my 4-yr.old son still sucks a pacifier when it's for bed, what will I do? I want to get rid of it!

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Joanne - posted on 04/14/2010

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from age 2 to almost 4, i tried many things to get my son off the (binky)..he only needed it at night time when he slept, so it was a big challenge...I just decided, enough was enough and sat him down and explained to him that he had to say goodbye to the binkys...so I helped him cut off the nipple part with sissors to make it official..he enjoyed it because he got to do it..it made him feel in control...of course i was at nights with him for about a week, cuz he would cry and cry for it..but i never gave in........he is almost 5 now.

Nicole - posted on 04/11/2010

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take her to the mall when the easter bunny or santa is there in tell her she has to give it to them, im sure she'll b more then happy.

Jessica - posted on 04/11/2010

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Just trow them in the trash. I thought at 2 my son was too old so we gathered with all up and we threw them away. We waved good bye to them and everything. That night he asked for them and I reminded him he is a big boy and that daddy nor big brother use them and he doesnt need to use them either. You know what? He turned over and went to sleep. It was very simple. Just dont give it to him and he cant have it. Be strong, firm and just say NO! You are the mom.

Amy DeMello - posted on 04/03/2010

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My son had his until he was 4 also...No matter what I did he did not listen.( I couldnt stand the screaming).. I passed a note to his Doctor telling him about the binkie issue. The Doctor asked him about it, and then told him that he was just too old for it, and that he was a "Big Boy" now and didnt need it. He went to bed that night and NEVER asked for it. It was amazing!!

Teresa - posted on 04/03/2010

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What I did was when my daughter was 3 is cut the nipple off and tell her it broke and we aren't buying new ones because big girls don't use pacifiers and let her pick pick out something new to sleep with.

Crystal - posted on 04/02/2010

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I have 3 children and getting rid of the pacifiers at an earlier age was a blessing but I have sat here thinking how I might be able to help you. I came up with finding all pacifiers and letting him put them in a ziploc or something, let him know that he is a big boy and big boys don't need them and tell him their are babies that need them and that he should give them to the babies that don't have any. He might just surprise you and want to help all the babies out there =0) Hope this helps!

Tanya - posted on 04/01/2010

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we got rid of our then 3yr old sons pacifier (he's now 7yrs old) by throwing it out the car window when we were driving one day. my husband and i were so over him having it all the time that my hubby just grabbed it out of my sons mouth and chucked it out the window. he cried for a bit then got over it.

Nicola - posted on 04/01/2010

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i took my daughters dummy away when she was four i told her the tooth fairy comes for it on her birthday and i warned her about this for a couple of wks before her birthday she seemed to accept it and actually went to bed that night with out. with in ten minutes she screamed the house down for at least three hours and eventually fell to sleep, i refused to give it her back and told her the fairy had come and it was gone for the next wk she cried each night but it grew less and less it is hard but you have to stick by your guns and stay strong it can become upsetting for you and the child but there will come a point when they get over it and you will wonder what all the fuss was about. honest

Ricki - posted on 04/01/2010

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The best thing you have going for you is his age: he's old enough to understand that it won't be coming back and that it's time he's done with it. I took my daughters pacifier away from her at about 2 1/2 (she's 5 now) and for about a week straight she would cry and cry for it. She didn't completely understand that it was no longer an option, but I had to stick to it. At 4, your sons old enough for you to explain things (such as why pacifiers are bad for big boys!!) and he'll get what you're saying.
Maybe try swapping it out with a stuffed animal that he gets to pick out (either a new one or one he already has). You may also try telling him that the stuffed animal won't affect his teeth like a pacifier will and the animal really wants to help him get some good rest. But--once you take it, do NOT give in and give it back. No matter how much crying he does. It will pass and he will be fine!

Melissa - posted on 03/31/2010

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i sent you a message, but i wanted to respond here too....my now 6 year old had that habit till she was around 3. The only thing I could think of was to throw them away and tell her the "pacifier fairy" had come because she was a big girl now...

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