My 2 1/2 year old still uses a binky and WILL NOT go to sleep with out it. Any ideas on how to ween him off?

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Audra - posted on 04/13/2012

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so, my son was in love with Peter Rabbit after watching an old VHS tape. I found this great stuffed rabbit for $0.50 at a yard sale, washed him, and named him "Binky." When my son next asked for his binky at bedtime, I gave him the rabbit and told him his name was Binky. He couldn't have Binky and his binky at the same time, and with time he wanted his 'babies' more than he wanted his binky.

Lindsey - posted on 04/13/2012

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nolan was the kind of kid who would not do anything without his paci, it was affecting his speech because he wouldnt take the darn thing out of his mouth long enough to speak...he was close to 3 years old, one night his dad brought him home from his weekend with him, and he had left it, and i couldnt find one in the house anywhere ( you know because they magically disapear)... it was 9 pm and i wasnt about to go to the store for another one, i told him he left it daddys and wed get it later...went to sleep fine, and the whole next day he did without it...we threw all of them away and he never asked for one again? im not sure how it was so easy, especially if you seen how he was with his paci, total security blanket! im just thankful its gone because seeing 4+ year olds with a paci is just to much for me

Amy - posted on 04/05/2012

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My son was the same way. He would stay up for hours crying without it. I cut the tips off 1 binky and threw the rest away. The first night was a little rough he got up a few times crying for it and I just kept handing him the one with the tip cut off. The next night I cut a little more off of it and he actually handed it back to me that night beccause it was "broken". I did this when he was 2 years and 3 months old. Now he doesn't ask about it, look for it or anything. Hope this helps!

Sam - posted on 04/04/2012

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Hi Lilianna with my son i had to just take it away from him when he was about 2 1/2 years old and i had a bad few nights but was well worth the fight cause now he sleeps tthough the whole night without waking up. it will be hard not to just give it him so hi will go to sleep but you have to just be tuff and hang in and it will work out for you. good luck

September - posted on 04/03/2012

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We went cold turkey with our son. He asked for it a couple of times the day we took it away and that was it. Have you tired just taking it away? You may have a few rough nights but it will pass. Good luck!

Valerie - posted on 04/02/2012

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I had a very difficult time weaning my daughter off the binky. There were a few late night runs to the store to buy one because she lost hers and wouldn't sleep without it. When she was 3 I finally had enough. (I would start on a weekend, there will be crying and a few late nights involved. And I would prepare yourself to feel bad for not giving it to him) I simply took it away and never gave it back. I explained to her that she was a big girl and didn't need it anymore and WE THREW it away together and I allowed her to have a sippy cup of WATER at bed time instead as a "this is what big girls use" trade off. After a few nights of her crying and me reminding her that she didn't need it anymore she realized she didn't and hasn't used one since. It was about the same as sleep training her. Going in and reassuring her that she is ok and handing her the sippy cup reminding her that she is a big girl and doesn't need the binky. Then I would leave and let her cry for a little and go back in and do the same thing. Eventually she just went to sleep like she never used a binky to begin with. You just gotta stick it out till the end or it wont work.

Brittney - posted on 04/02/2012

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Only let him use it for a certain amount of time, he'll get bored with it.

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