Tips on weaning my 17 month old from using her pacifier?

Kristy - posted on 05/05/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 17 month old daughter has been using a pacifier since birth. She doesn't use it all day, she only wants is when she's tired or upset. Basically she uses it to soothe her. When she's settling down for a nap or before bed time, she holds her security blanket and uses her binky. I had no plans to take this from her. There's nothing wrong with self soothing and it's just so cute when she pops her binky in and grabs her blankie. That's how we know she's getting tired. We recently went to her first dentist appointment and she told us her teeth were healthy but it looks like she's using a pacifier and she needs to stop! I couldn't believe she could tell by just looking at her teeth. She said she was developing an over bite from it. So now I have to take it away. I've experimented a tiny bit so far by just collecting them all and avoiding saying "binky." The minute she gets tired, she starts to search the house while whining and fussing. (Obviously searching for her pacifier.) I'm just looking for a gentle way to take it away. I don't want her to be upset about it and she's too young to explain to her that she can't have it anymore. Any tips?

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Nicky - posted on 05/06/2012

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I agree with Katherine. I cut my sons binkeys and let him throw them away. I also did this with my older sons baby bottles. I cut the nipples off and let him throw them away. It will be rough for the first few days but she will get over it. It sounds like she uses it as comfort/safety. Let her pick out a new blankey or stuffed animal to sleep with for comfort. It may help ease her. GOODLUCK!

Katherine - posted on 05/05/2012

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There are a few ways....you can tell her they're broken by cutting them.....you can have a bye bye binky party, you can bury them.........but I think the BEST way is to cut them and tell her they're broken. Poor thing :(

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Cleaver - posted on 09/18/2012

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what about when she gets like that take her into her bed and read her bed time stories and get her mind off of it

Kay - posted on 05/06/2012

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We had a "Paci Fairy" for my older son. He decorated a shoe box, all of his pacifiers were rounded up and stuck inside, and the next day, they were all gone, with a few small trinkets left behind for him. He was about 18 months old when we did that, and he actually grasped the concept somewhat. The first two days were still kind of rough, but we just reminded him that the Paci Fairy had his pacies now, and he had new things to play with. Good luck!

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