How to get baby Off the Pacifier

Mindy - posted on 08/22/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 2 years old...and will not give up her pacifier I would not mind if she would use one of the ones that do not damage her teeth. But she is hooked on the Soothie ones the hospitals give at birth and refuses any others. I tried to switch her to other types when she was still very young and she still would not take them.



They are starting to make her teeth push outward and she needs to get off the "bobo" as she calls it Anyone have any tips that worked for them or any suggestion Please and thank you

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Melissa - posted on 08/23/2009

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No pacifier is good for teeth, the best thing to do is to take it. My son went to his dentist at 2 yrs old and she said that she was noticing an open-bite forming and that I really needed to take it away. That instant I hid the pacifier, went home and threw them all away. I replaced it with a doggie that he always liked to play with when we went to Carters. He became very attached to the dog at first and then didn't need it very much. I explained to him that like Diapers (he was potty trained) and bottles... Nuks are for babies and he is a big boy that can walk and talk. He caught onto what I was saying and was soon telling his cousin (1 wk younger than him) that she can't have a nuk because she isnt a baby. Kids between 2-5 dont like to be referred to as being close to a baby so they will usually give it up. The best thing to do is cold turkey, if you try to only give it to her at night it will be harder for both of you. Good Luck!

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Hailey - posted on 08/23/2009

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we just took them away the girls screamed for a while but they soon got over it , you could also try trading her something for it

Sabrina - posted on 08/23/2009

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hey! i also have a 2 year old and we got him off the pacifier at 21 mths. It was Christmas Day and I told him we lost it. Like every mom says it takes 3 nights for the child to cry at night and just learn to get over it. I advise if you are a working mom to make sure you are off 3 days in a row and just take the pacifier away! Trust me it will definitely work you just have to have the will power!

Betty - posted on 08/23/2009

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Tell her the binky fairy took it and put a dollar under her pillow. After a few nights she won't have any left and than it's over.

Mindy - posted on 08/23/2009

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Thank you all for the tips.. I have been trying the only babies use binkies and she is a big girl and she will give it to me but dammed if I dont turn around 10 minutes later and she will have another in her mouth.
I will try to gradually take it away and only give it to her at night then take it away once shes asleep keep your fingers crossed

Iysha - posted on 08/23/2009

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I read that the older they are, the harder it is to get them off the pacifier. I also read that it may be hell to deal with a screaming child, but just take it away... cold turkey. Your child will forget about it fast. If you try to take it away gradually, it will be harder for both you and for your child.

Rebecca - posted on 08/23/2009

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I have a friend who her son was 3 and still used a "happy" as I call it but she got her son off it when my son was younger he had a "happy" in his mouth and she was like see babies use happys... and he was like no I am a big boy and she said well give the baby all you happys so sure enough he gave the happy to my son. There was a few times where he wanted it but she told him remember the baby needed it and your a big boy and it worked!

Crystal - posted on 08/23/2009

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my daughter was 2 1/2 before we finally got rid of hers. We ended up cutting the tip off of it. She asked for it at naptime I gave it to her and she spit it out saying it was broke so everytime that she asked for it I reminded her that it was broke. It only took like 2 days and she completely forgot about it.

Betty - posted on 08/22/2009

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Don't just hide them or you might be tempted to get them out again.
Have her throw them away herself and make it very exiting for her by clapping and rewarding her with new big girl toys. There will be tears later on when she starts to miss them but she will be ok. Just give her lots of hugs.

Ellie - posted on 08/22/2009

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I made a game out of it. I told my son it would be fun to throw it out the window of the moving car so that the binky or bobo fairy could get it and give it to someone else,

Mindy - posted on 08/22/2009

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Maybe I will try the hiding method but I am almost certain she has a stash somewhere that only she knows about lol....She likes to hide things then a month later I will ask her where something is and she will go pull it out of a random drawer. Shes a nut :)
Thanks for the tips!

Serena - posted on 08/22/2009

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It's a very gradual process. My daughter got to the point that she only wanted one when she saw it. so, I hid them all. she would occasionally ask for them, and I didn't give in. I would say "I don't know where it went" and she would throw a small fit. eventually she stopped asking.

This girl I know actually gave a timeline. She told her daughter that when she turned three, she was gonna be a big girl and she needed to give her binkie to another baby that needs it. When she turned three, they put all the binkies in an evelope and "sent" them away.

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