Any tips on taking away a pacifier?

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My son just turned 1 last week and started sleeping through the nigh about 6 weeks ago. Now we feel it is time to take away the pacifier. He only uses it during naps and bedtime but if he wakes up at night and cant find it (I have attached it to a stuffed animal to make it easier for him to find) he will scream untill somebody gets it for him he made it to an hour and a half once before. I plan to take the pacifier off of the stuffed animal and let him keep the stuffy but does anybody have and other tips to make this transition a little easier for him?


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Emma - posted on 01/03/2010




My middle daughter was the only one that took to a dumy and she only used it when she was tired. So she used to have it in a little drawer in her room and had to put it in and out on her own before she even got out her room. A few upset times in the begining as she wanted to bring it out of her room but eventually we got there. She did start off with a few but every now and again we would take one out the drawer and put it in the bin so she would only have 1 or 2 in her little drawer. In son got down that she forgot about it and got huge praise when she went to bed without it. Now she doesnt even realise what it is or even recognise a picture of herself with it in. It will take time and effort from every1 but its al the joys of parenting

Brandy - posted on 01/03/2010




i let my son have it until he was around 20 months. he was SOOOO attached. but i just threw them all away so i couldn't give in. and told him we had to give all of them to his new baby cousin when he'd ask. by the 3rd nite he was over it. you can do it just make the choice, sucks but moms have to do everything.

Samantha - posted on 01/03/2010




my son is 2 and i just recently broke him of the pacifier it wasnt easy the first day i took it away he screamed threw fits hit people and just kept screaming and crying its not easy to hear your child cry or to keep something that they want away from them but if you stick with it and dont give in as the days go by they will ask for it less and less and eventually forget about it has been a lil over two weeks now since my son last had one and he dont even ask for it anymore so all i can say is just take it away and dont give in no matter how hard it is if you give in it will just get worse as the time goes by

Candace - posted on 12/14/2009




I don't know how to make it go smoothly. LOL. But....I had the same problem. I was able to take it away during the day but at nap time and bed time every time I tried to take it she screamed so bad that I gave in and gave it back. Then when she started crying for it in the middle of the night because it fell out of her mouth and she couldn't find it, I couldn't take it anymore. I wasn't getting much sleep. So I just decided to get rid of every pacifier in our house. I put her down at bed time and she cried of course. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I even cried myself because I knew I would have to wait it out if I wanted her to realize I wasn't giving in. She cried for about 45 minutes the first night I took it. I would go in there about every 20 minutes to make sure she was okay. I would rub her back and tell her it's okay and after about the 2nd or 3rd time I went in there she just quit crying. She slept the entire night! The next night she cried about 20 minutes and then by the 3rd night she was going to sleep without it. Just a little advice. If you decide to take it and let her cry it out, you have to stick to it and also....there will come a day when you know he doesn't need it to sleep anymore and he just won't sleep.... You will want to just give it back but DO NOT INTRODUCE IT TO HIM AGAIN! It will pass. And I do have to say, I think she got a better night's sleep after I got rid of it than when she would sleep with one. Good Luck!

Lorie - posted on 12/14/2009




Just throw it out. You might have a good two weeks of crying but he will realize that no matter what he does he will not get it back. As soon as you take it off the teddy don't every give it back because then he knows if he crys hard and long enough he will get it back.

Remember the crying is only short lived.

Kevlyn - posted on 12/12/2009




My youngest daughter just turned one on the 8th and we are trying to ease her away from the 'sassy''s not going all that great and I have been having hell out of it, but I have no idea how to do it any other way. With my oldest daughter she never would use a pacifier so I didn't have that problem.

My mom said when i was about 1 1/2 or 2 she gathered up all my pacifiers, put them in a bag and we took them to one of her friends houses that just had a baby and they told me that the baby didn't have any pacifiers and I didn't need mine anymore so I gave them to the baby, but I don't think a one year old would understand that concept.

Does anyone have any tips on how to get them off the bottle? I now have two children stuck on the bottle. My one year old and my three year old. My three year old was completly off the bottle but when her baby sister was born she went back to it and now absolutly refuses to go to sleep without it. I have tryed putting water in it b/c everyone said they won't drink water out of a bottle but she will and I have another baby due in a few short weeks and I just really don't want to have three children on the bottle at the same time!

Audrey - posted on 12/12/2009




I just took the pacifier away from my 2-1/2 year old. I just told him they where all gone and didn't give in, he cried for awhile but eventually fell asleep. It's hard t listen to but after about a week he didn't ask for it anymore! Hope it goes smooth for you, good luck!!

Michelle - posted on 12/12/2009




if he is at a point of understanding, let him watch you cut it up and put it in the bin, letting him know he doesn't need it anymore, my son was quite easy as he didn't even ask for it or know that it was ever there even though he had it since birth. he will get use to not having it at night, just may take 3-4 nights of hell, good luck

Sheryll - posted on 12/12/2009




With my son it was pretty easy we gave him a new one cause his old one was stuffed and he didnt want new one so I told him that it was the new one or nothing and he chose nothing.But with my niece my auntie just used xmas.She told her that santa was going to take her dumdums and give them to other babies that dont have any this worked great until a month later when she found one under her bed so my auntie had to wait till the easter bunnie arrived.

Tiffany - posted on 12/12/2009




just start throwing them away or putting them away hell relize he cant have it any more

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