Tips to get rid of the pacifier.............

Tamika - posted on 09/27/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son will be 2 in January and I want to get him off the pacifier. He is really attached to it at night and he can't seem to sleep without it. I try to keep it from him during the day, but when he is really fuzzy I end up giving it to him. What can I do to ease it away from him. My goal is to get it away from him by the time he turns 2. Help!!!

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Robin - posted on 11/22/2009

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Quoting cassandra:

I found an opportunity when my son was sick to take it away. He had a lot of congestion, his nose was stuffy and had to breath through his mouth at night. It was a painful 3 days and nights but I just didn't give it back to him afterwards. Just have patience and you'll find an opportunity soon enough.


I am having the same problem taking it away and wish it would be this easy for me because when my son is sick he will still take his pacifier and just hold it with his teeth and still breath through his mouth, but with my son who is 5 now we just told him to throw it away when he was about 9 months and he did

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on an episode of super nanny she go the kids to "mail" their pacifiers to the pacifier fairy and she "mailed" them back a little gift. for effect she sprinkled glitter on the ground around the mailbox and they went out to get the mail with their mom to see what they got.

Cherilyn - posted on 10/03/2009

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Personally, if they only have it at night i don't see its that big a deal (mine used to leave it under the pillow during the day). But if you really want him off it a few more ideas are -my eldest gave his up when he got his big boys bed, just handed them all over. My middle son swopped it for a cuddly toy he picked & my daughter used her's to 'pay' for something she wanted (she was older as she has special needs) pre arranged with a local shopkeeper. Didn't have any probs with boys. In no rush to take youngest ones of him, i'll know when the times right.

Shannon - posted on 10/03/2009

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I have had three girls in three years and the only way to successfully take the dummy away is to go cold turkey. For all three (all at 2.5 years of age) I took it off them (even though it sounds cruel) one day and when they went for their day nap, it took them about 30 minutes of crying themselves to sleep (again very hard but you have to do it), and then after that one episode, the dummy was a thing of the past. For all three, it took one time of throwing dummys away altogether, letting them cry it out and then that it is. DO NOT GIVE DUMMY BACK OR GIVE IN. Believe me they forgot about dummy after one day

Jesse - posted on 09/30/2009

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try tallking to him about it by saying when santa comes he is going to take his dummie and is going to leave him a present for being a good boy.

or is one of ur friends having a baby u could say that there baby needs a dummie and he could be a big boy by giving it to the new baby.

it worked for my sister when my daughter came alone my nephew gave her is little boy dummies and bottle then he was a big brave boy.

hope this helps

Katie - posted on 09/30/2009

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oh yea 1more ting... wen your child had stopd taken the dummie did he want it again if he saw another child with a dummy...?

Katie - posted on 09/30/2009

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my little boy is also 2 in jan and Loves his dummy (he calls it his do-do) if i try and hide it from him he crys dodo al day... i really want to take it away from him but i feel bad but im gonna try wat lacey suggested... i knw its gonnna be hard ill feel so mean doing it but it has to be done and he still has his blankey to comfort him...gud luck to every 1 doin it...

Jenny - posted on 09/30/2009

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I got rid of my older daughters just before she was 3. Because she was a bit older, we went down the "dummy fairy" route. She wrote a letter asking for a certain toy, & put dummy & letter under her pillow. In the morning, the fairy had been & left her a present!! We said that the fairy took the dummies for the new babies that needed them! I know thats a bit girly, my friend did a similar thing with her son. She hung it on a tree overnight & in the morning there was a present for him! My youngest daughter is also 2 in January & only has her dummy at night. It seems like such a daunting thought to take it away! If its any help, i was really anxious about taking my older daughters dummy off her, but after 2 niggly nights, it was fine. It went a lot smoother than i imagined. Good luck xxx

Lacey - posted on 09/29/2009

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My son loved his pacifiers and I thought we would have a really difficult time taking them away from him. When he turned 18 months old we cut a small slit in his pacifier. He put it in his mouth and had a hard time keeping it in. Then I cut a little bit bigger hole in it. He stared at it and picked it up and threw it at me. He was fussy for a while but anytime I would hand it to him he would say no and chunk it. That was the end of the pacifiers! You have to stand your ground and not give in and give him the regular pacifiers, though!! Eventually they will find something else that soothes them (like a blanket or a stuffed animal).



When I heard someone tell me that was the way to do it I really didn't think it would work with him because he loved them so much. He would suck on them all day!!! It worked like a charm, though! Good luck!! :)

Ashley - posted on 09/29/2009

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my son never took a pacifier but I know friends who say they just threw it away but I can understand that being hard.. I used to work at a daycare and one of the parents said she would slowly cut off the tip til it was all gone and that worked cuz he wasn't able to suck on it.. I've never had to try it out so let me know if it works

Cassandra - posted on 09/28/2009

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I found an opportunity when my son was sick to take it away. He had a lot of congestion, his nose was stuffy and had to breath through his mouth at night. It was a painful 3 days and nights but I just didn't give it back to him afterwards. Just have patience and you'll find an opportunity soon enough.

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