Still using a pacifier?

Debbie - posted on 06/17/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My 17 mo old daughter still uses a pacifier but I try to limit it to naptime & bedtime oh and in the car since she hates her carseat. Her pediatrician keeps stressing that I need to wean her from it by 18 months and I'm not sure of the best way. She absolutely loves it and I know it's going to be really hard (for both of us!). Has anyone successfully gotten rid of the pacifier and have any tips to share?

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Melanie - posted on 07/24/2010

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i took them all a week after her first birthday and put them away. out of sight out of mind. well not exactly out of mind she did get fussy once in a wile i knew she was looking for a pacifier but i didnt give in and within a couple days she was fine. My friends kid is 2 and she still has one and i saw that girl take a fit when she wanted her pacifier and didnt have it in arms reach. so yeah i think the older they get the worse it is for getting rid of. Brooke is 18 months now and she doesent even bother with them even when we are with other kids and they have one laying around on the floor. she will just pick it up and hand it to the other kid...its pretty cute actually. she is a big girl :) I also heard of the method of putting a little hole in the tip and it goes all flat when they try to suck on it. then the next day cut a little hole...and keep doing that everyday more and more until they just stop sucking on them because they just dont enjoy it anymore. apparently it works, ive never tried it i just went the cold turkey way.

Becca - posted on 07/10/2010

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MY son used a pacifier... when he was about 16 months we went on vacation and "forgot" to bring it. He was upset for the 1st night or 2 but after that he forgot all about it and we never looked back. Your Dr. is right though, the older they get the harder it will be to part with it. My sister in law was so happy when her 2nd daughter took a pacifier because her 1st sucked her thumb. Well now he 2nd is going to be 4 and still sucks on a pacifier. The dentist has told her is is messing up her mouth and could cause real problems if she continues to use one.... Nothing looks worse then a kid that age sucking on a pacifier so even though it may be rough for a few days just do it before it gets out of control.

Sarah - posted on 07/10/2010

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we did it cold turkey at 14months. it took a few nights but eventually he got used to not having it.

although i kept one for if he was poorly or something (which he was when we went on hol when he was 15months)

but now even that one has disappeared.

Keisha - posted on 07/07/2010

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i hear that!!!!!! i agree with you. As long as you take it away by 3yrs your fine......Im with you on the sleep!

Tara - posted on 07/07/2010

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I haven't gotten rid of my daughter's binky yet either. I have heard the best way to do it is just the cold turkey method. That the first day will suck, the second day will be a little bad but by the third day it will be a distant memory. Some people also told me they cut the tip off and their kid just gave it up. Others said they made a strong cup of coffee and then soaked the binkies in that and gave them to the kid. The strong taste made the kids not want to suck on the binkies so they stopped using it.

Wendy - posted on 06/22/2010

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I finally have Both my Boys off the dummy, It took a hell of a lot of patients but We managed to do it by, letting them keep the one they have, if they lost it they lost it for good, or even if they damaged it, that's it no more dummy! We spent a lot of money buying dummies they were always going missing or when we went for walks they sometimes threw them out. So my partner and I decides to throw them away and just made them bottles when they went to bed, and they fell asleep after having a bottle. If the woke up and cried sometimes we had to leave them cry. And now there off of it, It's easy now and no more Dummy!!

Liz - posted on 06/20/2010

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i wouldnt worry about the pediatrician, william still has his at bedtime and naptime, only give it up if / when u want to. cold turkey is the quickest but probably emotionally the hardest.

Sarah - posted on 06/20/2010

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Izzy does have her deedee a little too much if im honest but with a 2 yr and a 1 yr old i sometimes need peace! They are not ready to get rid of it but the best way to get rid of it is to go cold turkey and dont give in, expect a few tears but they will forget. Good luck!

Jane - posted on 06/19/2010

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My daughter loves her binkie and she will ask for it at bedtime and naptime. She has it for a a little while and then it falls out when she falls asleep. I'm not very concerned about it at all. If you can truly limit the access to just bedtime and naptime, I think you should be fine. When kids constantly need it and get angry when you take it away, I could see it being a problem, but just using one to help fall asleep seems pretty normal.

Amber - posted on 06/17/2010

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I don't care what anyone says I am not ready. Why are we so rushed to make our babies into kids. My son takes a pacifier when he sleeps. I don't let him have it during the day except nap time and I don't think it is so bad. I know many kids that had it up until 3 and they are fine and have fine teeth so I am saying at 2 we will work at getting rid of it. I work full time and need some sleep in order to function

Stephanie - posted on 06/17/2010

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we just took it from her at 10 months.. she only had one so it was easy.. find them all and just ditch them.. she will cry for a few days( not all day), but she will forget about it

Katie - posted on 06/17/2010

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My 17mo old daughter also uses her pacie still around the same times, she always tries to put it in if she finds one laying around the house. I had her completely away from her's about 1 1/2 months ago, I just cut it cold turkey. I made sure I found all of them and put them in a bag and put them up high in her closet. She was upset about it for a day or so then was fine after that, but we just recently moved so she whined and whined for one in our new house and I gave in because I knew it was a big change for her. So right now we are back down to nap and bedtime but this time around it's harder so I feel for you it is really hard, because I always feel so bad. I'll probablly try the cold turkey again shortly, but I'm not sure about your baby and what would work best for you two : )

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