How do you recommend getting a child off the nuk? She is 17 months. Think it is time?

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Sarah - posted on 04/09/2009

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My pediatrician said they need to be off it by 3 to keep it from affecting their teeth.  If you can't stop before their 1st birthday, you want to wait til closer to 2 when you can talk to them about it.  When my son started talking, we told him that he couldn't have it when he was awake because you can't talk with it in your mouth so we only gave it to him for bed and longer car trips.  After his 2nd birthday we only gave it to him for bed when he asked.  We started talking to him about big boys not needing binkies.  Where we had difficulties was we were also trying to potty train and he didn't want to be potty trained because we said big boys use the potty and also said big boys don't use binkies.  I don't remember what it was exactly, but something came up that you had to be a big boy for and basically overnight he gave up his binky and potty trained himself in a week (he was around 2 1/2).  My 20 month old daughter still uses hers.  She only gets it at night, and now that she is starting to talk and understands most of what we say, we are going to start the process with her.   Find some goal that only big girls get, and work toward it.  

Holly - posted on 04/09/2009

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Thanks for the help. She is my first and my family keeps saying she should be off it by now. So I was a little worried. Thanks

Amy - posted on 04/09/2009

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Mine was a lil over two when she got rid of it all by herself ut what heled was she lost her favorite one ut i found it and did'nt tell her so she had to deal with the one she did'nt like very much.

Alicia - posted on 04/09/2009

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My son was almost 2 when we finally decided to take him off of the nuk. We would only give it to him at night and at nap time, with a little stuffed animal. He was eventually taken off of it but he slept with his 'Ni-Nite puppy" for a while now he goes to sleep without anything. It took almost 2 mos. before he was completely done with it. But every child is different. My daughter hates a nuk!

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