WHAT DO I DO ABOUT THIS PACIFIER???!!!! SHE'S 2 NOW

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Kristen - posted on 08/10/2010

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I'm going to let my daughter have hers until she gives it up on her own because eventually she will be done with it. She is 15 months now and only uses it when she's really tired or sleeping.

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I told my sons both 1 and 2 at the time, that the Paci fairy was coming and they needed to put it under their pillow and they would get a surprise. (i put a dollar under their pillows) after awhile one found another one and this time we tied it to a helium ballon and let it go outside. LOL wonder where it landed.

Jessica - posted on 07/26/2010

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We've been trying to ween Christian for the past couple months, only giving it to him at bed and nap time. I was at work the other day and his Papa and Dad decided to tell him "Lakota" (the family husky) ate all of his binkies.. haha He was upset for the first couple of nights and nap times, but its only been 3 days and he has stopped asking :) I think cold turkey is the way to go!

Kim - posted on 07/26/2010

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my boy used to have dummies all the time and then i saw he's not talking as much as the other kids in nursery, but when i asked nursery they said he doesn't have a dummy here and he's really chatty. so bye bye dummies, i told him that he can only have a dummy at bedtime because he's a big boy now and can go without. so now he doesn't have them at all because he doesn't need them! i hope my mum reads this, she's just brought him 2 new ones and i hate it, he's been off them for 2months now and he still has one at her house once a fortnight!

Phindile - posted on 07/26/2010

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am in the same shoes as you but will try these few tips Thank you for the question.

Grace - posted on 07/25/2010

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well have 2 YEAR OLD also and i took them away and said if u keep sucking on pacifier's a monster will come out so now she stoped and wont let her baby brother who is 2 months suck on them.

Diane - posted on 07/24/2010

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I just told my wee girl santa was cumin with loads of presents but was bringin a special one for her for all her pacifiers so xmas eve came and we boxed all of they and decorate the box and left a message for santa as well as leavin cookies and milk out for him so the next day came and yes she did look for one but took her to the plate and glass of milk was and said look santa has took the box away and here is that special present santa left for them and from that day she has never looked back. So gd luck!

Deborah - posted on 07/24/2010

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Bye Bye Binky worked for me, no tears no screaming no tantrums, and she was off them completely in less than a week.

Gena - posted on 07/23/2010

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I agree with the cold turkey....but I had my son gather all of his and we put them in a box to mail to his cousin who was a "baby" and needed them! We taped up the box and took it to the curb for the "mailman" and they were gone!!! He asked for it that night, but we reminded him that he mailed them to his cousin, and he was fine!!!

Jackie - posted on 07/23/2010

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We did it cold turkey, though at a much younger age. But I fully support cold turkey...may not be the easiest route, but it gets you where you need to be the fastest and face it, raising kids isn't meant to be "easy".

Nina - posted on 07/23/2010

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I was in the same situation. My daughter is 2 yrs and 3 months and we just kicked the habit about a month ago. She had to have it and if she didn't get it she cried ect. I would get her to sleep without it once in awhile but then she would wake up in the middle of the night crying for it. Our miracle cure...we took the nail polish that tastes bad (made for nail bitters or thumb suckers) and I put it on all her pacifiers. When she wanted one I told her no she is a big girl and pacifiers were icky. She would fuss and cry and kept asking so I said ok, but its icky. I gave her one and she stuck it in her mouth gave it a suck or two made a horrible face and threw it on the ground saying its icky. I told her I know pacifiers are icky. She asked for it three times the first day with the same result, and one or two times the second day and that was it. Never wanted one again. She was very dependent on them and she kicked the habit in two days. I was so surprised and I was mad at myself for not doing this earlier. (just have water ready for your child to rinse the taste out of their mouth because it does taste bad) :-) good luck!!

Crystal - posted on 07/23/2010

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Just stop it cold turkey. It will hard for the first few days but you have to do it. Just think of it this way. If your son has a pacy until he is 2 she will want hers until she is 4 or 5 and it will be harder to break her then. I know my nephew had his until he was almost 2 1/2 years old and his breath started smelling so bad, and one front tooth is crooked, ( which will fall out in a few years) from sucking on the pacy is what theri ped. told them.

Dana - posted on 07/23/2010

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I have a 2 year old and a 5 month old so I have no clue how to break the 2 year old from a pacifier. She see's her brother with his and thinks she needs one to. Then all you hear is pacy,pacy,pacy,pacy until you give it to her. What do I do?

Crystal - posted on 07/23/2010

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I know this sounds horrible but it work very well for our family. We agreed our daughter could have her pacy unitl 1 year old then it was gone. We took it straight away from her. She couldn't even have it for bed or naps. She would cry and scream but after two days she was off it and hasnt had it since. Good luck. Just be patient with your child because she or he will be very mad.

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You've got three choices:
1. Leave it and limit to sleep time periods only and likely she will give it up on her own when she is 3-4 years old.
2. Go cold turkey and expect a couple of weeks of fussing for it
3. Gradually wean her off it by taking it away at nap and then bed time using some form of reward chart for each time she goes without it.

All are acceptable and workable methods. All have their pros and cons and really it comes down to what you can live with.
Though with cold turkey I would also introduce a bribe of some sort or have the paci fairy come and take them all away.

Adrienne - posted on 07/22/2010

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Ok I know this sounds mean but cold turkey works. I was told so many different ways but I tried cold turkey. It took a week worth of crying and fighting on it but you know what it worked. My middle son didn't need a pacifier so I was thankful I didn't have to take the pacifier away again. But now my 3 month old uses a pacifier and I will be going cold turkey with him as well. Good Luck Shequira!

Deborah - posted on 07/22/2010

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I used a technique called bye bye binky. Worked a treat and my daughter was off them completely in 5 days, of her own choice!

Corinne - posted on 07/22/2010

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My friend told her little girls that they were too big for pacifiers and that when Christmas came they would have to box them up and leave them for the Christmas tree fairy. They were weaned off slowly, nap times and bed times, then only for bed etc. When Christmas rolled round she had them decorate a couple of small shoe boxes and they put their pacifiers in. On Christmas morning the boxes were still there but the fairy had left a small present each. Don't know what else to suggest as I never used them. Good luck!

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