How to get my 2 year old daughter off the pacifer!

Patrice - posted on 06/04/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Diane just turned 2 and likes to suck on one pacifer and hold the other in her hand. The only time she wants it is when it is time to sleep or she is very tired. I NEED HELP!

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Chris - posted on 06/23/2009

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when my son was 2 he always had a drinks bottle ( he now 18) one day we were playing about in my room and my window was open. i was dangling his bottle out the window then he turned his head to look at something and i flung his bottle under my bed. i gave a big gasp saying " oh no, a mummy bird has taken your bottle, i think she needed it for her baby birds" he was a little upset but when he understood that the baby birds needed it he was ok. i think i was more anxious about it than him. it took him a couple of nights to get over it but he was fine after that. the tip is to throw them all away so you are not tempted to give them back!!

Kyha - posted on 06/22/2009

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my son just turned 2 in may and i was lucky with him and the binky situation. when he was 6 months old he just spit it out one day and would never take it again thank god!

but i do have a friend who had an aweful time with her son and his attachment to his binky.

i did some research and asked for some advice from several experienced moms and was able to help her out without a problem.



with him/her being 2 i don't know how well it would help but try using the binky fairy (works great with girls i've heard..fairies and all haha) but try telling her that the binky fairy is going to come and take it away to another baby who needs one more than see does..but like i mentioned earlier with her being so young i don't know if she would understand.



i had an aweful time breaking my son of the bottle because he didn't have a binky, blanket, or stuffed animal that he was attatched to..and he only took it at night..sippy during the day and bottle at night like you daughter does with her binky. honestly, i just toughed it out and wouldn't give it to him. yeah he cried all night for a week but after that he was over the bottle. its really frusterating and hard not to give in but you gotta do what you gotta do i guess.

if worst comes to worst this method worked for me!



hope i could be of some assistance to you!

Patrice - posted on 06/21/2009

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Well...I have to say that my husband got our 2 year old daughter to THROW away her 2 pacifiers today! She would normally sleep with one and hold one in her hand. Surprisingly, she adjusted very well and went to sleep without much of a fuss at all.

Monica - posted on 06/17/2009

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i would love to wean my son off the pacifer. he only uses it when he sleeps. he likes to have one in his mouth and one in each hand when he sleeps, when he gets up he brings me all of his pacifers and hands them to me,even the one in his mouth. my son has had multiple surgeries with at least 2 more to go,the pacifers give him so much comfort after the surgery, so we cant take them away yet. but i m going to try and wean him off of the naptime pacifer.

Gemma - posted on 06/15/2009

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i have the same problem if its only for sleep time i would just leave her with it my little 1 wont sleep with out hers but i try not to let her have it in the day or when we are out.

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im in the same position i keep telling them they have to hang it on the xmas tree for santa so they have afew more months to get used to the idea.i have managed to keep it just for bedtime.

Jennifer - posted on 06/14/2009

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Just wanted to leave an update on Maddox, he is now fully weaned from his pasi! It took less than a week. This weekend, since Daddy had a long weekend, decided to take it away at night. Which was the last phase in my plan. For 2 nights he woke up in the middle of the night and cryed for about an hour. I would still go in every 15 min or so and lay him down and rub his back. He fell asleep. He woke up a couple other times briefly and fell back asleep. Last night for the first time ever he slept 6 hours in a row and only woke up 1 time and that was to nurse! I think taking away the pasi really helped him sleep better at night cause he doesn't wake up and look for it. Good luck to you!

Andrea - posted on 06/10/2009

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If she only needs it at bedtime you're not in a horrible place, that's pretty good. Maybe try something else to comfort her in it's place if it's really bothering you. My sister uses the binky fairy, kinda like the tooth fairy, the binky fairy comes in the middle of the night and takes all the binkys from the big kids because she needs them for the babies. I have not yet tried this but it has worked twice for my sister. My oldest hated the binky from birth and my twins are only 1 so I'm not quite ready to take it yet.

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When each of my children turned one year old...I just gathered up all the binkis and threw them all away. I never bought any more. They took it rough for a couple days or so, but they got over it. If you dont have the heart to make them cut cold turkey like that...I have also heard of the method to cut a little bit away each day until there is no more. I dont know anyone that has personally done that, but I see other people on here mentioning it. So I think either of these two options are a good way to go.

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my dentist gave me an idea wich worked every couple of days cut a little of the pacifer until they cant hold it in there mouth anymore it worked for me good luck

Jennifer - posted on 06/09/2009

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My 1 yr old takes his for sleeping only. Two days ago I started only giving it to him at night. For his nap, I put him down when he's tired with a stuffed animal he likes and put on some lullaby's on the cd player. He does cry. I stay with him for a minute and rub his back then I leave. If he stays crying I go in every 15 min and lay him back down and say "night night" or whatever word you want to use for sleep, that's it stay for a minute and leave. The first day it took 1hour for him to fall asleep. Yesterday 30-45 min. Then last night he threw his pasi out of his bed in the middle of the night and I couldn't find it. So, he cried for about 30 min then fell asleep. This mornings nap only took 5-10min to fall asleep. I'm not a fan of the "cry it out" method especially under 1year. After that, I believe they do start to learn crying works. But I don't think you should just leave them to cry. If 15 min is too long for you, start with 5 min. At 2 she does understand a lot so explain she can't have it. If you take it away then give in, she learns that crying will get it back. You just have to stick to a plan that will work for you! I say try it for at least 3 or 4 days and keep a little journal so you can see if she's making any progress.

Lynn - posted on 06/08/2009

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THROW THEM ALL AWAY...my daughter was the same way. I threw them away, she cried for a while, but then eventually got over it. So many mom's are worried about letting their kids cry...it's good for them. Hard on you, but good for them.

Deborah - posted on 06/08/2009

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The nuks "magically" disappeared in our house. While my husband distracted our son, I put them out of sight. Then we "looked" all over his room for them. When we couldn't find them, he was a little upset but it didn't take long before he wasn't missing them at all. A bit deceitful as parents, but because we helped "look", our son accepted the fact they were gone. You could also try the Ferber method if you wanted. We had success with that method in breaking my son of some bad bedtime habits. Good luck with your task!

User - posted on 06/04/2009

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i'm in the same boat, my daughter is 20 months old and is attached to her binky!! i dont know what we'd do with out it but i'm also wanting to make it just a bed time thing and long car ride thing. everyone has been telling me to cut a hole in the tip of the binky and then she wont want it any more, but i look at that as a possible choking hazard, and i just think she would throw an absolute fit until i got her a new one! If your comfortable with it, you could give it a try! If you do and it works for you let me know and maybe i can get gutsy enough to try it on mine!

Kathleen - posted on 06/04/2009

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ehh if she only wants it when she sleeps let her have it. Although i'd explain something to her about when she's 3 she's not a baby anymore, she's a big girl. Binky's are for babies so when she's 3 they have to go to a baby who needs them....

Ashley - posted on 06/04/2009

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i just give my soon to be 2 yr old her binky when its time for bed.She never sees it in the day time and its startin to help break her.

Amanda - posted on 06/04/2009

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I am in the same position my daughter turned 2 in January and she is so attached to the pacifer, She will not give it up for nothing!

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