Binky

Nina Kerr - posted on 11/14/2008 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Just wandering if any f you mom's have any good idea's what age to get rid of the binky?? my daughter is 5 and i think i waited till she was close to 3 to take it away and I remember thinking that next time I would do it earlier.....he's 16 mos now and loves the binky so i dont think now is a good time ....but soon ????? thanx

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Megann - posted on 11/15/2008

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I worried about the same thing. My daughter is about the same age and I noticed that she started having a soother most of the day, when I usually only gave it to her at night. I just decided to keep them out of her reach during the day and letting fall asleep for naps without it, and she only got it at night. Then she got sick with a stuffy nose and didn't want it at night. And that was it, no more soother. It was a very lucky and easy process for her, and me. I was only trying to take it away slowly and not do cold turkey, but she made it easy and let it go. I think with her, it came down to "out of sight, out of mind." However you do it, good luck.

Corey - posted on 11/15/2008

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I held off for months thinking that it was going to be a big deal - getting rid of the binky/paci. Finally, while my son was battling a head cold, we decided to try putting him to bed without it. No fussing, no fighting, he went straight to sleep. He looked for it in his bed the next day, but he barely whined and never cried over it. That simple - cold turkey.



My sister never tried cold turkey first. Instead, she assumed it would be too difficult to simply take it away. So, she took her daughter to the Build-a-Bear store and brought along all of her binkies. When the sales associate began the process of stuffing the bear, they threw all of the binkies in. And, with that, they were sewn into the bear. Now, my neice sleeps with the bear, but understands she can't have the binkies inside.



Two very different approaches - both highly successful.

Melissa - posted on 11/15/2008

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Our oldest daughter was about 20 months when we got rid of hers. Our youngest seems a little more attached (and also has a "blanky") so I guess we'll try in a few months and see what happens.

December - posted on 11/14/2008

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My daughter was born June 22, 2007. We moved from giving her the pacifier anytime to only allowing it at naps and nighttime. She initially threw a fit when we told her to leave it in the bed but after a few times she started leaving it in the bed without us asking and now she rarely asks for it, even if she sees it outside of the bed. We will probably begin taking it away at night after the holiday's. Good luck!

Kendall - posted on 11/14/2008

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I think it depends on personal preference. Neither of my girls wanted a pacifier. My oldest is 2.5 and still sucks her thumb, but not constantly anymore and my 17 month old chews on her blanket. They say that it's easier to get rid of it earlier, but if it's not causing any problems with his teeth and you want to wait until you can "compromise" with him about getting rid of it, go for it! :)

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