I can't get my 2 yr old to give up pacifier


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Carolyn - posted on 03/04/2009




My sister's daughter didn't want to give up her pacifier.  So they explained to her that she was a big girl now and big girls don't use pacifiers.  And then she had her throw out the pacifiers into the garbage.  Then she had her husband take out the garbage so they wouldn't be in the house anymore.  When she went to go to bed she didn't have her soother and went to the garbage to get it.  They told her it was all gone and she was a big girl now.  And she was fine after that

Corri - posted on 03/04/2009




With our first we were out at a chinese restaurant and we put a little dab of hot mustard on it and she never took it again... but I wouldn't reccomend that technique even though it worked!

But seriously for #2-4 we cut the nipples off them one by one and told them they were broken but make them throw it away. Make it a celebration when he does and keep doing it until they are all gone. When he asks or cries about the binky remind him they were all broken and you threw those yucky things away and find a distraction :)

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my son used to bite through his all the time and wreck them so for about 2 weeks i told him when you bite throuh this last one thats it you have to be a big boy and through it away... sure enough he bite threw it and it went in the bin... I made a big deal about it and brought him a big boy presant... If you child dosent bite threw them fast enough tell them that this is the last one anyway and if they wreck it they have to bin it... prick a hole in it befor you give it to them and let them put it in the bin.... good luck....

Deena - posted on 03/03/2009




My son has formed a huge attachment to his binkies, also. I'm really concerned about how I will ever get him to give them up. He is twenty months old and has a big collection of binkies, which he hides around the house to make sure he can always find them. I can usually keep him distracted so that he won't use them in public, but when we're in the house all bets are off. My husband is pretty concerned about the whole thing and wants the binkies to disappear. Avery gets so obsessed with having them that I usually just find it easier to give in. I know that soon I'm going to have to deal with this situation too. Good luck! I understand your frustration! :)

Rebecca - posted on 03/03/2009




My best advice would be to take it away a little at a time.  When our son was about a year old we took the pacifier away except for at nap and bedtime.  The rest of the time it was put away where he couldn't see it.  Once he got used to that we took it away at naptime time and then eventually bedtime.  We had about 2 nights of fussing to have his pacifier and then he was fine.  The pacifier was gone by the time he was 18 months old. 

Tara - posted on 03/03/2009




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We pretended to send my sons to a baby boy that needed it. We let him draw a picture & we wrote a little note. He helped put it in the mailbox. That was it,a few days later I wrote him a thankyou note from the baby boy that got it telling him how happy he was now & my son bought it. Everytime we saw a mail truck for a while he would ask if that was the one that took his toot (pacifier). but that was about it. Good Luck!!

Megan - posted on 03/03/2009




my little girl just kind of weaned herself. it started with not wanting it during the day, then spitting it out after falling asleep, and all of a sudden she didnt want it at all. she had completely stopped by a year old.

i know plenty of parents who don't even try to take it away until three years old. my psychology teacher suggested just looking for the signs of readiness (basically what my little girl did) and don't take it away or hide it, just stop offering it and offer a stuffed animal or blankie instead.

Jodie - posted on 03/03/2009




you could always hide it or show your child what happens to their teeth if they keep it! i didnt really have that problem with my 2year old she took herself off at 6 months but i think i willl have that problem with my 5 month old if you find something that works please let me know

Dawn - posted on 03/03/2009




Have you tried the pacifier fairy? A friend had her little one put her pacifier under her pillow and the pacifier fairy comes at night and takes her pacifier to other little ones who need a pacifier because they are babies and her big girl who left the pacifier under her pillow got a special surprise. She explained to her little girl that she was too big for a pacifier and only little babies need a pacifier and it seemed to work. Good luck, hope something works soon.

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