How do i break my 2 yr old from her pacifier? Any suggestions?

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Samantha - posted on 02/18/2010

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We did the "Binky Fairy" thing - only we mailed my daughter's binkies to the fairy, and then the fairy mailed her a present the next day. She did great the first night, and then the next night (after she had gotten her present) she was FREAKING out because she wanted them. I ended up having to go buy her one 3 days later because she was literally a wreck without them.

We tried various other things, but what finally worked was just simply cutting the tips of them off. She was a little older than 2, but it worked amazingly! She did not even cry... and she was very dependent on them. She told me that her bed was making holes in her binkies, and she told my mom that she didn't want to put them in her mouth because she didn't want them to make her tongue have holes in it :)

Jennifer - posted on 02/18/2010

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With my Son who is now almost 4 I started slowly. Id take away during the day telling him that it was now only a "goodnight bb". He would whine and ask for it during the day saying that he "needed it" but came around when he realized I wasnt giving in. After a while at night I started 'forgetting' it and then so did he. He recently found one and wanted it but when I told him that hes a big boy and doesnt need it, he let it go.

Amy - posted on 02/18/2010

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Well my advice would be to start limiting the time you child has it. If he/she is crying look for other options and distractions to avoid giving it to her/him. A lot of times it's habit that makes them so attached so the more time they have without it the less dependant they become. You could also limit the amount you have, the less there are the less your child will see them, the less the craving. I have also heard that once you've gotten the need for the bink lessened then you can cut the ends so that it is less desirable and the child loses interest and gives it up. I hope this transition from binky dependancy to binky free is as easy as possible for you :)

Vanessa - posted on 02/18/2010

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we had our son put it under his pillow and when it was gone in the morning we told him all about how the boo(that was his name for it)fairy came and took it to give to a new baby in the world that needed it and believe it or not it worked then we went out and got him a treat and also bought new ones to give to charity and he still loves doing charity work now too

Christie - posted on 02/18/2010

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With my daughter who is 7 now, I had her walk it out to the garbage man who was extreamly nice and thanked her for it and told her maybe she would get a prize for giving it to him...I did indeed give her a special treat. My son who is 3 now I told him that the birdies were having babies and they needed a pacifer I asked him if we could leave his for the birds, he agreed so we left it on the front porch. When my husband returned from work he took the pacifer and left a bubble blower in its place. Both kids had no withdraws from that point on. I hope this helps!

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