Breaking son off pacifer. I need help!

Kathy - posted on 03/28/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 18 mths old. He is highly attached to pacifers. He usually has one in mouth and hand. I decided two days ago its time to give them up. Mainly because dentist recommends being off by 2 yrs and I'm tired of having to ensure I always have one with me. So far he is fine with not having one all day which is great but the problem I'm having is at bedtime. He walks around like he is looking for it saying "passy". What do I do he won't sleep without one? He isn't attached to any toy or blanket.

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Silke - posted on 03/28/2010

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well girl my son is 18mths and hes relly attqched to his binky becuslly the same as your one in mmouth one in hand and i decide i need to try to stop him so i dont give it to him durning the day inless i raelly have to and i dont give it to him at nap time but i only give it to at bad time well i put him to sleep with out one at dad time and put one in hes crib in case he wakes up

Kristin - posted on 03/28/2010

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I think there is a kids book called "Pacifiers are not Forever" by the same people who did "Hands are not for Hitting," "Feet are not for Kicking," and a few other books. I think SuperNanny has a way to get kids off pacifiers and bottles and some other things.

Definitely stop making sure you always have one with you. He may make a fuss, but he will live. It may even teach him to soothe himself another way.

Worst case scenario, take them and then tell him the Pacifier Fairy needed them for some tiny babies who don't have any and since he is such a big boy she felt he didn't need it anymore. I'm not a big fan of making up big fictions for my kids, but sometimes it just cannot be helped.

Good luck.

Adrienne - posted on 03/28/2010

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Kathy,

My daughter was the same way and was the same until bed so I started off by putting a hole in the pacifier so that there was no joy of sucking on it, then I cut it a little off. I would tell my daughter that this was the last pacifier and when it was gone it was gone. It took about 2 weeks total and she was not getting outthing out if it and she threw it away herself in the trash can...don't know if this will help as all children are different but you could try it..Know the feeling of always having to make sure that you have one with or else tears can be exhausting.

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