How do you get a 3 year old off of her pacifier?

Jennifer - posted on 01/02/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I have been trying to get my 3 year old to give up her pacifier. Nothing I have tried is working! Help!

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Corie - posted on 06/18/2010

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Ive herd alot of different things that you can do. One is to plant them in a pot with dirt and water them and then when the childis sleeping plant an acctual plant in there and they will think that there nuks turned into a flower. Or you could do it like the tooth fairy and put them under the pillow and put some toys in place of them while they sleep. My son just got off of his nuk when he turned 3. I took the hard way out and just basically told him that because hes 3 now hes a big boy and big boys dont use nuks and had him throw them all away and he was all for it untill it was time for bed. At that time I just sucked it up and listened to him cry and throw his fit eventally he got tired of it and went to sleep. And when he would go to dacare his teachers would just tell him that mommy forgot to bring one and he wouldnt throw such a fit, but now its like he doesnt even remember that he needed one of those all the time. Hope this helps! And good luck!!

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Sherri - posted on 07/12/2010

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thats so weird..i thought mine was the only 3yd old that had issues with this i thought i would never get him to give that thing up..but luckily one time when he had the stomach bug everytime he put the binky in his mouth he would gag or vomit and he thought it was from the binky that he was vomiting and stuff so he threw it away himself LOL..and never asked for it again thank god :)

Mandy - posted on 06/08/2010

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i told my daughter she was to old for one and that she should put it in the bin so she did and every time she asked for it i would remind her that she put it in the bin eventually she got over it

Heather - posted on 05/30/2010

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Just take them away. She will cry a lot but she will get over it. If you can' hear her scream for them tell her she can only have them for bed Once she is able to deal with having them only for bed take them away for bedtime too.

Alicia - posted on 03/17/2010

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i told my daughter i wouldn't buy anymore pacifiers and once hers were gone, they're gone. after they'd been lost, we had a bit of a struggle for about a week but she's been paci-free ever since! you just have to prepare her for not having them and follow through, be strong! watch out for finger sucking though....you can't take those away!

Mary Beth - posted on 03/11/2010

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I told my first one that the paci fairy needed them to give to little babies and that 2 y/o's don't use pacifiers. She resisted a little, but not for long. I have also heard to cut the tips off and they won't like them anymore. I didn't try that though.

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just take them and throw them away. you're the boss. tell her she is a big girl now, not a baby. she'll fuss but you just have to deal with it. she stop sooner or later. you should have taken it away when she was one. then you wouldn't have this problem. if you give in to her tantrum then she knows you are weak and she will just keep throwing tantrums and you won't be getting her off of the stupid thing any time soon at all. be firm, be strong. good luck.

Sonia - posted on 02/24/2010

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My oldest daughter was around 2 when we got rid of her pacifier. We had her help us throw them away. She cried a bit, but it only last about 2 nights I think. When she would ask for it I would remind her that we threw them in the garbage because she was to big for them, and she would remember and go off to play.

Dominika - posted on 02/23/2010

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I took the bowl of pacifiers to her with a pair of scissors,and we all know how much they love cutting things up, well i explained once she cut them we had to throw them away. Before i could blink they were cut and i made her throw them in the bin, when she started crying for them i asked what SHE did with her dummies, she told me and the blame lay solely with her ,she eventually stopped asking ! She even asked me once to stick them with glue. You gotta be strong and just explain to them, its the easy way out to surrender to them !

Crystal - posted on 02/17/2010

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The only thing you can do is just take them away. Or rather convince your kids to give them up. You have the be the strong one though, don't give in and buy more, once they kick the habit, it will be gone for good. Be Strong!

Tori - posted on 02/03/2010

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We told ours that other babies needed the pacifiers. Have yours gather up all of the pacifiers and put them someplace at night before they go to bed and the "pacifier fairy" will come to get them to give to the babies and leave a surprise in its place. Be strong - the first couple days are the worst, but it gets easier.

Christine - posted on 02/01/2010

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I made a deal with our little boy when he had just turned 3. He so wanted a set of drums for Christmas. I told him I had spoken with Santa and if he stopped using his pacifier, Santa would bring him the drums as a reward. He gave me all of his pacifier and did not once ask for them again! LOL One week later we put the drums in his room and when he found them he was so proud he had made that great deal with Santa! :-)

Lisa - posted on 01/23/2010

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i wish i could help, but my 3 yr old is also still on the paci. we tried to just throw them out and say she lost them, but she cried so much, that i just went out and bought new ones. I will be watching this thread for some advise myself.

Kimyl - posted on 01/10/2010

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if she loses them a lot i'd find them and throw them away, and make her find them. eventually she will stop looking.

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