How long does it take to wean a 16 month old off the binky? I just let her cry it out for 30 min..

Doreen - posted on 09/20/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )




I just let her cry it out for 30 min and she just fell asleep. How many nights will it take?


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Cindy - posted on 09/21/2009




well its a hard thing to do no matter what!! I just threw them away and it thankfully only took 3 days to get over long as you first stop the association with sleep or whatever the reasons are that you give your baby the dummy :)

Stacey - posted on 09/21/2009




it's easier if they don't really use them a lot. my son only had one while he was sleeping. once he was awake he had to give up the soother. he would be fine until he got sleepy. the past four nights he has been sleeping no problem without one. i guess it also depends on the child. it takes time but it will happen. maybe just letting her have it for sleep times and then cut it down to only at night.

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When we were weening my daughter, I swear she knew it was coming and had them stashed around the house. We stepped down gradually keeping it from her during the day, then at naps, and then at bed time. We kept reading her the same book over and over again about giving the pacifiers to babies that needed them. Finally, we took the last standing pacifier and "gave" it away to a baby that needed it. She was ready so it wasn't too painful. She complained a little, but nothing extreme. For us the step down approach worked and wasn't nearly as tragic. Good luck!

Tiffany - posted on 09/21/2009




My sister had to throw ever binky away. It took her kids about a week or so and they forgot about it. But then my nephew found one that he hid in the couch so she had to do it all over. lol. I guess it depends on how addicted they are to the binky.

Nadine - posted on 09/21/2009




I never wanted my daughter to get a pacifier in the first place for this exact reason. LOL She was in the NICU for the first month and they had to give it to her to simulate her feedings that she was getting through a tube. When I got her home I would only allow her to have it to go to sleep with and at the moment am working on her going to sleep on her own which is almost down and I think once she can do that I will start taking it away at naps first then when she goes to sleep for the night. I know my next one will never get one in the first place. I think really the only way you will get rid of it at this point is to do exactly what you are and unfortunately tough it out and if she never even sees it and if asking for it get her to do something else to make her forget about it. Good luck

Amanda - posted on 09/20/2009




I am currently breaking my child of her pacifier too, we are on day two and she doesn't realize its missing except at nap time and bed time. So I give it to her then but tonight will be the last night she gets it. I find it easier on both of us to ween her off. She doesn't understand the whole "Binky Fairy" and watching her pacifier floating away on a balloon will do nothing but anger her and in the end anger me. GL with your child.

Sarah - posted on 09/20/2009




My daughter is 2 1/2 yrs. old and she took a binky since the day she came.I finely had to take it from her a couple month's ago cause her teeth were starting to buck out.She was very very attached to it to.She would keep asking me for it and she would cry,scream,throw a fit! I just let her and after a couple week's she chilled out a little bit about it.But every once in awhile she will ask for it and i just don't give it to her.It's hard i daughter took the binky everywhere with store,doctor's,bed.bath time,eating,swimming,!

Brooke - posted on 09/20/2009




The binky fairy thing is a great idea! I've also heard of that too and I've heard that it works! Usually though, it will only take about 1 week, some kids will take longer some will only take a couple days! Just be sure that you're persistant & don't give up! You can do it! Good luck! =)

Nicole - posted on 09/20/2009




put them in a balloon and tell her they are going to the binky fairy and send them flying in the sky it usually works

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I watch a lot of Nanny 911 - I saw them do a "binky fairy" (you can make it out of a water bottle) and you have your child give the binky fairy their binky and then the next day they have to go find the binky fairy and there is a "prize" for them in place of the binky. -- i think its a good idea to explain to them that they are a big girl/boy and they can have big things now --

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