How and when (age) did your child/ren give up their dummy?

Amy - posted on 03/01/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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How and at what age did your child/ren give up their dummy?

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Gina - posted on 03/17/2010

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i have to say that i didn't have the paci problem,but my oldest sucks her thumb. I don't have a problem with it tho,her teeth are fine and she comes from a long line of thumb suckers,myself included.LOL

Gina - posted on 03/17/2010

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HA hahahaha! those were some great storys! i got a giggle. I saw a supper nanny thing very similar to your storys,shegave the girl in question a big plastic jar and the whole family ran-sacked the house for every last dummy,paci, and binky they could find and put them in the jar.She then said she would take them all to to the paci-fairy for other little babies that needed them (just like Santa). The lil girl was more then willing to help out another baby who needed them! It was so cute,she had such a big smile ,and Nanny Jo gave her a big girl gift in return.

Lindsey - posted on 03/16/2010

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Note that we did start to ease them away from pacifires a few months before attemting this. My husband and I would tell the kids that big kids dont use pacis and no body wants to see that, so we have to leave them at home. After they got into that groove we told them that it was for night-night time only and then we used the paci fairy method to finalize everything.

Lindsey - posted on 03/16/2010

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My son was 2.5 years and my daughter had just turned one. We were about to run errands one evening and I told my kids that we had to leave the 'paci' under their pillows for the 'paci fairy' becasue she was collecting pacis for new babies. We put them under the pillow and before we left I snuck a barbie under my daughters pillow and a robot toy under my sons pillow. After we got home and were getting ready for bed the kids went to get the pacis and found toys instead. They havent really looked back since. However, every time my son looses something he insists that the fairy took it :)

Kiffany - posted on 03/16/2010

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Age one is good. the longer they have it and the more teeth they get the more messed up their teeth can get and it can get harder for them to give it up the older they get. most of the time the kids are just fine its the parents who make it hard.

Kim - posted on 03/16/2010

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2 of my kids gave it up by 5 or so months. They just stopped using it. My other one sucked her thumb for only a short time. I guess I'm lucky, they gave everything up themselves including nursing.

Deborah - posted on 03/16/2010

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Well, let's see......my oldest loved his binkys. He was turning 3 on Dec 28 and we told him that Santa wouldn't leave any presents for a big boy that was still using binkys. So we made a very huge display of searching the entire house for the stray binkys and placing them all under the Christmas tree for Santa to give to another baby. It worked, thank God. My other 2 kids didn't want the fake things. If there was a nipple and no food coming out of it they would shoot them things across the room. I guess it shouldn't surprise any of us that the oldest is very slim and the other 2 wear husky pants. LOL

Christy - posted on 03/16/2010

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My pediatrician told me to take the pacifiers and bottles away at one. This is one time that I did exactly what I was told : ), and I am so glad I did. My daughter just didn't know where they went, and stopped looking for them after 2 days. She was more playing with them than anything else by this time anyway : ) I think this is one of the best decisions I made. I have 3 other friends who have older children that are so attached to them they can't seem to get them away from them. One is 4 1/2! When you take them at one they can't really remember them after awhile. I did wait 2 weeks before taking the bottle away though. I was scared to take too much too quickly.

Marili - posted on 03/16/2010

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I have the same problem. Anja is 21 months and her dummy goes everywhere. Tried hiding the dummy and taking it away - doesn't work.

Linda - posted on 03/16/2010

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my daughter was around 15 months when i took the dummy off her she went to sleep one night without the dummy and that was the last time she had it and she has been fine without it since

Ashley - posted on 03/04/2010

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We took our sons away at 1. We took all of them and just threw them out, cold turkey. We were worried that if we gave it to him sometimes but not other he would get confused. It worked great, the first 2 days were pretty hard but after that he didnt even notice. I think it's a personal choice but it isn't very good for their teeth and once they get a few pearly whites in, just makes sure you watch out for them biting the tip off. =0)

Trish - posted on 03/01/2010

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well My daughter is 3 months away from turning 3 and my son is 18 months and they both still use it for sleeping. My li gal is a real chatterbox, so when I have a bad headache and I need some peace I do give it to her to keep her quiet, but thats rare. Ive limited it myself because I know it doesnt do any good for the teeth. I think as long as they dont have it by the time theyre in school then they should be fine :)

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