how do i get rid of the binky?

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Sharame - posted on 08/03/2009

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For the children I take care of (full time nanny) We told them the binky fairy (like the tooth fairy) was going to come and check every night to see if they were big boys/girls already and if you placed your binky under your pillow she would give you a treat or money. We waited maybe 2 days with them sleeping with binkys under their pillows then exchanged them for cash/treats. The funny thing now their between 10 and 6 years old and have never questioned the existence of the binky fairy. Currently my son is 18 months and were working up to the binky fairy theory hopefully he'll go just as smoothly.

Janette - posted on 08/02/2009

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Mine is 29 months and has them in bed instead of a toy. He mostly just holds them now and doesn't suck ont he m much. Not taking them away quite yet though as I am expecting my second next month and don't want him to see the new guy with them and not be allowed. He doesn't suck his thumb, talks nonstop very well, never had an ear infection and is a healthy boy so I see no probs.

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I'm not the right one to give advice as they were never a big thing here. But from the Mom's I know, I've heard that cold turkey is best. A couple of days and it's forgotten. Worth a try?

Erica - posted on 07/31/2009

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I've heard it's harder to get rid of pacifiers at age 1 because they're too young to understand (and my boys seem to really be helped by them). At age two kids can usually understand that they aren't babies anymore and go along with various ideas like giving it to the pacifier fairy, sending them to santa, giving them to the new baby or whatever other idea parents have! I'm hoping that works out for us!

Cindy - posted on 07/30/2009

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I think the key is to distract them with playfulness or toys or with a bottle or munchies if they're hungry. Don't try it during a time when they're teething or sick, though. I think we just gradually gave it to him less often until he didn't notice it wasn't around anymore.

Fiona - posted on 07/30/2009

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I only let my daughter use it in the crib (weened her off day time use pretty quickly) and then one night I just didn't give it to her as a test - we didn't have to give it back after that. I think limiting it to the crib only really helped.

Nilmari - posted on 07/30/2009

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I told my daughter that the mouse took her paci... wala! no more bobo for her. (She hates mouses)

Nancy - posted on 07/30/2009

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When I was pregnant I got so sick of my 2 1/2 year old with the binky. So, one night I just cut a little hole in it so when he went to suck all he got was air. He thought he broke it and he threw it out in the garbage. Every now and then he asks for it but then he says that he threw it out and that was it...yeah! Maybe it will work for you too.

April - posted on 07/29/2009

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I told my son that he had to leave them for santa in exchange for presents. So on christmas eve he put all his pacifiers in a dish and left them next to the tree. In the am the pacifiers were gone and their were presents under the tree. it took him a few nights to find another way to sooth himself to sleep but after that he was ok. good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 07/29/2009

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My son was about 26 mo when we gave up the binky. We hid them all and explained that he was not a baby, but a big boy...It was not easy because his brother was only 6 mo old and has a binky. My 2 yr old would find binkies and try to hide them, but we finally got the job done. It just took patience. Bribery did not work for us, we tried it all...We're planning to take the binky away from our younger son at 12 mo. Supposedly that's easier...Good luck!

Sian - posted on 07/29/2009

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my son is 3 i nov and gave his up a month ago, i repeatedly said to my son for afew days that we would go to a shop and buy a special big boy toy and throw away his dummie beacause he wasnt a baby and didnt need it anymore. at the shop he chose a £3 motor bike toy and when we got outside i had toy in 1 hand dummie in the other we went and stood by a bin and i said throw one away are you a baby or a big boy and that was that! i mean he cried for bout 20 minutes that night b4 he fell asleep but the rest is history lol. good luck!

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