How do i get my 2 year old off the pacifier. He still wants it at night


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Amanda - posted on 02/10/2011




Cut the tip a little, then a week or so later cut the tip again a little more and so on untill there is no more. Dont give in! Its going to be one of the hardest things you do but at this point (s)he is better without it. It can mess up thier teeth and inerfer with speak.

Adrienne - posted on 02/08/2011




We took our son off the pacifier at 18 months and he was only using at nap time and bed time. We went straight cold turkey and it was hell to listen to him cry. But if you ignore the crying and not give in it shouldn't take any longer then a week. Anything else we tried nothing worked. We went cold turkey and he was off it within a week and yes it was painful to listen to him cry. I've been so thankful that my other two have never taken to a pacifier so I haven't had to do this again. Good Luck! :)

Summer - posted on 02/08/2011




I was told by my ped that after the age of 2 it is hard to wean them off it...They will out grow them (in most cases) and that I have to deal with it . Its a security item and by taking it away suddenly will cause security issues in your toddler. I know, I wish I had known that because i would have gotten rid of it before 18 months, but I'm taking my peds advice and dealing with it. The ONLY RULE I have is that she ONLY gets it at bed and nap. It has to stay in her bed. It took a couple days to get her to understand, but it now works, and one day I hope that she'll just get use to bed without it and the "binkie" will be a distance memory. Good luck

Kim - posted on 02/07/2011




I really like the advice Krissy had above. Another idea is giving the paci to the baby, maybe a friend wh has a baby. Set a date and tell him he is a big boy now and that baby so and so needs his paci's. Make a big deal about sharing, talk about it up to the date, wrap them up as a present together and give them to the baby. He will think he is a big boy and that he shared with someone who "needs" them. I do like the paci fairy idea too though.

Krissy - posted on 02/07/2011




a lil hind sight for others who might be reading this....

A good time to remove the binky/paci... is when they get to the age where they are sitting up and start dropping it to play with toys. Take it away when they drop it... mine never needed it after that.

otherwise, you can do as supernanny does, (have a silly paci fairy that takes the paci's away and leaves a big kid present in it's place)...

or... you can just say, you are a big kid now,... take it away... no matter how much they cry, don't give in. they will sleep eventually. And when they DO fall asleep, the next morning make a really big deal outta how good they did and how proud you are!

Bonnie - posted on 02/07/2011




Just take it away and don't give it back. Throw it out if you have to. It may take some time for him to get used to not having it, but it will be gone.

Meagan - posted on 02/06/2011




i cut the tip off with scissors and told him it got broken and there were no more! he was a sad and held the soother in his hand at night since he couldnt suck on it and then he just stopped paying attention to it and didnt even notice that it was gone

Christine - posted on 02/06/2011




I am in the same situation as you, my son has to have it at night. When you find a solution please let me know!!!

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