whats a good way to break the pacifier?

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Mandee - posted on 10/31/2009

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If you have a "build a bear" workshop close by they have this thing where you bring your kid in and you make a teddy bear that you put the paci INSIDE of and then you tell them that they are a big kid now. They can now carry around the teddy with the paci inside of it instead of sucking on it. Its a cute concept and has helped a lot of my friends.

Katelyn - posted on 11/04/2009

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my husband's grandmother gave me some good tips ... pop a hole in them ...(that didn't work for my daughter who used one until she was 2 she thought they were too chewy but that didn't stop her)
my next step was the soother fairy(a fairy doll with a basket or net Must have an actual doll)... The story goes... they soother fairy comes and your child puts their soother's into the basket or net to bring to other babies who need soothers and they next day the soother fairy sends them a gift.like the tooth fairy. But make sure when you get rid of the soother they DO NOT go into a garbage can in the house! you don't want them to find them. Then when we used to go out shopping and she would see a baby with the same color soother she would get very excited and have to point out that , that baby got her soother from the soother fairy... I don't know if that would work on boys but it definatly worked on my daughter

Hayley - posted on 11/04/2009

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I put a small cut in the teet of my 3yr olds pacifier so that it felt different when she sucked it. I had to search all the hiding places and do it to all of her pacifiers. She used it less often because it felt funny but would still use it at times so after a week I cut the teet right off. The first night was a bit rough but by bedtime the next night she was so tired sleep came easily. I used the same method for my 20 month old daughter and she gave up on the pacifier before i even had to cut the teet right off because she didn't like the feeling of it. The younger they are, the easier it is. Now I just have to get my 4yr old to stop sucking his thumb! I don't suppose I can cut that off :)

Rhnee - posted on 11/02/2009

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Thought I would never break our son of his pacifier. I started carrying it in my pocket and giving it to him whenever he wanted for a week or two. I thought out of sight out of mind. Then, I tried to make him wait longer for it.... not good....however, once he had it he put it in for entire 24 hours and his mouth/tongue hurt. So, I just said "that bad old thing hurt your mouth, we should throw it away for hurting your mouth like that." To my amazment when I opened up the trash can he threw it away.... or was it me and he didn't scream or want it back? It has been ten years.... all I know is it worked out!

Mandy - posted on 11/01/2009

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my son gave it to santa "to give to another baby" when he had just turned 3yo. he never asked for it again

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Bhavani - posted on 11/04/2009

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Hey there Mandy,
I kind of lost(hid it in the cupboard) my son's pacifier, and he soon forgot about it. But that trick didn't work with my girl, so I had to dip the pacifier with vinegar.... which she hated and eventually stopped using it..

Kelly - posted on 11/04/2009

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Start off taking it away when not sleeping. Then just take it away altogether! It will be hard. Alot of crying and begging but you will get thru it! Good luck!

Lauri - posted on 11/03/2009

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I need any suggestions! I have a 3 yr old daughter, ADDICTED to her paci. She only takes it when she naps or goes to sleep for the night,, or upset. We are trying to not have it anymore. She has had this one for so long she has even chewed the sides off of the paci, but she wont give it up!!

We even talked to her about the paci fairy, oh that didnt wk, she got upset with us. She will not go to sleep without it, if we cant find it, we have to search for it till we find it, otherwise we will have a screaming match! Her poor little teethare bucking out from her paci too now.

Anysuggestions would be great! Thank you.

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I was afraid to take it away because it was part of my sanity. I started by only allowing it for nap times and at bedtime. Then I used a trick my mom used for getting my oldest brother to give up his blanket. I got her to take a nap without. When she woke up I told her that Santa had stopped by while she was sleeping. He had asked for her nuk for all the little kids that didn't have any. He actually left her a note and thanked her for being such a big girl and a good sharer. That made her so proud to have helped Santa that she only asked for it once more and it was all done. No fighting!

Pamela - posted on 11/02/2009

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Just throw it away , i did that when my son was 6months old , the crying lasted maybe 3 days , But shes older so the crying may last a little longer ,



my son is 18months old and i just threw the bottle out , he hasnt asked for it yet so im keeping my fingers crossed

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My daughter had a dummy and on her 1st birthday I took it away, expecting lots of drama and tantrums but got nothing she didnt even notice it was gone. I got rid of every single one we had so I knew I couldnt give her one if she wanted it. Shes now 2 and doesnt even go to put dummys in her mouth from other children like my firneds kids if they drop them she just picks them up and give them to there mums or them selves.

Jayde - posted on 11/01/2009

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I chopped the teat off the end of both my kids dummies and when they wanted their dummy that's all I would give them, no matter how much they sooked for a new one

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I recall an episode of Supernanny and what Jo Frost did was two things. The first one was to try to get them to go without it by taking them and hiding them. They always knew where to find them before but not after she took them. The next day she explained about a pacifier fairy and she allowed the children one last chance to give it up. She had an envelope and had them put it in mailbox. Next day there was glitter and toys as if the fairy really did come for it. Children was fascinated by it.

Rebekah - posted on 11/01/2009

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I would restrict it only to the crib/bed at first and then after a week or so, poke a hole in the end of the paci. Once you do that, it'll lose its appeal!

Lisa - posted on 11/01/2009

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With my son who was 2 I just told him that he is a big boy and big boys don't have binkys. He cried the first night for like 10 or 20 minutes but then after that he was fine.

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Yeah binky fairy was how we did it but he was almost 3. It will be hard for a few days but stick with it. I was so glad when the binky was gone. I just wouldn't take a long car ride until the asking for it is done. I made the mistake of moving to Idaho and trying to get rid of the binky yeah don't do that lol.

Deszare - posted on 11/01/2009

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Throw it away and never go back! They will cry for it and give you a hard time especially for atleast three days. You have to be strong and don't give in. When my kids were six months old I got rid of their passy for good!

Elisa - posted on 11/01/2009

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I just rid my 14 month old from the Pacifier completely about 2 days ago. We we originally took the Pacifier away from her for her daytime nap/s and only gave it to her at bedtime. Then once she mastered that we then took it away from her at night. Taking it away for her naps helped us because the 1st and 2nd night without her Paci went great! We'll see what happens again tonight though =-)

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My daughter was right around two years old and would lose hers in the middle of the nite but would refuse to find it herself, therefore leaving mommy and daddy to come to her rescue :( After 3 times in one nite my husband finally said NO MORE and put it up and told her nite nite. She cried for a lil bit, woke up once after that and was good to go. No fuss the following nite even! I will add that she only had it for bedtimes and naptimes and when we went in the car. I had already eliminated the car rule so naps and bedtimes were it. She was also already in her big girl bed so we reminded her big girls dont need paci's in a big girl BED! Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 10/31/2009

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No matter what you do, you are only doing the best for your child. Throw all the pacifiers away and maybe get them a stuffed fairy and tell them that the fairy took it away because other kids need them.

Jane - posted on 10/31/2009

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our 18 mo old daughter regressed to the bottle and pacifier when our 9 mo old was born. once she started chewing the pacifier, i told her once it was chewed thru, it would have to go in the trash. you can help it along by cutting it here and there. once she chewed thru it, she was sad for a mintue, said, "broken" and put it under her pillow. she's been very good about it even though her sister still has one.

some people go cold turkey and have told me that it's tough for a week and then it's over.

i've always been sure that it's kept in their crib or bed, never anywhere else.

good luck.

Taushua - posted on 10/31/2009

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I'm haven a hard time getting my daughter to let her binky go! She just turned 3 and screams for it like she is really hurt. I tried taken it and tellen her it was gone and she cried for like 2 hours and I gave in and gave it to her. The worst part is everywhere we go there like " She still has a binky" Oh, help me please!

Joanna - posted on 10/31/2009

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I didn't have too much of a hard time with them, but I just took them away. But I would keep one hidden, just in case they give you a hard time going to bed. You don't want to be stuck late at nite with a screaming kid. GOOD LUCK

Tiffany - posted on 10/31/2009

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My 1st son was 8 months old and addicted to his paci so I just took it from him one day and he never seemed to miss it. I only gave it to him at night and he eventually weined himself from that to. My 10 month old is still on paci mostly during the day and less at night so I am not sure how he is gonna be to break, but I definatly feel that they should give it up by one year old. Just my opinion.

PHEBE - posted on 10/30/2009

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only at nap time or in the car and at bed time. slowly take it away from each thing like first while in the car, then naps then bedtime, then throw it away, make sure they dont see u do it. just say its lost or somthing.

Britt - posted on 10/30/2009

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my son was addicted! or so it seemed, to sucking a bottle. Until he was 2...not the same I know. bUt it was at bed time as well. I had to go cold turkey!

User - posted on 10/30/2009

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Just take it away and then throw it away so you don't give in. My 2nd child was a pacifier nut and that was the only way I could break him. I didn't have one to give him so he had to soothe himself another way.

Julie - posted on 10/30/2009

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I just stopped buying them with my son and eventually he lost the last one and havent seen it since ..now he is 2 and were on like the last sippy..and normally the dog gets them or something happens..ill toss it..lol...but i ne way goodluck

Sunni - posted on 10/30/2009

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We put them all up even check under all the furniture. When He asked for one I said uhmm let's look for it together. So I helped him look when we could not find one anywhere We decided that we would have to be big just this once and go without. So he did the next time he asked all I had to do was remind himof how big he had been and how proud I was of him. It worked pretty well with very little sadness. Good luck.

Sarah - posted on 10/30/2009

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If cold turkey did not go well for you try this...every few days or so trim 1/8 in off the tip of the paci. (make sure its a clean trim to avoid any choaking hazards) It will be gone between 7 and 14 days. With our son, he noticed right away that it was not the same. It didn't "suck" the same and HE decided that he did not want it anymomre. He hid it under his bed 2 days later and we've been doing better ever since.

Cold turkey does not work for all kids. We tried that and it led to weeks of no naps and refusal to go to bed at night, even with a steady "good night" program of bath and reading books. I was pregnant at the time and this lack of sleep was taking MAJOR toll on my health. I am glad the "trim it" method was presnted to me so I could get my much needed rest. Also, my son was able to resume his normal sleep program so our WHOLE house was much happier on many levels.

Miriam - posted on 10/30/2009

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Is it just at naps/bedtime? I have a 5 month old and introduced the paci when he was about 1 1/2 months old. He only takes it for naps or when he was upset/overtired and I use it for that. Now I want to change so he's doesn't become 'addicted'. The book "no cry sleep solutions" is helping me transition. When he's falling asleep I take away the paci when he stops sucking on it. when he looks for it i give it back. then I take it away again. I put my fingers gently under his chin. if he keeps looking for it I give it back, wait a few seconds and I keep repeating til he stops. It's been working so far...

Tammy - posted on 10/29/2009

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Ok, this may not seem very nice but it did the trick for me. Plan a nice outing and before you leave make sure you accidentally forget the thing. The child woll be so excited about the outing (make sure it's planned and the child is looking forward to it) when you explain that if you go back to get it you will miss the event with any luck they will go along with you. While you are out when the child asks for the pacifier let them know that they will get it back when they get home but include that it may not taste the same because he/she is not a baby any more and when they become big girl/boy the pacifier will not taste good any more. They won't believe you and that's ok because they will when they do get home. Now while your out have the pacifier sitting in diluted hot sauce ( very mild). Before you give it to him/her rinse it well with cold water. When your child sucks on it the spices in the hot sauce will have soaked into the plastic causing the thing to taste bad. You may want to put all but one that you normally use into the mix. This way you have one if it doesn't work out and you have more than one to use if the child thinks it may be just that one. Finally when the child begins to hand it back tell them you don't want it remind him/her that they are big boy/girl and have them throw them in the trash. By doing so they will remember they through them out and not you. Of course the child has to be at the age where they understand what your talking about 2 or 3. Good Luck!

Katrina - posted on 10/29/2009

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my daughter is 2 years old and i do not have that kind of problem with binkys because she was not really into taking on when she was a baby

Jennifer - posted on 10/29/2009

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I love the paci Fairy idea- replace it with a toy, blankie, stuffed animal etc.. works wonders

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The paci fairy is a great concept. You gather all your child's pacifiers, and tell the child that the paci fairy is coming to take them away for the new babies that need them. Get your child to put the box somewhere, then (when the child isn't there) switch the pacifiers for a toy of some kind, as their reward for giving them up. I took my sons dummy at 10 months, we adapted this for him, taking the pacifiers and giving him a bear right away. It took 3 days of semi-restless sleep to get him resettled.

Laura - posted on 10/29/2009

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The way that we did it was cold turkey except for at nap and bed time. Eventually he didn't need it any more.

Evelyn - posted on 10/29/2009

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Uggh! My daughter is 2 1/2 and still on the binky! My son never touched it but my daughter is a binky addict. I have tried the slowly taking it away along with other methods, but she seems to have them stashed all over the house - she always seems to find one when I thought they were gone! My only suggestion is that when you get rid of them make sure they are ALL gone. Also, do it as soon as you can - the older they get with it the harder it is to take it away. Good luck.

Reynabeth - posted on 10/29/2009

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Hello Mandy,



My name is Reyna from CA. We told our daughter is now 3 yrs old. we took her to dentist for the time and the dentist ask her all question. so we went home and told her that the pacifier is bad for your teeth. She ask couple of times afterward but we kept telling her that is not good. she then stop asking for it.

hope this help

Reyna

Mary - posted on 10/29/2009

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Just take it away. i did that for my daughter it worked. it was just gone one day.

Mary - posted on 10/29/2009

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start slowly like taking it away at nap time and during the day and once that is done you can take it away at night

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