stories would be great.

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Sam - posted on 01/24/2012

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I talked to DH about it in the car one day with the toddler in the back seat. I said maybe we can go get her a present or something if she does it. She loves princesses so she wanted a Bell doll.



That night she was going through her usual list of things she does to be able to stay up longer (I need something to drink, go potty a snack etc.) and said I need to go throw my paci in the garbage can. I just wen't with it and she has not used it since. She does fuss some at bedtime - but never asked for it back.

Jordan - posted on 01/18/2012

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My son was playing and thew his in the toilet and flushed it. And that was the end of that.

Haley - posted on 01/14/2012

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Taking it away as soon as a child gets their first teeth is really helpful. Because if a child is on the pacifier for too long, it can cause them to need braces, their adult teeth can be effected. I agree with letting you kid to throw it away, seems better for them to get rid of it:)

Amanda - posted on 01/13/2012

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Cold turkey. I took my son's away at 20 months. I distracted him at bedtime. I rocked him and let him cry til he fell asleep. First couple nights were rough, but smooth sailing from there. I have also heard about putting them in a plastic bag under their pillow for the paci fairy to take to other little boys and girls who need them, and replace under pillow with a big boy/girl surprise. I've heard that works! Hope that helps!

Kristen - posted on 11/08/2011

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I bought my daughter a sparkly gift bag with a few small pretty things (headband, small trinket box, dress-up necklace and plastic heels) those kind of things. I sat down with her on my bed and told her that she may have the pretty bag if she gave me her dummy. I told her that her dummy was going to go away forever and the she gets to have the pretty things if she says bye bye to her dummy. I then proceeded to snip the dummy in half and asked her to put it in the bin. She did this and the proceeded to play with her new pretty things and hasnt asked for it since and it has been around 7-8 months since we did that :) It may not work for everyone but i read it on another website and thought id give it a go, it worked! Hope you find what works for your little princess!

Teri - posted on 07/06/2011

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I put all of my daughter's binkies in a baggie, took them to Toys 'r' Us with us and she gave them to the cashier in "exchange" for the dinosaurs she wanted. She waved goodbye. She had a little trouble at bed time, but I just reminded her that the lady took them to give to the babies and we didn't have one. SHe was fine in about 3 days.

Brenda - posted on 06/06/2011

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I cut the nipple off of my sons just before his 2nd birthday. I left a little piece of nipple on it, and gave it back to him. Since he was unable to suck on it, he told me it was broken. We went together to throw it away. After that, anytime he asked for it, I just reminded him that "it broke and we threw it away, remember?" He would then make sure everyone in the house knew it broke and was thrown away. This way, it just doesn't disappear.

Michelle - posted on 05/30/2011

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Jos didn't become binky free until RIGHT after her 3rd birthday.... luckily I have a daughter who likes to know what my grocery list says and what our plans are for the day and the next day, etc, etc.

So, we were down to ONE bink and the dog got it.... chew it to PIECES! Right before bed timet oo - she was FREAKING! I told my husband (boyfriend at the time) that there was no way I was running to Walmart for a bink - SO I calmed her down and said "how about we put it on the shopping list for the next time we go to the store - we're going to go in TWO days (showed her on the calender, etc)" So she made me spell out "bink" as I wrote it on the shopping list. We went to the store our 2 days later, got everything on the list except the bink. I asked her if we forgot anything else important, she said "nope" and we walked out of the store.

She didn't notice until now 2 years later when we had our son and he had an orange bink like her very last one.... she said "Hey - I had an orange bink like that. I wonder what happened to that thing?" And went on about her business :)

Good luck!!!

Lacey - posted on 05/26/2011

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Having never done this myself yet...I'm not sure if this legitimately works or not. My Mom built it up for almost a year with me that on my 3rd birthday, my binky would stop working. So she told me that over and over, and on my third birthday, I handed it to her and said, "Here you go, it doesn't work anymore!"

Michelle - posted on 05/11/2011

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wow i took the binky away by like 9 months i just threw them all out same with the bottles, but with the bottles you have to find a sippy cup that works for your child it took a bunch before we found one that my son was ok with

Trasena - posted on 04/11/2011

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I think you should just take it away and not five it back! That's what I did and he is just fine...3 weeks ago he was such so I pulled it out and it calmed him. When he felt better I put it away again. I don't think I will pull it out anymore, even if he is sick. But do what's best for your child. My son was never a crying baby so it was easy for him to get over it. Good luck

Heather - posted on 04/04/2011

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Go to www.bye-bye-binky.com. worked for me!! We even had a younger baby at the time and my son didn't try to take hers. We're doing it again next week when the baby turns 2.

Amanda - posted on 04/02/2011

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I agree with Louise, my kids only have their binkies to sleep now and i would not take that away from them until they are ready to do it them selves. They just turned 2 and i think that if they still have it when they go to school, which i doubt will happen, then we will look at getting rid of them. There was a study done about kids that suck, binky, thumb, fingers does not matter, and it showed that when they suck they do it for a reason and making them stop can be more damaging than the potential crooked teeth. most kids stop before that is an issue anyway. Just be thankful its not her thumb... my sisters 10 year old still sucks at night... that is a scary thought. Cheers!!

Myia - posted on 04/02/2011

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You have a good point. I just worry that she will want in for a long time I guess. I mean I know most kids get rid of it around 2 - 3, but I worry my LO will be the exception to the rule.

Louise - posted on 04/02/2011

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My advise is to let her do it for herself, this is stress free to both of you. As she only has it at night why do you want to get rid of it, it brings her comfort and provides you with a good nights sleep. In time she will leave it herself. All three of my kids had a dummy and I let them decide when they did not want it any more. At 1 they only had it at nap time or over night. My eldest started to ignore it about 2.5 my middle son had it in his bed until he was three but did not have it in his mouth, he just wanted it there just in case. My daughter is 2.5 and still wants it at night and if she can not find it she sucks her thumb. I would sooner she had a dummy than sucks her thumb as this habbit can go on for years. My sons are now adults and have perfectly straight teeth so having a dummy for longer did not affect them at all.



I would not remove this dummy from her she obviously finds comfort in it. Let her decide by letting her have it in her cot for a while longer then about 2.5 leave it in the cot but do not put it in her mouth let her decide if she wants it or not. She will leave it out of her mouth on her own accord eventually and move on to find comfort with a teddy or something.

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