2 year old won't let go of pacifier!

Kristie Lea - posted on 03/13/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My little girl is a little over 2 and has always been a fan of the pacifier. So much that she constantly wants it. Honestly I feel like i missing something as a mom because I feel bad if I take it away. I mean we're down to only nap time and bed time and lets not forget when we're in the car...or she makes it a horrible car ride. I've tried cutting off the tips and telling her they are broke and she believed me but that only lasted for 4 days and I ended up giving it back because she wasn't sleeping well without it, she was crying for it all night in her sleep. I felt as though I was causing some kind if emotional stress and gave in. Im desperate because I won't this pacifier addiction out of my home. Do I just be mean and throw it out not caring about her feelings? Or am I unconsciously causing it by giving it back every time? Her dad doesn't really help the situation for he likes her having it, it makes him still think of her as a baby I think. ..any suggestions would be great. . Thanks!

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Ev - posted on 03/13/2014

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If the story does not work, you do just need to take it away. A few nights she is going to fuss for it but this is normal. Once out of sight out of mind.

Constance - posted on 03/13/2014

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Write a story to tell her at night about a baby that is going to be born soon that needs a pacifier. In the story make it that the baby also has something like a night time bear that needs a new sleep partner to care for them. Tell her a deadline... encourage her everyday about the trade. On the day, you can tie the pacifier with a note from her to a balloon. Let her help set tye balloon free. Later, tie a teddy bear and note to a balloon and tangle it in a tree for her to find. After you do... make it a happy story you and her tell to friends and family. But do not bring another pacifier into the house.

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