breaking the pacifier

Molly - posted on 08/05/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My daughter turns one this month and uses a pacifier only for bedtimes. I would like to get rid of it all together real soon. Any tips or can you tell me what working for you??

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Laura - posted on 08/05/2009

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A friend of mine took her daughter to "Biuld a Bear" .. and had them insert the pacifier into the bear. Her daughter then slept with the bear that she made, with the comfort of knowing that the pacifier was inside. She was almost 3 years old, so Im not sure if a 1 year old would quite understand.. .but its just an idea! Good Luck!

Chris - posted on 08/05/2009

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Molly, We read this in Family Circle or some other mag like that, but at Christmas time, we decorated his binky as a family, with glue, glitter, ribbons, etc, and hung it on the tree. (Of course he didnt' know there were a million others around the house, so he thought that was the only one) In the middle of the night he woke up and wanted his binky, but I took him down to the tree and showed him it was all "ucky". He cried a little, but that was all the fuss he made of it and it was over.

He's 23 now, and putting the binky on the tree is always a good laugh at Christmas.

Molly - posted on 08/05/2009

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i'll give it a try Chanel and let you know how it goes on my end, let me know how it works for you too!

Chanel - posted on 08/05/2009

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Hey Molly I'm trying to break the cycle as well here on my end, but someone told me to cut the tip off of it and they won't want it anymore. I'm going to give it a try, maybe you should too. Hopes this helps!

Mary - posted on 08/05/2009

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As long as your daughter doesn't go to school or down the aisle with it. She will break it on her own.

Jackie - posted on 08/05/2009

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if you cut it vertically or opposite from the way the nipple goes, they won't take it. it does work too, i told my sister and she did it on my nephew. luckily my son broke himself of it.

Cathy - posted on 08/05/2009

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I 'broke' my daughter's dummy, but she was 2 and half when I decided to do this (a new baby had arrived, and she was just in a big bed so didn't want to do it sooner), gave her a toy to cuddle, and she seemed fine with it.

Kim - posted on 08/05/2009

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a friend on mine made a trade. there was a toy her child really wanted, so she told her she could have it in exchange for the pacifier. she willingly made the trade. my girls never took pacifiers, but i wish they did... thumbs can't just magically disappear or be bartered with.

Randi - posted on 08/05/2009

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Try having a buy buy passy ceremony. Similar to what Kristy said I made a countdown calender for one week and started to get him really into it. We told him that on that day we would have to send all his pacifiers up into the sky so all the angel babies could have them and that in return he would have a gift waiting for him. We got some helium balloons and tied all his passys to the ends and went down to the beach. He let them all go and as he was watching them go up we put the gift just out of the reach of the waves and made it look like it had washed ashore for his good deed. He loved it and seamed to adjust real well. Good luck

Kim - posted on 08/05/2009

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I took my sons binky off of him when he was 2 yrs old. He only used for nap time and bedtime too. One day I gathered up all of the binky's I could find. One by one I let him cut the tops of them off. Then when he went for his binky later in the day I told him that they were all broke. He didn't cry or scream at all because he knew he had broken them. He never used another binky again.

Stacie - posted on 08/05/2009

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We got my daughter involved in giving up her dummies by making up a 'no more dummies' chant, telling her that it made her a big girl, like having no more nappies, & getting her to put them in the bin by herself! Got to make sure it is all of them so there is no chance of giving in! She did really well & she didn't even ask for one after that.

Dawn - posted on 08/05/2009

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Make the pacifier less desirable to him by cutting a triangle out of the top of it. It will cause the pacifier to collapse on him when he sucks on it and they usually don't like that very much. Don't let him see you do it though. Then you can act surprised and ask him what happened and tell him that it is broken. Eventually have him throw it in the trash himself.
Hope that helps! Good Luck

Stephanie - posted on 08/05/2009

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When our son turned one we just took them all away since he was a "big boy". He also got his new "big boy" bed the same day. He seemed fine with it. I think he may have cried for it the first night but after that, it was all good.

Heather - posted on 08/05/2009

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I would suggest going cold turkey. You may have a rough 1 or 2 nights but that is the best way to do it. I would do it sooner rather then later, cause the longer you wait the harder it is to get rid of.

Kristy - posted on 08/05/2009

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I waited until my son was two (and he this only at nap time and bedtime). I used a suggestion from my school counselor. On the night before Easter Sunday, my son gathered all of his pacifiers in an Easter basket. In exchange for his pacifiers, the Easter bunny would leave him a gift. He got his first matchbox cars (one for each pacifier)...he was so tickled! He did ask for this paci every once in a while after that, we just reminded him that he had made an exchange. If you don't want to use the Easter bunny, giving them to a friends newborn baby as a gift from your daughter might work (of course the new baby will not use them : ). Good luck!

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