The wonderful yet terrible pacifier

Nadine - posted on 03/24/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Okay, I admit it. My daughter will be three at the end of next month and still takes her "pap-pap" everywhere. Help. I need it to go away. Problem is, her six month old brother has one.

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Tara - posted on 03/24/2009

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Hi Nadine- funny, we call it a papap in my house too. Anyway, my now almost-6 yr old was FOUR..yes 4! when she finally tossed it. We had tried several times before; letting the Easter bunny take it for all the babies across the world when she was2, giving it to Santa at 3...her baby cousing at 31/2...finally, at 4 I toldf her that her doctor said that Papaps are for babies, and that now that she was a big girl, it could make her teeth yucky..and that it only does that to big kids. We made a BIG "cermony" of her tossing it away; she was a WRECK for several days following and at one point wailed"I miss my papap,and she misses meeeeeeee!" When we got to 3 days papap free, we went ona wonderful outing with her best friend and celebrating "big kid style". I really believe when they are ready, they are just ready and u cant do it til then...

Mandy - posted on 03/24/2009

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I've gone through this twice now with my two sons.  (I now have a 6 month old daughter who takes one so I've been in the same situation both times).  My oldest son was actually easy, because he started chewing holes in them.  I told him he had one left and if he chewed a hole they were gone.  I made him throw it away.  He was surprisingly fine with it.  (A couple of nights asking for it, but not nearly as bad as I thought).



The second son, not quite as easy and I just took it away about 3 weeks ago.  We had went on vacation and he was told that when we got back there would be no more binkies.  I got rid of them all when vacation was over.  We had a couple of really rough nights and he definitely doesn't fall asleep as fast, but every day it gets easier.  We had gotten to the point where he only got it at nap and bedtime first before we took it totally away; which made the transition a little easier.



Good luck.  I truely think it is just as hard on us as the parents to get rid of those for it keeps them quiet when you need them and you know it comforts them.  Just stick with it and she'll get used to it quicker than you think.

Jessica - posted on 03/24/2009

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Hi there, I have a 12 yr old and 2 yr.old and yes my 2 year old still has her  pappy as well..here is how I look at it..believe it or not she will grow out of it..my nephew had one until he was 4 and he is now 17 and he turned out just fine..Yes people will make there comments and roll there eyes on how things should be..but every child is different and if it keeps her calm and relaxed..so be it.. but just try slowly in some ways like keep reminding her what a big girl she is without it.. and if she has little playmates over..let her notice they don't have one..and you will see ,,it will eventually become a thing of the past..just stay calm and she will to...it all works out eventually..you will see....

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