Help me get rid of the pacifier for a 2 year old!!
Diane - posted on 07/04/2010
Dont put so much thought into it..just take it away and explain to him why..i dont like to lie to my son so i just tell him like it is in ways he understands..it was easier on him then one me cuz i was so used to puting a paci in his mouth everytime he cried but when he found a paci he threw it away, plain and simple he will be fine =]
Christa - posted on 07/03/2010
Hi Nancy! I thought that getting rid of the pacifier would be traumatic for my daughter, but in reality it was only 2 nights of a bit more interrupted sleep. We had to get rid of it when she was just over 2 years old because they stopped manufacturing the pacifier she used, and she refused to take any other kind...so I didn't have much of a choice...but it ended up a whole lot easier than I expected. We did start to wean her a bit before hand...I'd take it away when we were at play group, when she was distracted, and then we'd only give it to her at nap or bed time.
The first 2 nights without the soother were the most difficult, because she'd wake up more often. But truly and honestly, after that, life was golden. She didn't even ask about it.
Good luck to you ~ I'm sure it'll be just fine :)
Tiffany - posted on 07/01/2010
I know you said you don't want suggestions leading to letting him cry...but...have you tried putting him to bed without it? My kids are 11 months apart in age, I took theirs away at the same time when my daughter was 2 1/2 and my son was 18 months, I was prepared for the worst and was petrified to put them to bed the night I decided to do it and I was also prepared to not get any sleep. I had already taken them away during the day though, so at the point I took them off, they were only getting them at nighttime or naps. When I put them to bed, We brushed teeth, read a book, did the usual bedtime routine and put them to bed....they went right to bed, no problems at all. They both asked for it once but I told them I couldn't find it and that if it was a REALLY big issue, we'd go to the store and get another one but I told them I knew they could sleep without it and sure enough...no more pacis! You can do it...its not as hard as you expect it to be I promise. :) Good luck!
Aimie - posted on 07/01/2010
Start gradually weening him. My 29 month old is addicted to his binky! Once he turned 2 my husband and I had a sit down conversation with him and told him that he could only have his binky at nap time or bed time. We would make him keep his binky in his bed and if he was not ready to give it up after nap time he laid in bed until he was. This has really seemed to work for us. Sometimes if he is in a stressful situation he asks for his binky and we allow it, same with if he is sick. We also have a rule that he may not speak with his binky in; he has to take it out if he wants to talk to us. Once he turns 3 we are going to have him give his binkies to the binky fairy for all of the babies that don't have any. We have already started getting him ready for this event. Just keep your child involved in your plans and remember that he really is still a baby and you need to cut him some slack. Having a binky until he is 3 is not the end of the world. :)
Deborah - posted on 06/30/2010
try the binky fairy (you can substitute any name that would work for your son. Have your son gather all the binkies and put them in a bag or bucket, then hang i from a tree or somewhere that would work for you. Explain that the Binky Fairy is going to take the binkies to the babies that don't have any and that they will leave him a special big boy surprise. It can be whatever you think is a good thing to buy, maybe a new stuffed animal or something that can comfort him now that the binkies can't anymore. I have heard very good things about this.
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