How do you break the "binky" (pacifier) habit?

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Beth - posted on 03/13/2010

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we lost ours...really and truly lost it. We tried to pretend lose it a few times before but my son must have caught on to our game because he did not believe that we lost it. Then one night we really couldn't find it, I let him look high and low for it about 40 mintues of under the couches, in sister's room, on the counters and he could not find it. That was enough for him he went to bed and hasn't used it since.

Jenny - posted on 03/12/2010

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My oldest loved his binky (this one is a thumb sucker... : ) I dreaded making him give it up, and put it off way too long (he was 3 1/2) Finally, somewhere on the internet I saw a story about giving the binkies to the new babies that needed them. Tie the old ones to a bunch of balloons and send them up to heaven for God to give to the new babies. He watched them go away, and thought it was cool. Good luck!

Claire - posted on 02/13/2010

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We thought this was going to be a major issue for us as my son has never slept well and was EXTREMELY attached to his "ne-ne". We told my son that father christmas was going to come and take them away and leave presents in return! He has only ever asked for it twice since then and we have just reminded him Father christmas took them and he had been absolutely fine!

Karla - posted on 01/27/2010

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well..with my nephew...we dipped his binky's into various things...(hot sauce, vinegar, lemon juice..etc.) which worked for a little while...(he had a stash of binky's else where to our surprise)...we tried cutting the tips...and that lead to very angry out bursts....so we finally decided that he could have his binky ONLY at bed time/ nap time...then once he fell asleep we would take it out of the room....eventually we fazed it out...to only at bed time....then finally offered a treat every night he didnt use it..until eventually he forgot about it.......



With my son..we did it cold turkey...(tho he did suck his fingers briefly)...and he didnt seem to care..after the first night....he actually put the binkys in the garbage..and wanted everyone to know that binky's were yUcky.....

Cherish - posted on 01/26/2010

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The only way I have seen it work is the same way I have seen bottle breaking work, take them away, throw them away so you cant give in, and let them cry it out while offerring something in return like a cup or baby blanket and lots of comfort and understanding words.

Jennifer - posted on 01/26/2010

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i did my cold turkey after she turned 1..i brought her to the carbage can and told her that her bobo is nasty and yucky and its no good(i also made the nasty face) and she saw me throwin it away and from that day on she never asked for it again!

Janine - posted on 01/23/2010

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When my son turned 2 we met my good friends new baby girl, I told my son that the new baby needed dummies and asked if we could give his dummies to the baby. He agreed, we hid all the dummies in the house and told the girls at childcare not to give it to him (left one in a hidden pocket in the bag just in case). For about a week he asked for it at sleep time, but we just reminded him about giving it to the baby and he was fine. Its been 6 months and no problems since.

Robin - posted on 01/22/2010

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We did it cold turkey. On their first dentist appointment the dentist said they couldn't use binky's anymore. I had been preparing them that when they went to the dentist the dentist would ask for the bninkies. That night we took them all. It was rough night getting everyone to sleep. But, after that night it was easier and easier. And, after a few ngihts no one even asked for them. My dentist also told me I could have the kids come in and drop them off for *new babies*.

Tabetha - posted on 01/21/2010

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I just started with my 2 children (1 and 2). I cut the tip off of their binky then gave them back to them. My 2 yo has no issue with it so I plan to cut it a little more each day. My son threw a fit and has refused the binky ever since, not an easy transition for him.

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