How do I get rid of the Binky?

Morgan - posted on 02/02/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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My son justed turned 2 on Jan. 24, he wants the Binky now more than ever before. When I tell him that maybe the Binky is lost he says "Mommy I need it!!!!" and then I just give in. What should I do?

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Cathy - posted on 02/02/2009

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What I did with my older daughter is "The binky farie(SP)" We put them in a bag and hung them on the tree at night. When she got up in the morning, the binkys were gone and she had some new toys in the bag. She never asked for them again.

Karen - posted on 02/02/2009

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We are in the process of getting rid of them here too.  My daughter just turned 2 on the 13th.  We managed to get rid of it at all times during the day, she only uses it to sleep and it can only be used when she is in her crib.  We told her that her doctor said she can't have it unless she is sleeping (he did tell her that) and she was fussy about it for a day or two and then moved on.  We have not managed to get rid of it entirely though.  I think we are going to make an event of it...have her put a few pacifiers in a build-a-bear and then she can sleep with the bear knowing the paci's are in there.  Not sure if it will work, but that is what we are trying...in the next few weeks. 

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Michelle - posted on 03/14/2009

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My daughter just turned 2 onJan 16th, and i took her paci away about a month later, I went by the signs in the farmers almanac, i swear in about 2 days, she didn't ask for it anymore, i really believe it was because of the almanac. I was so worried because she had to have it every single minute of the day, but we didn't have any trouble at all. Lots of luck to ya!

Sarah - posted on 03/11/2009

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our daughter only started using it when she stopped nursing at 17 months she does not always have it. some days more then others. she has lost it a couple times but then her sister finds it and gives it back. after the difficulty with ending nursing i am not wanting the same battle with the soother. when she loses it for a couple days she wants a bottle again. she usually only wants them at night. it seems to be a vicious cycle with her. our oldest never was that attached to any of those things.

Meagan - posted on 03/07/2009

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They just let you put it right in but they might do the stuffing first and right before they tie it up have your child put them in, at least that what they did at our build a bear. The girl that was working told us that she had seen other people doing it before too.

Karen - posted on 03/07/2009

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I really like the build a bear idea. It sounds like fun too! Did you have to put the binkies in a baggy or did the folks at build a bear let you put them right on in with the stuffing?

Meagan - posted on 03/06/2009

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My son is january 6th, and he was just using his for bed and i wasn't worried about it, but i read somewhere about someone taking the child to build a bear and having them put there own binkies in a bear so that way whenever they wanted the binky they could hug the bear (or whatever animal they chose) to comfort them instead of the binky.



Well we went and did it and he was so excited to put them in and i wanted him to pick which ever animal he wanted, and we left with a pink flower bear! haha but he LOVES it!!



The first night when he realized that they were gone he had a hard time with it but i didn't give in and now a week later he is binky free and doesn't even cry for it at night!



the only time that he does have trouble is when we go to see our friend who her son has the same binky! but he hasn't stolen it yet!

Emma - posted on 03/06/2009

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i was so worried about getting my daughter to give hers up she was 2 on the 2/1 we had 2 really horrid days where she screamed all day but on the 3rd day she asked for it and i said later and each time she asked we would say later again it has been 2 1/2 weeks she now just says i can ave my dummy later, which i reply yes later. it wasnt as hard as i thought it would be, once i ha decided it was going i was strong enough to cope with the 1st 2 days.

Karen - posted on 03/02/2009

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I'm also trying to get rid of binky. Someone gave me an idea of putting them all in a jar and each night she gets to take one out but they never get put back in the jar. So eventually the jar will be empty and then no more binky! I've also heard about cutting off the tip but at this age my daughter would tell me there is something wrong with her binky and there wouldn't be anything gradual about her displeasure! lol I wish I had known about this at a younger age as I think it would have worked better then. Right now she is getting in the last of her 2 year molars and is teething really bad. Think I will wait 'til this last tooth is in and then get rid of the binky.

Kree - posted on 02/17/2009

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my 2yo was easy at 4 months we moved house, just never gave it to her



 



my 6month old only has it for bed, and even then only if he's teething, but good luck :)

Jo - posted on 02/10/2009

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the younger you get rid the better they forget so quickly belongs if you as the parent stay strong and say how good they are and grown up , my lil boy gave his up at 21 months my daughter at 14months we cut it right back to just night time then went cold turkey , couple of nights wjhere they cried themselves to sleep then by the end of week completely forgot about it , my daughter so so easy i don't even no why she had one in first place. we also started reading books at night to try and make them forget this worked well as well

Kim - posted on 02/07/2009

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Whatever you do you have to stick to it.  If you say they are all gone they better be all gone or they'll never believe you again and it will be harder each time.  I have done 2 different things. With my oldest I took it away at 19 mo and said all gone. He cried for a week and it was over.  My second was a bad sleeper and it seemed to be the only thing that would help him sleep so he had his til 3 at which time that binky fairy came. That worked too. I now have a 2 yr old and am facing it all over again.  Right now hers are restricted to the bed. I think she is too young to understand the fairy and I can't see what they are hurting to have them at night. I wouldn't want her running around all day with one in her mouth.  So the short of this long advise is that each child is different and you have to just find what works for your child. But when you say they are gone you need to be strong and make them really gone.

Maggie - posted on 02/06/2009

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I weaned my son off the pacifier in a week just after his 1st b-day. I got the idea from a friend who did the same thing with both her kids a it worked like a charm.  I didn't take it away but just cut off the very tip and gave it back to him. A day later I cut a little more off and so on. By day 3 he was already sucking on it less and then by day six just dropped it and didn't want it anymore. He would go to where I keep the pacifiers and I'd show him the others were the same and he just stopped wanting them. There was no cryng or big tantrum. He still asks for his bobo from time to time when he sees a baby with one but I just tell him he's a big boy and he accepts that and that is the end of it.  Hope that helps!

Tara - posted on 02/04/2009

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My son just gave his up after his 2 year well check. My doctor said that he really did need to give it up before it started to effect his teeth. Our daycare had already gotten it so he didn't use the paci during the day, even during nap time. So. . . that day I told him no more paci becuase Dr. Rob said he couldn't have it. Now he is paci free all day long and at night. I will say he hasn't quite adjusted to not having it at night, but we're working through it. Best of luck!

Lynn - posted on 02/04/2009

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I am also dealing with this issue.  My sitter does so much better.  My daughter does not have it all day until she seems me walk in the door to pick her up.  She then does this tantrum until I give in...I think I am also going to wait until after potty training as we are doing that also and maybe I am trying too much at once with her...It was nice to read different ideas.

Kirsty - posted on 02/03/2009

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I've got my son out of the habit using it during the day.  He usually doesn't have it in his mouth when he wakes up so I leave it next to his bed and lullabye.  He's not asked for it...yet!!  But he doesn't have a nap during the day very often and we haven't had him too grumpy.  If he still insists on it we're going to wait and have him give it to Santa.  I think he understand a bit more then.

Tracy - posted on 02/03/2009

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My son just turned two and the binky was his favorite thing. I made the decission at 1 that we would take it and it was a very hard thing to do but oh so worth it. We went through the house and took everyone that we could find and we boxed them up and put them with the baby items (without him seeing it) at bed time when he wanted it the first few night he cried himself to sleep but them he stopped and was fine with it. it was harder on me than him. I sat outside his door and cried so it will take a lot of determination on your part but will be better for him in the long run. Good Luck!

Talu - posted on 02/03/2009

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Our daughter turned two on the 9th of Jan, and she has it only for bed time. Used to be all day start with only bed time and then as some others mention I think it needs to be an event. I like the fairy idea. I've heard people cutting the nipple gradually or giving it away to other babies....

Karen - posted on 02/03/2009

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I am going through the same thing.  My son turned 2 on Jan. 5th.  I like the fairy idea maybe we will try that next.

User - posted on 02/03/2009

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I am in the same situation my son just turned 2 on jan 25th and still has his. HELP

Terri - posted on 02/02/2009

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We went on vacation to Disney World right before her 2nd birthday. We left them with Mickey LOL. She asked for them for 2 days and was fin in her crib. Then the first time in the car seat she was asking for it then... and the first time in the pack n play at grandma's... But each time it only lasted a day or 2

Cathy - posted on 02/02/2009

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She was older, I think about 3. I've seen that work on younger kids though. Good luck. My 2yo still has hers and I think we are going to wait until after potty training to get rid of it. I figured if it is not messing with her speech, I am not going to worry about it yet.

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