Need suggestions on how to ditch the binky for good!

Dara - posted on 03/25/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Ok, my oldest Trinity turned 2 January 4th. She went the first year of her life wanting nothing to do with a binky. Shortly after turning one I began to ween her off the bottle, as I was expecting our second daughter May 2009. I read some things that said it was ok to use the binky to help get them off the bottle. It worked great, and to begin with she just used the binky at naptime and bedtime. Then before I knew it, if we left the house without the darn thing she would throw a complete fit. I kept extras in each of my diaper bags to help avoid any major catastrophes as a result of a lost or forgotten binky. She wants to carry the thing around in her mouth constantly. She talks great, counts a bit and knows pretty much all of her colors so it's not really stopping her from talking just keeping others from being able to understand her.
When she is playing at home or out she gives it to me and I put it away. She even threw all her binky's away the other day and I thought we were done, till that night when she just refused to go to bed and luckily I had hit 2 just for that circumstance. Anyway, just not sure what to do with her. She's already got a blanky she carries around as well. Her pediatrician said to try a blanky or soft toy but she won't give up the blanky she already has. I have been limiting the binky usage to naps and bedtime only since she threw them all away on Monday. What do you think? What has worked for you? Thanks Moms!

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Diane - posted on 05/20/2010

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I have a 2yo also and she has never taken a binky and out of the blue she decided she wanted one. It's not habitual, more of a play thing, she runs around with it in her mouth upside down. But I've always heard to cut the tip off of it and she will lose interest in it.

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I took both my kids away from them when they were 6 months old. I figured the sooner the better... they didn't even miss it any more than one or two nights. I just pretended it was missing, and let them cry over it for a night or two until they fell asleep, then they stopped. They were good about it.

Shyla - posted on 05/12/2010

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This was very hard for me. and it got to the point when little neil starting chewing holes in NEW binkies. At that point I was done with it. I threw them all out and endured the screaming and just held and rocked him and his sister to comfort them. Within a week/two weeks they weren't even asking for them. If you can deal with the screaming to come, go for it.

Laura - posted on 05/12/2010

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my daughter threw her own binkys out after my new puppy got a hold of them, i simply told her they were broken and she couldnt use them anymore and she cried for about 2 weeks but i just kepy telling her that SHE threw them away, and she agreed' Yea puppy broken them they in trash' that was in jan just after she turned 2 and she hasn't asked for them since, now i jsut have to try getting her potty trained lol

Stephanie - posted on 04/26/2010

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We got up one day and the binky was gone!lol She asked for it most of that day and I just ignored her, I didn't say no to her or anything. Yes she cried but like most tantrum they eventually end and you move on. The 1st few days are hard, but you #1 thing to remember is that your in control and not her.

Dara - posted on 04/26/2010

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I LOVE Super Nanny so I will for sure have to try that! Things at home have been crazy and I have just been putting it off but need to get it done before it ends up being any more difficult.

Jamie - posted on 04/25/2010

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LOL I had the same problem,My daughter was 2 n still married to the thing. I had tried the Cold turkey Method, Cutting holes in the tips EVERYTHING, Untill I saw Super Nanny do the Binky Fairy Technic. So for 2 weeks all I did was tell her about the binky fairy and we discussed that she comes and takes it at night and leaves a present, then she gives it to a new baby. She was excited about it and then when the night finally came. She put it in the little box we made just for the binky fairy and went to bed without a fuss.It was the first 2 weeks that were hell! LOL everynight she would cry for it and I would tell her it went bye bye and shed agree n say ya to the babies... It took a couple weeks but she got over it.

Dara - posted on 04/05/2010

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That's a great idea Kellie, cause that is exactly what I did with Trinity. She was all for being a big girl and throwing them away but lost it at bed time. I will have to try that. Does your boy sleep in a crib or a big kid bed? Not that it really matters, but she's still in her crib, idea will work either way though. Thanks again!

Kellie - posted on 04/04/2010

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Me and my husband was so worried how my son would do getting off the passy, One weekend when we were not working or going anywhere, we sat down and told him that it was time to be a big boy and throw away the passy. He did, he threw the passy away himself, but that night he cried for it, so we ended up giving him a book to look at in his bed, it worked like a charm, we left him alone in his room for 15 minutes went back and he was out like a light. Now that has become a nightly ritual, he gets a book or a small toy and he basically plays himself to sleep, normally it doesn't even take him 15-20 minutes before he is out. Hope it may work for you! Good luck!

Dara - posted on 03/31/2010

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Fantastic ideas Moms! I love the feedback...all the ideas are great, now I just need to figure out which I think will work best for my little one. Good luck on Easter Michelle and hopefully I'll be rid of the binkys by then as well. :)

Lyndsey - posted on 03/29/2010

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We used the "binky fairy" about 3 weeks ago to get rid of the binky for my 2 year old. I explained the the binky fairy needed to give her binkies to the little babies who needed them then the binky fairy would bring her a present. We gathered them all up and put them in a bag and put them on our doorstep. My husband AKA binky fairy took the bag to his car and brought up a playdoh set and put it on the doorstep. She loved it! She was desperately attached to that stupid binky and now she doesn't even ask for it. the only time she brings it up is to tell people about the binky fairy. Worked like a charm!

Emily - posted on 03/29/2010

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My doctor told me to cut the tip of the binky off....the same day my doctor told me that two other ladies told me the same thing...so it works. They eventually get tired of it because they can't hold it in their mouths and suck on it anymore. I do have to say night time does kinda suck for a while without one, but all you can tell her is that it's broken, and give her the broken binky at night and she will figure it out!! Hope this helps!!

Michelle - posted on 03/29/2010

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I have the same problem wit my daughter,she turned 2 on the 5th Jan but i'm telling her that the easter bunny is coming and that if she gives up her num-num then the easter bunny will leave her a surprise. It worked when my eldest was little so I'll have to keep u posted on how it goes. Problem being I have another daughter who was 1 on the 1st Jan and she still uses a dummy although she has only recently started it as she saw my 2yr old with 1 so it might be tricky. Holidays are always good for these things so u can trade 1 thing for another but u might have 2 get ur daughter a teddy 2 replace it with, good luck x

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