18 months old how can we get rid of the pacifier?

LaMonica - posted on 11/14/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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This is my third baby, but I have never had a problem with getting rid of the pacifier until jeremiah came along. He screams his head off if he can't have it. It is with him 24 hrs a day. Or could it be because he is teething? He never liked teething rings. He had his first dentist appointment and she said it has to go!

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Melvinsmom - posted on 11/17/2012

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We waited for the weekend after his 2nd birthday. Set a goal and set a deadline. Everyone will be happier.

Melvinsmom - posted on 11/17/2012

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We went "cold turkey". We bagged ALL of the binkies and put them ALL in the garbage. My son who has PDD-NOS, had many temper tantrums for 2 days. My husband and I made a plan , and knew what would was going to happen. We had planned activities for the weekend to try to keep him distracted but we still had a hard time. My son would get angry when we would tell him the binkies are for babies, and the tantrums started happening less and less. He then created a new attachment for cars and trucks. He takes a car everywhere and to this day, he sleeps with his special trucks and cars. (We have to remove them before we go to bed :-). Just pick a weekend and do it! I hope my story helps. Pull off the bandaid! Good luck!

Try some baby oragel to help with teething too.



- Melvinsmom

LaMonica - posted on 11/16/2012

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@ariana and @lola, Thank you all so much I will try your recommendations. I just have to get used to the crying part of the situation, he loves his nuks and binkies.

Ariana - posted on 11/15/2012

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I would ween him off of it but I'd probably take a little while to do it, especially since he's only 18 months old. When he's two it would be easier to do because you can explain to him that he's a big boy and you only use pacifiers at certain times etc.



I would start with when he's in a program (if he goes to a music class or something like that). If he doesn't do things like that then if he's going to a park to play, anything where it's only about an hour long. Just to get him used to not having it and then he'll know he only has a certain amount of time without it.



Once you've done that and he's fairly comfortable with it (maybe a month or so) go to he can't have it when you go out. So he can have it in the house but not outside of the house. Then go to just in the morning, naptime, and before bed (and bedtime). Eventually to just when he's sleeping.



Personally I would wait until he's 2 before trying this but he might understand, depends on the kid. My son still gets it when he goest to sleep but not at any other times.

Lola - posted on 11/15/2012

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Try to ween him off it be patient and consistent and reward him tons when he does something without it start with him having it like all the way until after his nap and then only give it to him at bed then make it so he can have it from when he wakes up and til lunch and then only at bed a cut down and limit the time like that u til you let him have it only at nights and then keep telling him that he has 2 more nights with paci and then just keep limiting hours until eventually it's gone! Be patient give lots of rewards invent a paci fairy or what ever that takes them all Awway at the End and then give him a small toy or something.Be consistent and patient with lots of praise!



Best of luck.would love to know how it works for you,it worked well with my nephew when he was 17 months :)

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