How do I get my 2 1/2 year old to give up her pacifer?

Leslie - posted on 05/14/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 2 1/2 and REFUSES to give up her pacifer. I have tried everything. She does not have it all day at daycare, but as soon as she comes homes she asks for it. I've tried just letting her cry it out, but after 2 hrs of screamin, crying and making herself sick I give in and give it to her. Any sugestions on what to do? Help please!!!!

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Beck - posted on 05/17/2009

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HI, my daughter was the same, She would only get her dummy at nap and sleep time. So in November last year I stated telling my daughter that when santa comes this christmas he was going to take her dummy and give it to another special little girl who needs it more then her because she a big girl now and don't need it anymore. And he imight leave you a special present. At first she did not agree but i kept letting her know that another special little girl needs it more. Then later she asked me for some sunglasses like mummies. I told her that maybe santa will bring her glasses if she gives him her dummy. And that is what was said everytime. Then at xmas i took her dummy and left her glass at the side of her bed. It worked for me.
I also have 2 other children Aged 2 and 1 and i didn't have a problem with her pinching there dummies.
I also believe you have to make a big deal of removing the dummy as it is a hugh step for them as it is their comfort.

Kim - posted on 05/16/2009

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believe it or not, i cut the tips off my sons pacies! everyone that she has make sure you get them all. an elderly lady at a store told this and it worked. he asked me why they were broke n i told him where he sucked on them so much, haha. he did try to use them a little but finally gave it up.

Monyett - posted on 05/15/2009

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Been Here! My son was this age when he FINALLY stopped using it. I have two suggestions. Wait until she is sick to the point where she can't breath throuhg are nose, that way she won't want the pacifer because its uncomfortable, take and DON"T GIVE IT BACK.(This worked with my younger son) You can also go the "your a big girl" route and play up how big girls don't need pacifers. You can have a good bye ceromony for the pacifer and get a "special" trach can to throw it away in. GOOD LUCK

Leslie - posted on 05/15/2009

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Thanks Elizabeth. That's a big part of our problem (my son). She was almost off the paci when I had my son (she was 18 months old) now she is more attached to it than ever. He rarely uses his any more. I figure if I can break him of his then it will be easier to break her. She really regressed when I had my son.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/15/2009

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The Paci Fairy worked for my daughter. She was two and we gathered up her pacies and put them on the table and we told her that the Paci Fairy would come (while she was sleeping) and take her pacies and leave her a present. After that she only asked for her paci two times and I reminded her that the fairy got them and gave her a gift and that she was a big girl and didn't need a paci anymore!

Honestly I was very surprised that it worked....she was a paci baby! But I was willing to try anything and I thought this was cute, kinda like the Easter Bunny & Santa!! Now we will see if it works for my son when it is time!

Leslie - posted on 05/15/2009

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Thank you Stephanie. I will defantely try that. I'm willing to try anything right now to get rid of it. Thanks alot for the advise!

Stephanie - posted on 05/14/2009

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I did this with my little nieces she was the same age.. She only took it at naptime and at night I told her that i would take her and get her the baby doll of her choice if we could throw the pacifer in the garbage So we set a date went to the store and when i took her back home she took all her pacifers and threw them in the trash.. I explained to her that she now had her baby to sleep with and she didn't need her pacifer nomore.... It worked great she never had it after that! I think the whole idea of her getting rid of it herself helped and also the new babydoll she enjoyed!

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