Saying good-bye to the pacifier

Sadie - posted on 10/04/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My 16 mo. old daughter still has her pacifier and she also has a rag that she rubs her nose will to go to sleep. She always has it to sleep and sometimes during the day when she comes across it (trying to cut back to only when she's sleeping) but just wanted some suggestions from other mom's on how they weaned their baby and after it was gone if they would go to sleep easy?

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Aureana - posted on 10/19/2010

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This may not be any help to you, I am not sure but I hope that it does. I remember that when I was your there was a little girl who had her pacifier until she was 4 years old. She used that instead of a security blanket. I feel that it is okay to cut down on the pacifier use gradually. With my daughter being 17 months old, she likes to play hide and go seek with her pacifiers. Also, I don't think her rag is such a bad thing. I still have mine that I have instead now it is just a string. I don't use it anymore, but sometimes I will take it with me for good luck! :-)

Jelissa - posted on 10/18/2010

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We never had a problem with my daughter, she just gave it up by herself on her 1st birthday. My son on the other hand is a different story...Half way through the night we check on him and the sucky is no where to be found but he REFUSES to even close his eyes an inch until he gets his sucky. Heres to hoping..

Laura - posted on 10/18/2010

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We still let our daughter have her soothie; she's almost 17 months old. She's never been one to have a security blanket and she only uses the soothie at bed time. She doesn't use it at daycare nor when she naps. It's just a bed time thing. I'm not too worried about her attachment to her soothie. Although, I know when the time comes, my husband will probably have a harder time with getting rid of it, because it's his "safety net" when mama has to go on business trips.

Jessica - posted on 10/17/2010

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I don't know about that Thumb stuff. I was a thumb-sucker as a child and I remember my mom trying something similar that painted onto my nail. It does taste disgusting at first, but if the child is persistent, and not ready to stop sucking, they will suck or bite it off so fast it won't even matter. I suppose it depends on the child, but I think a lot of the battle getting rid of those sorts of habits is making sure the child is emotionally ready.
My 17 mo. old is quite attached to his pacifier. Sometimes I'm a little embarrassed when he's the only kid in daycare that uses one, but it saves me from going insane when he starts whining and I'm sure, just like nursing, he'll give it up when he's ready. As long as it doesn't interfere with speech development or mess up the teeth, I wouldn't worry.

Jackeline - posted on 10/17/2010

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Well with my kids I just took the pacifier and throw it. I didnt care if they were up all night crying. But after the first night its easy. They dont even think about. So just go for it and take. But do not think about twice.

Elizabeth - posted on 10/16/2010

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When my oldest daughter started to teeth, we took it away from her when she was awake. A week later, it was taken away at nap time. Another week after that, we took it away altogether. It never affected her. It was like she never had it. My other daughter had her's till she was 2 weeks old. She started to refuse it, and took to sucking her thumb. You can buy some stuff a pharmacies call Thumb. You might need to have them special order it. You paint it on fingers or in your case the pacifier, and it has the worst taste you could imagine. I used that to get my oldest to quit biting her nails. My doctor said I could use it on my other daughter's thumb when I decide to get her to not suck it anymore. It'd be worth a try.

Jennifer - posted on 10/16/2010

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Ah, the pacifier. My son did awesome with qquiting the bottle. I took it away cold turkey and he was fine after 2 days when he was about 11-12 mo's old. I am hoping for the same with his pacifier. He only uses it for his nap and bedtime so I figure it shouldn't be too bad?? I hope anyways. When I check on him he usually doesn't have it in his mouth anymore and if he wakes during the night he soothes himself back to sleep. I think I am having the harder time making the decision to take it away. Ugh! lol. My pediatrician said that since he only uses it for sleep that he will be fine and most kids quit on thier own by 2-3 yrs old. She also said the dentist would mention if there were any concerns with his teeth. But usually there isn't unless he stucked his thumb and he doesn't. He never developed any attachments to any thing/blanket either. Good luck Moms!

Heather - posted on 10/16/2010

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I really agree with Diana J. i see nothing wrong with giving them something they love my oldest son loved his sucky and everyone tried to tell me to get rid of it so i tried but couldnt do it he did it be him self when he wanted to and he was 25 months old. my youngest son has a blanket and sucky and i feel the same way now as i did then he'll let my know when hes done with it. i think it all comes down to how you and your baby feel about it.

Diana - posted on 10/15/2010

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I don't understand why some are so concerned about a security blanket and not having it except at sleeping times. My son LOVES his blanket. He doesn't get it at day care except for at nap time. He can have it whenever he wants at home which is usually in the morning before we go and evenings. So can anyone give me a good reason why our children shouldn't get something to love and cuddle? (bear, blanket?) We don't have a pacifier(Thank God!), but we're still weaning from the last two bottles.

Jonna - posted on 10/15/2010

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My daughter is 17 months old. She does not use a blanket for anything, but is ABSOLUTELY attached to the binkie. I seem to not be able to take it away from her, or even want to at this point. It has saved us from many a public meltdown by her by simply sticking it in her mouth...Is this terrible?

Colleen - posted on 10/14/2010

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My older daughter is 5 and she had no problem getting rid of it she didnt even care and she was so atached to it. My 17 month old has it at night naps and the car. I was going to try to get rid of it a few weeks ago but she ended up getting pneumonia and I felt really bad for her she was so sick that I couldnt take it away. Im hoping in the next couple weeks we will try it.

Lacye - posted on 10/14/2010

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I only give it to my daughter at bed time and nap time. last week i had her going to sleep without it for 2 whole days! but her daddy gave it back to her one night because he was off work that night and didn't want to hear her cry! made me so mad!

Kyra - posted on 10/14/2010

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my son 17 months old only gets it at nap times or bed time, so yea i guess that is a bonus, except he takes nap times on the couch and hates being in bed but no one can be in there for him to go to sleep.

i tried a few weeks back to take it off him but then he got a whole body infection and i just couldnt do it to him, he was already in pain.

hopefully though it will be gone back to bed times,and then out of the cot and into the bin, he only has one, his last one and i'm not buying him anymore.

Danielle - posted on 10/13/2010

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My son is 17 months and we just took the dummy away about 2 weeks ago. I'm starting to regret it now but we feel we can't turn back. We aren't sure if something else has come into play but boy has his sleeping patterns changed.
He used to have 2 naps a day and he was a perfect little boy at bedtime.
Tucked into bed with his dummy and blankie and not a peep until the morning. EVER Since that day he is haveing a hard time. He has pretty much stopped napping during the day altogether and is taking ages to go to sleep at night. I thought 2-3 days and he would be back to normal but like I mentioned its been 2 weeks now. He doesn't always cry but he will babble and talk to himself for hours before finally giving in to sleep.
We don't understand how he can now get by on so little sleep and how drained we now feel by the end of the day!
I'm hoping that perhaps we have just been unlucky and that maybe something else is going on. Maybe 2 year molars a bit early???
Anyway if anyone else has had this difficulty and found a solution I'd love to hear from you.

Emily - posted on 10/13/2010

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My son is 17 month and we have been pacifer free for about a month. I think it was harder on me than it was on him. He cried the first night for a little bit but after that it wasnt needed. I was the one struggling with it when he would cry but he figured out that he didnt need it. I think the most important thing is to stick with it once you start. Dont take it away from her for a night and give it back the next night. Be strong. It wont take but a week and she will not even remember that it exists. Good Luck!

Nicole - posted on 10/13/2010

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i got rid of my son's pacifier when he turned 1. he never was really into the whole binkie thing unless it was nap time/ bedtime. i just started using his seahorse that plays music and would rock him using that and he never really fought me for it. it was pretty easy on him to get rid of it. after a couple days of not having it, i let him throw his binks in the garbage and told him he's now a big boy so he doesn't need them anymore!

Alisha - posted on 10/12/2010

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I'm not worried about it. I've never really let my son have a pacifier outside of bedtime and naps so he just uses them to fall asleep. He's 17 months old, and he's already started to wake up in the night and go back to sleep without them. He also falls asleep in the car without a pacifier. I just think it will be a natural progression where he just won't need it anymore, like when we were weaning from breastfeeding.

Kandice - posted on 10/08/2010

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Paci @ bedtime or nap time only. It isn't an issue taking it away, because she spits it out a few minutes after falling asleep so we are able to put it away before she wakes up. She has started throwing it out of her crib at naptime, so she's kin of doing the weaning herself, LOL!

Keira - posted on 10/06/2010

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We have just started taking the binky away from my daughter, who will be 17mos at the end of this month. We decided that the smoothest transition would be to put her to bed at night without it, but still let her have it for naps, or if she goes to bed at one of her grandparents' houses (we have very busy schedules and sometimes rely on them for bedtime). She has done fine at our house, and went down without a problem at her grandmother's last night with no binky, but she woke when we got home and wanted it then. I have a friend whose daughter is 2 months older than mine, and she suggested cutting the tip of the binky off, but I don't know what that does or how it works. Anyone have any experience with that?

Kara - posted on 10/05/2010

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My daughter had a hard time at first, but she had a bedtime routine, bath, books, and after i took her soother away, she got cuddles - My husband or I would stay in the room with her, and we'd cuddle her or she'd hold onto our hand until she fell asleep (took 10 mins at most) After that she was fine. Once in a while she asks to get cuddled at night (she's almost 4) but she's good.
lol It'll be interesting when we take my sons away - he likes to cuddle, but can't have us in the room to fall asleep, he needs to be alone/dark with his blanket and sound machine. I'm going to be starting November 1st with taking the soother away (at 18 months)

Sadie - posted on 10/05/2010

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Yeah I'm not worried about the little blankie but it's just becoming time to start getting rid of the pacifier. I think I'm just worried about how she's going to sleep when it's gone!

Kara - posted on 10/05/2010

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My son still has his soother, but he can't take it out of his bed with him, and his favoriate blanket which he usually leaves in bed, however i bring it with us on car trips/peoples houses, if he's tired he cuddles his blanket and only gets his soother when he's in his bed. I will have to look into getting rid of the soother soon too, but i noticed everytime i check on him, the soother is on the otherside of the crib or on the floor anyways, so here's to hopin' it won't be to hard!

Amber - posted on 10/05/2010

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We are one week into no pacifier. Surprisingly it was way easier then I thought... My son is 17 months old at a year the binkie had to stay in his bed no exceptions. We started this with his "snuggle" blanket also. As a result he got them both at nap and bedtime. This past week my husband went out of town "dada bye bye" my son says. I decided to tell him "binkie went bye bye with dada" when he asked for bnkie at his bed time. He seemed to understand that and needed a little extra cuddle time with me. He woke up a couple of times over the next nights but he would either fuss for a second and go back to sleep or i would go cuddle him for a little bit. I think the most important thing to remember is to be consistent. He still gets his "snuggle" blanket (only at nap and bed time) and at this stage I am not worried about getting rid of that but the binkie had to go!!

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