I cant get rid of my 2 and 4 year olds pacifiers does anyone have any suggestions?
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RolÃ© - posted on 01/27/2009
We also used the fairy story - the baby fairies need the binky. My daughter was 3. She had one of those aquariums in her crib when she was a baby making the music and sounds and I have that to her as a replacement. She loved it. It does take a few days for them to get used to the new arrangement, but just stick with it.
Stephanie - posted on 01/27/2009
Hi Lindsay, I had this issue with my daughter. She had her bink till she was almost 3. Some have told me to have a binky going away party to celebrate her growing up. I thought that was a great idea, but never did it. However, she lost her last bink, I could not find it anywhere. So, instead of going out to buy another I just explained to her, Mommy doesnt have a bink, daddy doesnt have a bink and you dont. We had some issues over the following 2 days, but I just kept explaining the she was a big girl now and no one else in the house has a bink. She came to accept that. I hope your efforts pay off, and remember you never see 6 year olds with binks! LOL
Adriana - posted on 01/27/2009
We took a trip to the Doctors office to give the "new babies there" our old pacifiers. did this with all three kids at age 2. Mine were the kids that had one in the mouth and one in the hand at all times!! I thought I would be up all night for weeks, but it was only ONE night of waking and reminding them that they gave the pacifier to the babies at the Doctors office. I did this with their bottles too when they turned 1!!
Jennifer - posted on 01/26/2009
I had 2 friends with the same problem...one solved it when she went to her parents house who had a dog the little girl loved to death. When they got home, they told her the dog needed it and she just wouldn't take it away from the dog because she loved the dog so much. The other family had a goodbye ceremony for the pacifier. A mini party for the pacifier and at the end the little girl threw the pacifier away herself. They said it was hard the first 2 nights without it, but after that, no problems.
Whitney - posted on 01/26/2009
We did a gradual/cold turkey. With my daughter around 2 - 2 1/2 we only let her have them at naptime and night time. That was ok with her since that was mostly when she wanted them. Then we went down to no binkie at naptime. We tried the binkie fairy thing with her but it didn't really work that well. Even after the ceremony and the promise of a thank you present fromthe fairy the next morning, she still cried for it when she went down that night. She told us she didn't want the fairy to have them any more. This was 3 months before her 3rd birthday. That night we basically did a cry-it-out, where my husband and I took turns going in her room and comforting her between longer and longer intervals until she finally fell asleep at around 2am. She cried for it the next night until about 11 and then the night after that she asked for it at bedtime but then went right to sleep.
I agree with the other moms that whatever method you choose, you really have to stick to your guns. We're coming up on another round of binkie rehab in about a year as my son is turning 2 in July and we've decided our kids don't need binkies after 3 years old.
Jessie - posted on 01/26/2009
my daughter kept putting holes in the silicone and i just refused to buy more and made her put them in the bin. she still asks for one on occasions if she sees her baby brother wiht one but luckily he doesnt really like.
Erin - posted on 01/26/2009
We used a gradual step-down method with both our boys. First we limited usage to in the house and car, then just the house, then just in bed. We would give them advance notice (for instance, "starting on Saturday...) when each step was about to occur. We coincided the final step with a birthday for each of them, along with telling them that since they were a big boy now that it would be nice to "give" their pacifier to a baby who needed it. The first night brought a little whining, but no major problems and we haven't heard a word about them since.
Marci - posted on 01/26/2009
We used the "paci fairy" method on my daughter. She used her pacis almost 24 hours a day until she was 2 year old. I then decided it was time to get rid of them. I found a small toy for the "fairy" to give in exchange for the pacis. We had my daughter place all pacis into a gift bag which we then hung in a tree in the backyard. The next morning she found the same bag filled with the toy. She never asked for a paci after that. Hope this helps!
Valerie - posted on 01/26/2009
I've heard of many people using the tactic of cutting off the tips of them and telling them they are broken. But, however you decide to do it, you have to stand firm and stick with it. It might suck for a few days, but it will work!! Good luck!
Emily - posted on 01/26/2009
Since they're old enough, I would try something like the "pacifier fairy" or maybe find a young relative (new baby cousin?) that they can "donate" their pacifiers to, since they're such big kids.
My older two used rubber pacifiers (they were the only ones they'd accept) and we just let them get old and worn out... both my older girls gave up their pacifiers on their own around 18-19 months. They just handed them to me one day and never asked for them back. My baby is 13 months and has never had a pacifier. :)
Lisa - posted on 01/26/2009
My kids always sucked their thumbs, but I saw a clever idea on The Nanny where they told the child it was time to send their pacifier to the fairy because they didn't need it anymore so they put it in an envelope and let the child put it in the mailbox. You might try it. Goodluck with whatever you decide to try!
Rachael - posted on 01/26/2009
I cut the tips off and told her they were broken. She carried them around for about a day then she threw them away on her own. Also with my oldest child i told him for a couple of months that on his 3rd birthday they were gone. So on his birthday they were gone. The best thing is to follow through with what ever you do... DON'T back down
Meredith - posted on 01/26/2009
What worked for my son was a gradual step-down method. First, we limited pacifier usage to inside the house, then only to sleep time, then only to overnight, and then we said "let's try bedtime without your bink just for tonight," and after the first night, he only asked for it once, and then he was totally fine. We just made sure we stuck to our rules, and let him be comfortable at each level before restricting bink usage more.