how do i get my son to get rid of his paci?!

Jenna - posted on 10/31/2008 ( 16 moms have responded )

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my 2 1/2 year old cries and screams for his paci and doesn't quit til he gets it. what are some helpful hints to get him to give it up?!

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Jenna - posted on 11/03/2008

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thanks for all the advice!! i think we're just going to have grin and bare it for the first couple days.. i am going to try the santa idea b/c he is starting to get the idea that he will be getting presents! you all gave great advice! thanks so much!

Kristin - posted on 11/01/2008

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My daughter was 3 when she got rid of hers binky. We tried the binky fairy and she missed one and we were back to square one. So chirstmas was coming and we told her that santa had called and asked for binkys for the baby raindeer and elfs, and she was all for that. When christmas eve came we wrote a letter fer santa and left the binkys on the letter and she went to bed. Santa left her a special present in place of her binkys. She only asked for them once or twice and we just handed her the special gift and that was the end.

Sara - posted on 11/01/2008

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Hi Jenna, my son will be 3 in December and he still has a dummy. Instead of arguing every day about it, i told him that Santa will be taking it this year and leaving him a gift in return. I just remind him every couple of weeks so he remembers that he doesnt have it for too much longer. This idea worked for my eldest son, to get him off bottles.

Schellon - posted on 11/01/2008

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My cousin called them "shooshies" because it shooshed her son. Cute. We have a 5 month old and our older son didnt mind the baby having one and him not having one... he even helps put it in his mouth when it falls out. I really like the Advent because they are ortho and have a cover which is nice for in the diaper bag or a purse or where ever else these things end up at....

Ashley - posted on 11/01/2008

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Two ideas:

They say not to do this, but my cousin cut the ends off one at a time - he thought they were yucky and threw them away himself.

My son weaned himself at about 4 months - ours were all worn out and I wanted to go to the next size. My mom was helping take care of us cause I was sick - she went to get new ones and couldn't find any of the same brand - she brought home about 5 types - all different shapes and sizes - he would suck for a minute and spit them out - he didn't like the new feelings of them. It might not work for an older kid, but it might.



Also, just know that the first few days will be bad, then they will completely forget.

That's how weaning off the bottle went for us. The first 3 days sucked, then no big deal.

Heidi - posted on 11/01/2008

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What I did was had only 2 paci's. I cut one and put the other one in the cuppord. When he asked for his paci I gave him the broken one and walked away. He put it in his mouth and then said mommy broken. I acknowledged him and said oh no, and then walked away again. He tried and tried to use it and when it got really bad when he wasnt looking I gave him the other one until he was happy. Eventually I kept giving him the broken one and then he didnt want it anymore. It took two night for him to let it go. But the more you give him a broken one the less they want it. Try it, it might work but maybe not. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 10/31/2008

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Oh, have you tried taking it away slowly...like first start where he can have it whenever/wherever you are. Then, he can't have it in public--only at home or in car. Then, he can't have it in the car or public. Then, no car, no public, and not downstairs/in the living room area--only upstairs/in his bedroom. That's where we are now w/ our daughter...she only gets it in her room when she's sleeping. We had to replace the "paci" in the car with a little snack, like cheerios, fruit, or something to keep her hands and mouth busy.

Sarah - posted on 10/31/2008

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I am in the same boat. My 2-year-old has it for just night-time and naps only at home. she does not use it at daycare AT ALL. If we try and tell her it's "all gone" she freaks out. Plus, we have a 7 mo. old who uses one too, and how do we justify letting him have one and not her? (What I mean is..she doesn't understand why our baby son could have one and not her...)

Marlo - posted on 10/31/2008

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My son is almost 2 and uses for naps and nighttime only. We do need to get rid of it but honestly it is nice to have on those nights when he just won't go to sleep.

Danielle - posted on 10/31/2008

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oh i love the idea of the "binki fairy"

and i also love how many different names these silly little things have.

we called ours a "chooch" ?? i dont know why.... thats just what my mom called them.

and i've heard ppl call them a Nuk or a nukkie... because of the brand name i guess.. i beleive gerber sells "nuk" pacifiers.

i guess i'm rambling. :)

Schellon - posted on 10/31/2008

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we were lucky with our first because he was never really attached to his binky. When he was about 18 months he had it for naps and night time only and would actually ask for it... He was more attached to it then! Our dentist said it was pushing his teeth out when he had his 2 yr visit so we just took it away and he was fine. I have a feeling it will be a different story with our younger son who is 5 mos because he really likes his binky. I do remember seeing something on Super Nanny... Jojo told a little girl that the new babies in the world were out of binkies and she needed her to help out the babies and share her binkies. They got a basket and collected all the binkies and she left them for the "binky fairie" who in turn collected them and left $$$. Seemed to work like a charm for her but every child is different! Good Luck.

Danielle - posted on 10/31/2008

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i dont know how hard it would be by the age of 2.5.... but i got rid of my daughters when she was 13 months.

actually we lost the final one..... and i just told her they were all gone... she had a really rough couple of days.

i've heard getting him to give them away or tell him that he's a big boy now and big boys dont use pacifiers and maybe get him to throw them out?

good luck :)

Crystal - posted on 10/31/2008

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when they arnt playing with it.. without them noticeing it you take it away and throw it out... just putting it aside will not help cause you will give into giving it back later on... trowing it out makes it impossibe to give in... they will cry for awhile but eventually life will just go on without it... my daughter was the same way with a bottle and it lasted a couple days and then she was fine now my son drinks from a bottle and she couldnt care less

Nancy - posted on 10/31/2008

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My daughter will be 4 this year and we really had the same problem you did. We decided to wrap all the pacifiers in a present and give them to Santa for Christmas so he could give them to other younger kids that needed them. It was not as bad as I imagined it would be after taking it away. She was okay and dealt with it after a few days of not having it. It will not be fun the first few days but hey after that life is great again. Thanks

Erin - posted on 10/31/2008

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My son is 3 1/2 and uses it for nighttime and naps. Our pediatrician said he'll grow out of it, but I have no idea when our how to finish it off. Actually he's down to only having one left, so if he loses it we'll just have to deal.

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