My daughter is 2yrs.and 4 months, I took her pacifier away about two weeks ago. She was a great sleeper and now we fight ever night about bed time and she wakes up earlier and earlier. I know she's not getting enough sleep because she is so grumpy. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make sleep time better for everyone involved?

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Viola - posted on 01/16/2009

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Some kids are just more attached to their pacifier, my daughter is not so much but my son was another story he was dependent on it and is not that i have done anything differently.

Nazia - posted on 01/16/2009

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My son is 2 years and 10months old.  I remember him having trouble sleep around your daughter’s age.  I don't think it’s completely the pacifier.  I think she is developing emotions and taking her understanding of them to the next level and just wants to be with you.  My son was a good sleeper too than, but he started to get scared at nights just by hearing any sounds for example train sounds are common in our neighborhood, kids playing outside, garbage trucks, and so on.  And those sounds were there before and didn’t bother him and he would sleep through them, but around your daughter’s ago he started to notice them and started to attach feeling to them.  So as for the solution, I got him a humidifier.  The loud sound of the humidifier killed all the other sounds and he started to sleep good again but he still wasn’t too good of a sleep as he had used to be. He got use to the humidifier and sleeps good as he use to.  I do leave the humidifier on the entire night and during naps.  Also, humidifier is on in the summer and winter regard less what the season or day of time when he sleeps it turns on.  I hope that helps.  Don't go back to the pacifier, no back tracking only move forward!

Viola - posted on 01/15/2009

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Quoting Erin:

My daughter is 2yrs.and 4 months, I took her pacifier away about two weeks ago. She was a great sleeper and now we fight ever night about bed time and she wakes up earlier and earlier. I know she's not getting enough sleep because she is so grumpy. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make sleep time better for everyone involved?

Not sleeping with out her pacifier.


Hi Erin:



 



Wanted to tell you my story briefly.  It was very hard to take the pacifier away from my son.  I first tried when he turned 15 months by not allowing it in the car.  Then a few weeks after i tried it overnight and it was a nightmare, he would wake up screaming and nothing would soothe him.  Then i gave up.  I was told that there is no harm in the pacifier at least until 5 (i dont remember who told me this)



 



Anyway....few weeks before he turned 3 (September 09) i started telling him that bee-bee fairy (he called his pacifier bee bee) was comming to take his bee bee away and she was going to give him a gift because now he was a big boy and no longer needed his bee bee.  I asked what kind of toy he liked for the fairy to bring to him so he wanted race cars. That night i took his pacifier away and placed the gift in his room he saw it in the morning, he did ask for his pacifier for 2-3 days after but nothing major, no crying or anything just asing where it was now etc. 



 



Now i wish i had not tried it at 15 months when i remember his cries and suffering (really) for the lack of it.  It was soo easy once he grew up a bit and started to understand more.



 



Hope this helps.



Viola

Melissa - posted on 01/15/2009

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My husband and I just took the pacifier away from my two year old right before the holidays.  We made it a family event and most importantly made our son apart of it.  We went out and bought ten balloons, came home, and grabbed the binkies.  We then went out in the backyard and tied his two remaining binkies to the balloon strings.  The whole time talking to him about how it's time for the binkies to go help another little boy and how much of a big boy he was and that he didn't need them anymore.  We think he understood because when we left the balloons go, he waved byebye to them and watched them until they were out of sight.  Throughout the day, he would ask where's the binky at, but we would remind him that they went byebye.  The first night or two was a bit rough but we just took the time to read to him and talk to him.  By the third night, he was in a routine and not another word mentioned about the binkies.  So you could try something like that and then just introduce a animal or something soft to cuddle in-replace of a pacifier.

Amber - posted on 01/15/2009

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We did the same for my son at about 18 months.  A sound machine worked well in his room.  The white noise soothed him and he sleeps well.  He also has a blankie for his crib and I give him a book or two to look through and calm himself down.  I wouldn't give your daughter her paci back...it's a step in the wrong direction.  She'll adjust.

Tanya - posted on 01/15/2009

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give her back the pacifier? I suspect she'll wean herself of it eventually... or you may have a cute and memorable first grade picture to look back on! :)

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There is a programme called 'The Sleep Sense Programme', and I would reccommend it. She will be crying because she's use to using it to get to sleep, she needs a toy or blankie and has to learn to put her self to sleep without the pacifier.

Sahara - posted on 01/15/2009

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i would try and just let her have her pacifier in bed and thats the only place, thats what i do with my daughter. the only place she is allowed to have it is when she is sleeping and when she wakes up she puts it on her dresser in the morning and thats where it stays all day.

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