Ideas for getting off the pacifier?

Heather - posted on 03/12/2010 ( 57 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 2 on the 22nd of May and I'm looking for age appropriate ways to wean her off..she is VERY attached to it. I'm thinking about reading her the books they have out and going over them for awhile and then taking her to build a bear and putting them inside the bear of her choice's belly so she can have the bear at night for comfort and she will know they are in there but can't be in her mouth...does that sound good? any other ideas? I would love the help! Thanks!
Heather

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Jennifer - posted on 03/27/2010

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When all else fails, you can put some vinigar on it. They like it because of the suction and it tastes good. One suck of the vinigar taste on it, they will never go back. Let it dry and then rince it off before giving to the baby. I have been told this from other friends that have done it and they make a funny face and throw it away. They Dr. said you cut an X in it. I hope this helps. I will be getting rid of Brianna's soon.

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Call me harsh, but why are you surrendering your authority as a parent to a pacifier. Cold turkey might not sound friendly but once its gone it's gone. Have some fun activities for your child to do just in case. Give your kid some credit. She'll get over it faster than you will.

Melissa - posted on 03/25/2010

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it's like breast feeding, my daughter would breast feed when she was hungry, thirsty, tired, waking up, cuddly, sad, hurt, sick, board... so i stoped lucn feedings, then breakfast feedings and then night time, and we just breast fed for a few minutes sporadically through the day. then i just stopped...
but with something that gives no nutritional value, cut down and take it away

Erin - posted on 03/16/2010

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Heather,
We have 22 mo old twins and will be doing the same soon. With my 4 yr old, we waited till after he was 3 and it was a nightmare...but only for 3 nights. We had a pacifier party and sent some of them up to heaven with balloons, traded some at our neighborhood fire station for a personal tour of the fire-truck, then ended the day at Builda-a-Bear to have the last one sewn up in a bear. Everything went well, he willingly gave up the passies all day. Until the car ride home...he screamed the entire way! Not to mention the fact that it took exactly 20 minutes for our sweet little 3 year old to turn into a bear surgeon specializing in pacifier removal! Needless to say, the build up to actually taking the passie away is not the part that matters the most. The most important part is making sure there are absolutely NO pacifiers left in the house and having someone strong enough that can hold you back from digging one out from the couch cushions on night number 2 and presenting it to your sweet little broken hearted baby to stop all the crying and soothe them to sleep.

This time around we are stopping at 2 and we have already began weaning them off by only allowing them to have a pacifier when they are IN their bed. Also, I went to the store the other day and bought a bunch of new pacifiers that are shaped differently (ours are the rounded kind so I bought the ones that have the slanted tip). Now I have two different kinds and am slowly getting rid of the preferred pacifiers and offerring the new ones (which the don't like). I'm hoping that the fact that they don't enjoy the new pacifiers as much will make it easier for them to just give them up. We will do another pacifier party but this time, I think we'll skip Build-A-Bear. $50 bucks for a bear they are going to mutilate is not in our budget this year!

Good Luck,
Erin

Jennifer - posted on 03/15/2010

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For my son his paci was like his best friend. It was really hard to get him off of the paci because it was his best form of comfort when ever he wasn't feeling good or any thing like that. Finally after he turned one we started getting him off of it during the day and only letting him have it at night. We waited till after x-mas to try getting him off at night because we were moving him into his toddler bed and we didn't want to do it while there was a big change coming.
After he was settled in his new bed I was still having such a hard time taking it away because I knew how much he loved it but I knew it would have to happen. They way I ended up doing it was, we were baby sitting at a friends house and were going to need to put him down over there and we had forgot to bring one. I figured there was nothing we could do about it so if he could go one night with out it then we would just get rid of them and that would be that.
He was always awesome at going to bed before that, after that became more difficult he would ask for it and cry for a few minutes when he went down but he got over that after a couple weeks and now even when he see's another baby with one he doesn't try to get it.
It is as hard for the parents as it is for the kids when you have to take some thing like that away but it just gets harder as they get older.

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Jen - posted on 03/29/2010

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My daughter will be 2 on May 28th. Amusingly my husband and I have been trying to figure out how to wean her off her paci as well. Last Tuesday night she big a hole in the nipple and popped the end off it with her finger. For the first couple of hours she thought it was funny, even called it "funny paci". But as bedtime approached she started to get tearful. I hid the other 3 we had in the house and decided it was time to bite the bullet and see where it brought us. I explained to her that once babies became 'big kids' their pacis just 'broke'. Since hers was broken it meant that she was a big girl now. Unfortunately it didn't help her heartbreak but we're on day 6 and she's only asked for it a couple of times today. She was very attached to it, but it really was time for it to go. My heart breaks because our younger daughter (who is 2 months old) has the same paci in a different color and the other night, as if grasping at straws, she looked up at me with tear filled eyes and wimpered "sissy's paci?" I nearly caved seeing her so broken hearted. But I know in the end it's the best thing for her. I don't know if there is an 'easy' way to take away what comforts someone. But I know I'm saving her teeth down the line, so I keep reminding myself of that. Good luck everyone, it's a tough thing to do. Stay strong.

Labake - posted on 03/29/2010

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My Son will clock 2 on 7th May and i find myself in the same category with Heather .My Son derives pleasure in it even though it is not filling.
Pls help me.
Labake

Sarah - posted on 03/28/2010

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I hate to say it, but I am in the same situation!!! MacKenzie will be 2 on May 15th...and can't seem to live without it!!! But within the last few months, she has chewed thru several of them and I switched her to the next "size" up (she likes the soothie brand). But even before changing to the next stage binky, I really started to just take it away or ask her to let me hold it when she wanted to do something or was playing. Now it is not a problem to give it up, but when it is needed....and the tears come...we give it back!!! It is the hardest thing I have done, I think!!!

My sister is due May 5th and I am hoping after that we can work on "giving it to the baby" or the "binky fairy", if not, I will be trying your build a bear idea!! I tried putting a hole in it, but she will just hold it in her mouth!!! Good luck!!!

Laura - posted on 03/27/2010

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My boys are 4 and 23 months. My 4 yaer old gave up his dummy on the eve of his 4th birthday. We had always maintained that 'boys who are 4 don't have dummies'. We explained that the dummy fairy would come and take it away in the night and leave a present in it's place. He put his dummy under his pillow (with a little fuss) but was chuffed to wake up and find a packet of scooby-doo pants in the morning! the two following nights hje asked for it at bed time but I just reminded him the fairy took it and he is a big boy now. I paln to do exactly the same for Ryan when he is 4.

Emma - posted on 03/27/2010

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My son is very very very attached to his Dummy he also has a ablanket so that made tings a lil easier...he came shopping with me and my husband, we LOST his Dummy in the shopping centre.... horror! On the way home he asked for it in the car i told him we left him in the shop, that was that, a very good way do accidently get of the paci.... he has only asked for it a few times so alls well!! goodluck i hope that helps!!

Lisa - posted on 03/27/2010

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i told my two oldest that the dummy fairy was coming to take them so that other children coukd have dummies. it worked a teat with them, we went round and collected all their dummies put them in a box and left them in their room at night so that when they woke up the fairy had taken them and left them a gift, the same as a tooth fairy. they both loved it. my youngest decided by her self that she didnt want one anymore.

Mandy - posted on 03/26/2010

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My son will actually be 2 on May 22nd also. We got rid of the pacifer at about 19 months. He was very attached to them to where he started to need them in public. I actually cut all of the nipples off the binkies and left the other part on the floor. He went to go put them in his mouth and they kept falling out. He said " Binky broken". and that was the end of it. We just kept reminding him eveytime he asked that his binkies were broken. Also we made sure that after that time we never went back to giving him the binkies. Good Luck!

Casey - posted on 03/26/2010

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I am about to deal with the same thing. Avery is turning 2 in May and I know that she needs to stop sucking the paci. My biggest problem is that I hated to see her drop it on the floor and put it back in her mouth so I attached it to her with paci clips all the time. Now she expects it to be hanging from her shirt at all times. It's more of a comfort thing for her just to know that it's there. She is a child that doesn't deal with change well so I'm really nervous about taking it. I love your idea about putting it in a Build a Bear. I'm just nervous about her knowing it's in there and wanting it back. Please let me know how your child handles that. Good Luck!!

Rachel - posted on 03/26/2010

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My twins turn 2 at the end of May and I´ve been thinking about weaning them off theirs. They´re only allowed them at nap and bedtime and when we make long trips in the car. Mine love their pacis and its going to be a nightmare when I take them away. I´m thinking of maybe doing it over the summer holidays when I don´t have to get up early to go to work. I think I will try cutting the ends off them too as others have had great success with that. We´ll see...

Tracie - posted on 03/25/2010

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You can always try the binkie fairy. We had our son put his binkie in the mailbox for the binkie fairy to take away. In the morning he got to open the mailbox and see what suprise the fairy had left for him. We surrounded the mailbox with glitter and when he opened it a little balloon flew out and he had some new small toys to play with. We explained the fairy took the binkie to a new little baby who didn't have one. It worked really well. He was about 2 1/2 at the time. We are gonna try this with our daughter too!

Nichole - posted on 03/25/2010

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We got our son off of the binky on accident...He was 14 months old and we lost his last one, couldn't find it anywhere! But come bedtime, he didnt even ask for it, so we quit looking. 2 weeks later he found it, but I took it away from him and put it up in the cupboard.My daughter is 13 months younger than him, but never took to the binky.

Debbie - posted on 03/24/2010

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Hi Heather, I just took my son off the binky last weekend, he was only using it at naptime and bedtime but I was tired of him waking up crying looking for it which woke me up so I told him binkies are for babies and he's a big boy and no more binkies. It worked.

Dana - posted on 03/22/2010

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Good luck! My daughter will be 2 may 15th and we never let her sleep with us but we just made the transition to sleeping in her room. So I am not ready to start the process with the paci, but I will probably start it Friday, so she will have been in her room for a week. She too is very attached to her paci. When she is with her babysitter she only takes it to sleep, anywhere else she has to have it 24/7. So I too am wanting to do away with the paci. Good luck I hope its easy and pain free. I look forward to seeing your results and hopefully breaking mine!

Renee - posted on 03/22/2010

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My daughter was super attached to her pacifer. Her peds Dr. said at 18 mths to get rid of it - we laughed and thought..."Yeah right!" She can't be seperated from her "meme," which was what she called it. One day she was busy all day playing and never asked for it. She even fell asleep in the car and didn't ask for it....she saw it one time on the counter, and I distracted her with treats - we seriously thought there was no way we could get her away from it, but a few days passed and it was out of site, out of mind...we needed her meme for everything, and suddenly she was functioning perfectly find without it - as long as she didnt' see it. She found one in her toys the following weekend and had it in her mouth for a few minutes...I quickly grabbed it out of her mouth and gave her a treat to have instead - we haven't had it since - we were shocked how easy it was because she was never without it....who knew it would have been this easy?! :)

Karen - posted on 03/22/2010

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I love all of these ideas! my son will be 2 on 18 May and i'm due to have my second on 22 April so i was thinking of waiting until after that as there are so many changes going on but maybe i should be brave and do it now before the baby arrives???

Miranda - posted on 03/20/2010

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Hey Heather. I think that is a wonderful idea and I may try it myself if what I am going to tell you doesn't work. My son will be 2 on May 30. He is very attached to his binky as well but I have caught him throwing them in the trash lately. He only uses them at nap and bed time and always tells me he wants his binky when he is tired. A social worker and friend of mind suggested the following idea to wean a child from a binky. She said to cut the nipple part off the binky and when (and only when) the child asks for it, to give him the cut off one. He will then become frustrated with it not fitting his mouth correctly and eventually give up on the idea. I would suggest to only do this to one binky incase it back fires. Atleast that is what I am going to try first. However, my son is smart enough to know that we have more than 1 binky stashed in this house. Hope this helps and thanks for your idea!

Micaela - posted on 03/20/2010

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My son will be 2 on 16th may and was very attached to the dummies as well. Just last week he chewed through his second last one, so I made the decision to just get rid of them instead of buying more. I told him no more dummy and put it in the bin. So he went cold turkey. I have been putting it off for awhle, for different reasons, change of bed, new baby brother, teething, there just always seemed to be something he was going through!

It's been over a week now and to be 100% honest he hasn't even really been bothered by not having one anymore. He was pretty much dummy in mouth all day either chewing or sucking, and heavily relied on them for sleep, so i expected a big backlash and was pretty surprised by the lack of carry on. The first two days were a little harder to get him to sleep, but we sat with him and comforted him and it really wasn't that big a deal, and since then he's been fine.

I did giave him a teddy to sleep with for comfort instead of a dummy and he has attached himself to that and seems happy with him.

I think that if she can see the dummies she will want them, when he saw the last one of his he did want it and we had to keep telling him no and hid it away again. When he see's his baby brothers dummies in the cot he will put them in his mouth, but hasn't carried on when I took it back off him.

The most positive thing is that he;s started talking a lot more and screaming a lot less.

Good Luck!

Missy - posted on 03/20/2010

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For one thing, don't force it..If she's only using it occasionally and during times of extreme stress such as shots and at night.. Even though I was worried about it, my little girl didn't give up her pacifiers till she was 4. It was HER decision and it was so much easier than it had been when we tried to force her to give them up. Also, a friend of mine gave me a great tip! Have the pacifier fairy come visit. It's essentially the tooth fairy but with pacifiers. Also, instead of leaving money, we left a cheap toy like side walk chalk. Let your little girl decide and you just act as a messenger for the pacifier fairy.. Good luck!

Julie - posted on 03/20/2010

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Hey. I have had 2 other very "attached" kiddos to the binkie. With my son, we took him to the store, he picked out a toy and then he "paid" for the toy with his binkies, My daughter was easier. She wanted to be a big girl and gave them up. With both I had maybe one bad night and then it was over. However, my last baby (born May 1) has one and I am not giving them up yet. She is ok to have them just in the car and at bedtimes. When she doesn't feel good she'll have one too. I sometimes take one to church, but I figure, it's better than screaming! I think I will wait until she is a little older. I like the bear idea. GOOD LUCK!

Carla - posted on 03/20/2010

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i have just been through this with my son.
the only thing that worked for me was to take it away while he was sleeping, it was the only time he wasnt aware of it.
I had a hard few days whe he was crying and asking for it but after that it was as if he forgot about it.
You have to be strong, go through your full house and find every pacifier and throw them all in the trash, that way you wont be tempted to give in if she's crying for it.
It is very difficult to see them upset but if you find ways to distract them they eventually dont need one any more.
When my son woke up without his it took about 2 hours before he realised he didnt have it any more, when he asked for it i just said ''ok mummy will look for it while your playin'' i didnt but he forgot he'd asked and just carried on playin with his sisters.

i hope this helps.

Ashleigh - posted on 03/19/2010

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Hey awesome!! My little boy will be 2 on the 22nd of May as well. :). I haven't figured out how to break from the paci either. lol. My oldest did it on his own at about 2 1/2 just said he didn't want it anymore. this little stinker tho he has been biting his and I found a hole in one tonite and told him when its bit off its gone. so we'll see hehe.

Katie - posted on 03/19/2010

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I am weaning my son off his right now. Check out www.bye-bye-binky.com. It is working very well for us!

Lindsay - posted on 03/19/2010

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my son turned one and to be honest i just took it away! he was quite attached to it but did it just like with my first child and just didnt give it him when he got upset. he cried for a few nights but hes now nearly 3 and is doin just fine without it! lol

Melissa - posted on 03/19/2010

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That is a cute idea with the build a bear! My daughter as well was very attached to hers but I started awhile ago on the weaning process with hers. I first started off with her just having it at naps, night time and when she was sick. Today I started taking away the soother for naps, she cried for about 45 minutes and fell asleep (I did check on her once just to make sure she still had her blankets in with her along with her teddy bear). I'm just hoping she will sleep for her usual hour nap and that her afternoon nap goes just as good. Good luck on your adventure and let us know what worked for your daughter :)

Angelica - posted on 03/19/2010

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My son will be 2 on May 21 and is still using a pacifier, even in public. Especially at night. The pediatrician got after me for him still having it, but I don't want to deal with the fussiness yet. She said the best thing is just throw all pacifiers away. I'm going to try this and hope I don't cave in and give it to him. Anyway, I'll try to let you know how it goes! Good luck to everyone!

Shelly - posted on 03/18/2010

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My daughter will be 2 on May 21st and she still has the pacifier at night or when shes sick. We have tried to take it away and only lasted an hour. She only uses it to fall asleep cuz in the morning they are all over her bedroom floor. We have tried cutting em off and it kinda worked till she found a hidden one in her bedroom. Is there anything you can suggest that would help. She doesn't talk anymore so its hard to see how she feels about it. She's my first born so I am quite new to the whole taking away the pacifier...I like the build a bear idea but I am not sure she would understand what was happening.

Melodie - posted on 03/18/2010

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When my daughter was 18mos,I would hide her pacifier during the day and just let her have it at bedtime.I let this go on for two wks. After that I just threw them away. Now she did have a few stashed in random places....and the first 2 nights were a little restless for her. A week later,she found another paci in the house,put it in her mouth and threw it in the trashcan. She hasn't touched one since.

Jodie - posted on 03/18/2010

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that ounds like a great idea. I waited until mine was a little older, but got her something as a big reward. Her favourite thing was dora, so i got her to choose. Did she want Dora or dummy. It was really hard. The first few nights she cried and i wanted to give in, but i gave her Dora and she settled. My youngest is now coming to the same age and i am hiping to do the same for her.... Best of luck. WE need it. Remember it hurts us more than them!!!

Michelle - posted on 03/18/2010

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that is a great idea. My oldest daughter is gonna be 2 in may, and by xmas i want to get rid of hers. That would be a great idea.

Jen - posted on 03/18/2010

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I'd be interested in what you find out - my daughter will be 2 on the 28th of May and she's in the same boat. We've weaned her down to MOSTLY only having it at bedtime (nap and night). But somedays she cries and whines so much that I break down (my bad, I know!)

Jamie - posted on 03/18/2010

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this is exactly our issue as well. With another daughter due in July we have convinced Adrianna that her sister will need the paci's and that she is a big girl now.

Jen - posted on 03/18/2010

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My son was 18 months when we took the paci away. I think we just started elimanting how many were in his crib and eventually he "forgot" about them. With my middle child, we transitionedher from taking a paci to bed to taking a sippy cup of water. My youngest never took to a paci but I have to confess when putting three of them to bed I got a little lazy and started to give her a bottle to go in her crib so that I could go full speed ahead and cleanup for the night. I will probably transition her the same way I did my daughter and give her a cup to go with her. All my kids have a cup of water next to their beds. No need to wake up and tell mommy I'm thirsty. Good Luck!!

Jennifer - posted on 03/17/2010

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Tonight my husband and I decided to give this a try. We did the night-time routine like usual, bath, teeth, hugs, gather blankies and stuffies and she looked up and said Binky! I looked at her and said, "no more binky, your a big girl now and you don't have anymore binkys". She looked up with her puppy dog eyes and just screamed SO SO SO loud! I almost gave in right there. But I just took her into the bedroom (she sleeps with us, so that probably made it a little bit easier), and after listening to her scream for about half hour, and singing the itsy bitsy spider, twinkle twinkle and the ants go marching on about ten times apiece, I picked her up, she layed her head on my shoulder. I rocked her about five minutes and than she was out!
I think that this transition is going to be pretty easy, I just hope she doesn't wake up in the middle of the night screaming for it again!

GOOD LUCK!!!

Heather - posted on 03/17/2010

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THANK YOU ALL SOO MUCH! all your comments have been helpful so far! some are sooo creative and great ideas! I have never heard about the moon, cutting off the tip or the santa/easter ones before!
Erin-your comment made me crack up actually! Maybe she will try and pull the bear apart to get it and throw a fit?! I didnt think of that! lol
I'm definately going to try a few of these ideas, but I am on hold with them until she finishes cutting her 2 year old molars, her paci is her comfort and I just cant do it to her now. Again..thanks so much! And ill keep checking in for more comments! They are very helpful! =-)

Casey - posted on 03/17/2010

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I love the Build A Bear idea!!! I should of done that! A friend of mine said take a balloon, tie the paci to it and let it off in the air!
My son will be 2 May 15,and I wanted him off the paci before we go to his 2 yr check up! I threw them ALL away. When he asked for it,I would tell him he's a big boy and only babies have them. I would say "Luke" (a friends baby) needs them now. It's been 4 days and he's done great!!!

Jennifer - posted on 03/17/2010

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My mom and I were walking through Costco a few months ago with my daughter, who will also be 2 in May. A stranger noticed she had a binky and told us how he got his son off of his. He said that they planned a camping trip, and on the trip when his son was sleeping in the tent, he quietly plucked the binky out of his mouth. In the morning when his son woke up and couldn't find the binky he asked daddy where it went and his dad said, well son, I think that a bear must have come in the night and stole all the binkies! He said his son understood and was frightened of bears, so he didn't ask to get it back because he didn't want to see a bear.
I don't know if I will be doing this with my daughter, I don't want to frighten her, but it's another idea that might be worth something to someone!
I think that after reading other mommies responses, we're going cold turkey tonight and seeing how that goes. My daughter takes her binky everywhere!! As soon as we buckle her into the carseat, she screams BINKYYYY!!!! and second screams BLANKEYYYY!!!!

Shayla - posted on 03/17/2010

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This past Christmas my 2 boys, 3 and 20 months both traded all of theirs in to Santa and the baby reindeer on Christmas Eve for identical big yellow trucks, something they both wanted.

For about 3 days the younger one fussed for it a bit at bedtime and I just reminded him they were all gone to the baby reindeer...The older one asked once.

After 3 days it was over, done with and gone. No issues since, even when the younger one found a pacifier we had missed under his crib.

With Easter coming up, if you celebrate it...why not have your child give it to the baby bunnies and trade for a toy. Not chocolate or sweets though.

And No, neither of them expected to take their trucks to bed, nor did they have a replacement item in bed. It was cold turkey for them both at the same time and frankly I think it worked great!

Sherri - posted on 03/17/2010

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Cutting the tip off works well because then there is no suction to suck on it. I only had one child that liked pacifiers. Also make sure you add something new that you do before bed or nap if you can. That may replace the desire to ask for it.

Becky - posted on 03/17/2010

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My son was super attached to his binky, he used it as his security blanket. He was almost 3 when we decided to give it up - he was only using it at bedtime. When it was time to give it up, we made up a story about a little boy on the moon who didn't have a binky but needed one. I asked my son if he could give his binky to the boy, and he said yes. So, we hyped it up for about a week. When the day came, I went to the grocery store and bought some helium filled balloons (you will need about 3), and I bought a separate Thomas the Tank Engine balloon, because that was my son's favorite character. I tied a toy on the Thomas balloon and hid it from my son. Then we tied the binky onto the 3 balloons and when the moon came out, my son let it go. While he was preoccupied, I got the Thomas balloon out and made it look like the boy one the moon sent him a toy as a "thank you". My son never cried once, and never asked for his binky either. Hope that helped!

Sara - posted on 03/17/2010

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my son had his one night at bed time (the only time he took them) and kept handing it to me, it was dark in his room of course so it took about 3 times before i realized he had bit a hole in it! i took it away and he went to bed without it. the next night the same thing happend. so i put them all up where he couldn't find them. he never cried for it or anything! the first week he was really restless at night and i had trouble calming him down for nap time, but it was pretty easy! i say cold turkey is the way to go! good luck!

Angela - posted on 03/17/2010

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It sounds very good. The most important thing is to be creative and to be sure that the child is really involved in the process. I mean, that she can feel that she has the principal roll in the story. I told my daughter a nice story I heard once about giving the pacifier to the moon because she gives one to each baby when he/she is born and they are all gone. So the moon needs it badly and like she (your daughter) is already a "big girl", she can let hers near the window at night and the moon will let her "something special for big girls" to say thanks. It really worked for my girl (now 5) and some times when she looks at the moon she says " i gave her mi pupo for another baby" ... I think your idea is perfect... good look!

Fran - posted on 03/16/2010

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I like the build a bear idea. It could be a way for to to say goodbye to her soother, and she also gets to pick her own bear and what not. I took my son off the soother shortly after his first birthday. I just cut him off cold turkey one night before he went to bed. Not gonna lie, it was so tough on me to listen to him cry for a few nights when I put him down for a nap or to bed, but after the third night, he was okay with it, and forgot all about his soother, and I am so glad I did it when he was younger. The older they get the more attached they get and the harder it is for them to want to give the soother up.

Karen - posted on 03/16/2010

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My little guy will be two on 12 May and he still uses the binkie. He only uses it when he takes his nap or when he goes to bed. For a while I had 5 in the crib with him to help avoid me getting up with him in the middle of the night because he could not find his binkie. I have narrowed it down to 3 now, but I want to knock it down to none. I just figured I would keep taking one away until he has none left, but I am not sure how that will work out.

Lisa - posted on 03/16/2010

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my daughter is 2 in may, and up untill about 3 weeks ago she had a dummy, but it was only for sleep time, i tryed not to let her have it during the day, unless she was sick or extremley tired. Im due with baby number two in july and just though now was the right time to get rid of the dummy, before the baby arrives!!
I just went cold turkey on it and at bedtime said "no more dummy anymore you dont need it, your a big girl" took her an extra 10mins to go to sleep and from that day onward she has said dummy twice!!!! no moaning, crying, was as simple as that!!! dummy is totally forgotten about now!!

Erin - posted on 03/16/2010

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I have taken binkies away from 2 of my 3 children so far. We will be taking our youngest's away soon. With her older sisters, their binnkies "broke"~meaning we cut the tip off and gave it to them like normal. They both put it in their mouth and then took it out and looked at it. We said something like "uh oh it broke" but let them have it as long as they wanted, but kept saying it was broke and it needed to be thrown away. Our oldest threw hers away all by herself! It was harder on me than them I think! It took them a little longer to fall asleep but we offered books in bed and special blankies and stuffed animals to help ease the transition. We'll see how #3 does with this process!!!

Jamie - posted on 03/16/2010

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My daughter went everywhere with hers. The best way we did it was take it away while she was occupied with something else. We tried the only for nap time etc.. but it didn't work. So we just took it and now her smile is so much bigger and her teeth are looking better. They will cry for a few days but you can do it.

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Eeek! Thankfully I didn't have the bink problem since I took my son off of it when he was 3 months old. BUT...my girlfriend told me that she cut the top of the pacifier off and when her daughter wanted it, she was like, "Wha???" So, my girlfriend told her "that's what happens when it gets old and u can't use it anymore." So, her daughter took the pacifier anyway, but of course she couldn't suck on it so she didn't bother anymore. Took a couple days but it was successful. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 03/15/2010

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Heather. I would deffinatly say try to wait for a time when it would be the easiest for her. This will be a tough transition for her. Once she is feeling better and things are going as smooth as possible make the move and don't look back. You can do it.

Katie - posted on 03/15/2010

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I thought I would have a lot of trouble getting my first daughter to get rid of her paci. We moved her to a toddler bed and told her the paci were put away with the crib, she was okay with it..never even asked for one after the first night. My sister "forgot them at home" when she went on vacation and by the time vacation was over my nephew didn't ask for one. My second daughter will be 2 May 4...I'm going to try putting them away with the crib. She too only gets it when she's in bed. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 03/15/2010

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Jennifer..thank you so much for sharing that! Your words are very encouraging and helpful! I have been having a rough time at night but I'm caving in and giving it to her, I know its not a good thing but I just found out she is getting her 2 year old molars in the back and I think its comfort for her to have her paci. I think I will wait until she isnt at least cutting it in anymore and try again. Thanks again! =-)

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