Help- We need to take the paci away but not sure how to do it. Suggestions?

Michele - posted on 03/19/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )




Our 2nd child loves his paci- the first one used it as a safe thing. Any ideas on how to take it away? We tried giving it to Santa, mailing to his favorite character thought about just taking it away but not sure that will work. Any suggestions?


Elizabeth - posted on 04/07/2011




cold turkey...when we got rid of it for our oldest daughter we were putting it off and waiting as long as possible..she was 18 months..we thought it was going to be such a huge issue...
turned out after we took it away cold turkey 2 days and she never even asked for it again.


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Melissa - posted on 09/02/2011




We took our sons away when he turned a year - same time we took away the bottles and replaced them with sippy cups. He didn't really seem to mind, and us not making a big deal out of it maybe helped him not make a fuss about it. He's always been an easy going kid, but as the parent I think you just have to make a decision and stick to it. If you're going to take it away, make sure it's gone, don't cave after some fussing because then the next time you try to take it away it's just going to get worse.

Candace - posted on 08/31/2011




We just took the suckie away about 6 weeks ago. I cut a slit in the end of it so that when he sucked, he sucked in air and it didn't work. The first time I gave it to him, he was MAD!! Screamed and couldn't figure out what was wrong. I said "Oh no, it's borken!" And he started to calm down. I let him use the "broken" suckie for about a week. He still liked to hold on to it for comfort but wouldn't suck on it anymore. Then, one day, I threw it away. He asked for it for about 3-4 weeks, I would just say it was broken. Just one very bad day.

Carmen - posted on 08/31/2011




M daughter is 4 1/2 & is going to be 5 in sep. she uses a paci at night & lets it go when she falls to sleep! I too heard all of the stuff from the pediatricians & in school she didnt notice it because of playing & learning all day. Your son will know when he doesnt need it but I have heard other mothers substitute it for blankies, bears etc. or just letting him know that it can only be used at night. Dont worry he knows when to let it go!

Sharyn - posted on 08/31/2011




My daughter spat it out on her own at 10 months ... havent looked back since .... i say take it and hide them all when he's sleeping .... if he doesnt see it he may not remember it and not want it ...

Michele - posted on 05/23/2011




Well, we are paci free! One night he went to bed without it so I went around the house and gathered up ALL of them and told him the next day that the paci fairy came to get them because she said he was a big boy and the babies needed them. Now he tells everyone that he was a big boy and gave his pacis to the babies! Too cute. Now to move on to potty training haha

Gena - posted on 04/07/2011




We gathered them all up and "sent" them to his cousin who was a baby and needed them. We did have a few rough naptimes...but overall the transition went better than I expected!

Michele - posted on 03/24/2011




That is exactly what I say. My older son that is exactly what we did. When he was ready they were gone. All the doctors say he needs to get rid of it, daycare says he can't have it at 2 and half. We were going to try this summer to take it away- that way he doesn't get upset at daycare.It was so easy with my older son because he was ready. Hunter only has it for nap time and bed time so I don't know what the big deal is. It is frustrating I know that for sure. I was a thumb sucker and so I do not want that to happen if we take it away too soon so he refers to that.

Louise - posted on 03/20/2011




I have raised three kids and all three have had a dummy and I have let them choose when they did not want it anymore. At 13 months I took it away in the day except nap times and night time. Both my sons lost interest in the dummy around the age of two but wanted it in their cot as a safety thing. It brought them comfort and helped them sleep. My sons are nearly 20 and 17 and they had the cherry dummies neither of them had a problem with there teeth. My daughter is 28 months and she like her brothers only has a dummy at night. She tends to hold it more than have it in her mouth but she insists on having it. I am not worrid because I know she will ignore it completely soon. I will not put her through taking it off her because she will do it by herself just like her brothers. Why put your child through the stress of removing something she obviously loves let her do it on her own. It is not harming her teeth and brings her comfort. Believe me she will just leave it on her own terms and this is far less stressful. If you do take it away and she feels robbed she will take to sucking her thumb which is a far worse habbit.

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