Stopping a 4 year old from using a pacifer.

Anna - posted on 04/08/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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How can you get a 4 year old to stop using a pacifer? I take it away from her, and her grandma and grandpa give her another one, and we are having trouble getting her to stop taking it.

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Explain to grandma and grandpa that it is your wishes that you dont want her to have a pacifer and that is that. If they cant respect that I would stay clear of them until you have her broke from it and she doesnt ask anymore.

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Abigail - posted on 04/09/2009

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I tookmy daughter to the toy ailse and had her pick out a toy then i told her that i would trade her the toy for all her nuks.  but if i caught her with a nuk i would take the toy away. she went along with the idea and picked out the little mermaid barbie (i did have a price limit and ten dollars was it) when we got home she ran to her room and pulled out her secret stash of nuks. (she had five of them hidden in her room!) and gave them to me. since then when ever she came across a nuk ahe would give it to me not wanting to loose the little mermaid. i also made a big anouncement to our families about her desicion to give up the nuk so everyone knew what was going on. (my mother and father in law spoil her and ould give the nuk back in an instant if we did not tell them what was going on) she never had a crying jag asking for it back either. so hopefully this will help you.



 

Jamie - posted on 04/08/2009

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Just keep throwing them away, sounds like Grandma and Grandpa have the problem not the child. Print out some articles to show them what having a paci can do.

Anna - posted on 04/08/2009

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All good suggestions, but when Daddy and I take her pacifier away from her, or even throw them away. Grandpa goes out and buys her new ones, and this time when she gets holes in them she isn't getting anymore. I put them up earlier and grandma came and got them for her. She can go to her real moms and go a week or two without a pacifier, and as soon as she gets home Grandma and Grandpa give her the pacifier.

Suzanne - posted on 04/08/2009

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My sister just had to take away her 4 year olds pacifier and I thought she had the best idea ever.  She told him a story about the pacifier fairy ( like the tooth fairy ) then she told him that on a specific day (what ever you want it to be ) he had to put his pacifier under his pillow and when he woke up there would be a gift from the fairy, and he would then be a big boy and not need his pacifier anymore.  It worked he did it and now he is sucky free!!! Hope that helps.

Mary-Ann - posted on 04/08/2009

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Jennifer has a good suggestion. My only thought at first was to just throw them away. If they aren't there there is no way they can have them. At 4 they are old enough to be reasoned with. And you need to have a talk with Grandma and Grandpa. Maybe reward her when she doesn't use one. Like you would for potty training.

Jennifer - posted on 04/08/2009

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I watched an episode of super nanny that I thought was awesome! They had twin, I think they were 4. Super Nanny brought I stuffed fairy with a net and made the kids give her their pacifiers for new little babies. Then, the next morning the fairy had brought the kids a cool new toy. The one girl gave her pacifier up easily for the little babies, the little boy wasn't so sure. But as soon as morning came around and he had gotten a new toy he was fine with it. It worked well for that family... it would be worth a try!

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