how to take the pacifier away

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Glendeen - posted on 05/29/2009

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My daughter is 13 months old she has not had a bottle since shes 10 months .. we moved her to a toddler bed at te beginning of the month but the darn PACIFIER is our problem .. she loves it! We are starting now to only give it to her at nap time, bed time and car rides. I'm scared to totally get rid of it even though I have to ... its prob gonna be rough : (

Devon - posted on 05/29/2009

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my twin girls used a pacifier as well and when i was ready to ween them from it i started out only giving it to them at bed time and when i checked on them after they were asleep, i would remove the pacifier from the crib. then eventually i cut the nipple off all of there pacifiers and gave it to them and when they saw that there was nothing there to suck on they got bored with it and never wanted it again. try it, it just might work for you. good luck :)

Lauren - posted on 05/29/2009

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I would ween her from it, like anything else. It's easier and less traumatic on her. Start by giving it to her only when she sleeps and then take it away altogether. And I wouldn't do it at the same time that you take other things away, it might be easier on you but it's harder on her. Start with the bottle first, go to a sippy. When she has that down, ween the binky. Then when she's about 2-3, move to a toddler bed. That way it's less traumatic for her. Godd luck, hope someone has the right advice for you and your little one!

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Cold turkey! Your child will cry a few times for it but you have to stick with it. By day 3 you should be good.

Adrianne - posted on 05/28/2009

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when my son was a year old i threw all of his pacifiers away and we had a rough couple of days but they didn't last long.

Ashlee - posted on 05/28/2009

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When I thought it was time to get rid of my little girls pacifier. We were watching the movie "Elf". And she loved that movie we watched it alot. Well one day I asked her if we could give her paci to the baby elves. And she agreed. So we took it away and told her we sent it to the North Pole and gave it to the baby elves. She asked for it a couple of times and we had a couple of hard nights, but then she never asked for it again.

Stephanie - posted on 05/28/2009

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A few suggestions I got from a parent magazine was tell your little one 'the paci lives in the crib now' and if they want it, they have to be in there when they have it; or the 'paci fairy', when baby is big enough, tell them that they just put it under their pillow and the 'paci fairy' will take it and leave something in its place.



My son is only 8wks old so I have a while until I have to worry about getting rid of the paci, but any idea is a good idea and worth a try.

Dawn - posted on 05/28/2009

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We started the transition by starting to only let him have it at nap and bed times. And once he got use to that we just "lost" it one day and I think he cried the first night a little but it was not the end of the world like I was sure it was going to be!

Stephanie - posted on 05/28/2009

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We just ended up hearing cries for awhile. Our son adjusted pretty quick though. A couple days and he was fine. If it helps we took away the pacifiers, switched to sippy cups, and moved him to a toddler bed in one day (when he turned one). It might save the trouble of going through all of these transition times separately if you haven't already. I'm glad we did it that way.

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