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Posted by HIDDEN in Houghton, MI

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  • I knew a family that had the "paci fairy" who wanted to get pacis for other children who didn't have any, the parents and the kids decorated a box and put the pacis in the box and made a whole show/night out of it. Then in the morning the paci fariy was so happy with all the pacis she gave the children brand new stuffed animals for them to sleep with. It worked wonderfully for that family, the kids were a little sad once they realized they were gone, but the parents talked up the stuffed animals and the kids were fine after a day or two, hope that helps

  • Marie Osmond said years ago to start by cutting the tip of the nipple off, then a week later cut more off and so on. When it doesn't suck right anymore they quit. I did it and it worked very well. They lose interest in it quickly.

  • Instead of them having it 24/7, start only giving it to them during nap time and bed time. Keep decreasing the time they have with it so they become less attached. Soon enough you'll be able to completely remove it without to many attachment issues. I was glued to my pacifier as a baby and that's what my mom did for me.

  • I have raised 6 children and my answer to your question is to have a throwing away party. Yes, that is right. The child throws away his/her own pacifier and then everyone in the family celebrates with cake and ice-cream! It worked like a charm.

  • Most children use a pacifier for security. You can give them something else to use for security such as a teddy bear or a small blanket to hold when they go to sleep.

  • My niece had a similar problem and what we did was get a small pot and plant the paci in it...sprinkle magic dust and send her to bed (if she has more than one you will need to repeat the process)while your child is asleep, remove the paci and plant a pre grown flower (you can get these from any number of stores such as lowes and walmart) there are plenty of ways to make it an event just look it up online

  • ,The simplest way to remove a pacifier from your child's life is to have them get rid of it themselves. The emotional trauma from abruptly taking away the pacifier can lead to other issues later on. I like some of the ideas already presented here such as keeping the binky with them all day but not using it. I have had success with putting a pin hole in the pacifier's bulb which, when sucked by the child, will deflate. The deflated bulb no longer gives the child the same satisfaction and they will take it out. The child will probably try every pacifier a several times over the course of a week or so before giving them up completely. Keep an eye out for thumb sucking as this is a more undesirable behavior than using a pacifier and a harder habit to break. Leave the pacifiers around in their usual places until you see that the child is no longer attempting to use them. Ask your child if they are finished using them before you throw them away; you could even have your child collect them and throw them away. This method allows the child to give up the pacifier and believe that it was their idea so there should be no feelings of frustration or resentment towards the adult.

  • I just took all of my daughter's binkies away. When she cried I would just redirect her with her favorite stuffed animal. Then other thing I hear of people doing is slowly cutting the pacifier down till they can't stick it in their mouth anymore.

  • The "binky fairy." Shes a very nice lady and actually a first cousin to the tooth fairy. When the pacifier looses its suction(poke extremely tiny hole in top), its time to give it the the Binky Fairy who will come get all ur binky's and take them to the new babies being born who need them & in return leave a very special letter and toy of choice. ;)

  • There is a bitter oil or powder that they use on rubber bands for sale. Some have used that to rub on the pacifier so the child will spit it out. I forgot the name of it, but it's harmless, and it works.

  • My daughter got turned off by hers when it fell on the heating coils in the dish washer and got burned. She decided it was too nasty. When my son needed detaching, I tried burning it with a match and it didn't bother him although it looked and smelled terrible. I finally made a hole in the end and kept enlarging it so it sucked air. I had already restricted it to bedtime and never allowed them to walk around with it in their mouth all day. That's seems just as bad for the teeth as thumb sucking. Be creative. You may have to try more than one thing since each child is different.

  • I have several suggestions. 1. Start only giving it at bedtime and do not allow it during the day. You will have to gradually do this unless you want a flat out tantrum everyday. 2. Start giving a Ring Pop Paci and when it's gone, IT'S GONE. 3. Cut the tip a little at a time until it's gone. 4. Do it cold turkey for older kids. Flat out throw them away. The first few nights-week may be rough, but it's going to be harder on you as a parent than them as a kid in the long run. In all likelihood they will not remember it. Have you ever talked to an adult who recalls being traumatized that they had their pacifier taken away from them cold turkey? In all likelihood the answer to that question is almost always going to be no.

  • The Children I used to babysit sent there paci's to heaven. They tied balloons to the ends and slowly they would send them to people they missed or just friends. They loved this and havn't used one since they were 2 years old! Hope this helps!

  • We cut back to only bed time or nap time for a few weeks until she was use to the new schedule. Then LOTS of talk about build a bear in the mall and next week we take all the Passies to build a bear and 3 more days and 2 more days and 1 more day stiring lots of interest and excitement. Then she put all her Passies in the bear (3)before they stuff it. First night with her bear she was not very happy, second night distracted easily. This bear twinkled and played a short tune, heart lights up. that was 3 years ago,age 2, she still has it.

  • I watched a girl for months- she was 3 and still sucking on her pacifier! I thought of a great and fun idea to get rid of that habbit! The "B" fairy (binky)! We hung all her pacifiers on a tree and when she went to bed we removed them all and replaced it with her first bike in return! She loved it and never thought twice about her pacifiers!

  • I have 5 children and was able to wean them by poking a tiny hole in the top. When they suck it goes flat and they lose interest.

  • There are different things you can try since one method does not work on every child. My parents just stop giving it to me unless I went to sleep and if i cried it was too bad. But other ways I have learned over the years is to give them a sippy cup to replace it. Another way is to cut a small whole in the end of them. This lets the air out the pacifier goes flat and is no longer as much fun to suckle on.Or add some flavor too it that your child doesn't like. Who wants to have a pacifier if it taste like soap, vinegar, soy sauce or another flavor you can dream up.

  • I had my cousin place it on the trees so the baby birds can use it and whenever he wanted it we would look outside and talk about how the baby birds need it more than he does and eventually it disappeared from the trees and he kept talking about how the baby birds need it haha

  • I think 2.5 is a hard age for any child. Whatever you do to help your child drop the binky habit, I think it is important to let them know you love and accept them no matter what.

  • I would suggest you going have to start taken away slowly by slowly child going cry but that only way you are going be able get your child off by taken it away slowly find something else keep child mind off of it like his or her favorite toy when you do take it away hide it and eventually he or her will start not want it anymore .

  • I believe the binkie fairy is a brilliant idea! Another thing is my mom with my bottle made me throw it away. since I knew stuff on the trash can was yucky and would never come back, it worked for me. she took me to the park after I did. I assume it would work for binkies too.

  • I never used them

  • Try the "binky fairy" tell them that one day when they are sleeping the "binky fairy" will come and take their binkys and replace them with a big girl/boy toy! It is an exciting way to get rid of the binky.

  • I don't have kids but what worked for my mom with my sisters and I was that she told us how many pacifiers we had left and that she wasn't going to buy us anymore so if we lost them that was it. By the last one, I was pretty much over it and we cut it in half together.

  • I put a polish called "nail Biter" on my daughter's. She was past 3 and had it in her mouth 24/7. I had juice or pretzels to give her to take away the bad taste immediately but by the second time of trying that pacifier, she would throw it down if I "offered" it to her. (Works with cats who like to chew on blinds too lol)

  • My daughter in law had a great idea. She cut the pacifier and told my grandson it was broke. He was a little sad but moved on within a few days. He was 2 at the tme.

  • yes I think you should give your kid one of those soft cookies for toddlers and that works almost everytime too, good luck

  • Limit the time you let them use it to less time.

  • You could dip it in diluted vinegar, mix vinegar and water so that its not too strong of a taste but that it still tastes bad and give it to your child, they'll start to not want it and the vinegar doesn't harm them, unless of course they're allergic. In that case, dip it in anything that tastes bitter and they'll start to not care for it.

  • Definitely do not "cut the binky down till they can't stick it in their mouth anymore." Not smart. Your child will chew pieces off it a whole lot easier when its cut. Nobody wants their kid swallowing rubber or potentially choking. Your best bet is the Binky Fairy, first cousin of the tooth fair, awesome girl if I do say so myself.

  • Do NOT take it away from them! If you take this fixation away, they will just turn to another. If they go to school, or a play group, or any other social experiences, then they will gradually see that their friends aren't doing it, and they will make the decision themselves to stop using the pacifier. Unfortunately, social influences are some of the strongest, but he/she will confidently make the decision on their own when they know they don't need it anymore. Think about it; when a child is grown up, will they be bragging about when they stopped using a pacifier? It's a common concern for this age, but in the long run, don't take something away from your child if they are using it for security and/or regularity.

  • The Binky Fairy is very helpful in this matter. :) Gets rid of the binky and can be a nice little sharing lesson.

  • By the time I took my daughter's binky she was only taking it at nap time and bed time. I followed somebody else's advice. They told me to cut the tips off the binkies. I did that and one day at nap time she was sucking on her binky and realized something was wrong. She took it out and said it was "broke". She tried another one and soon realized they were all "broke". She took her nap with no problem. At bedtime that night she cried for awhile. It was heart breaking. But she never cried for a binky again.

  • I cut the pacifier almost all of the way through near the base and made sure all of the children could see that it was broke. I would lean down to their level and say, "Uh oh. It's broken." and if there was more than one, I'd go through the same routine with each making a big production about it. After I could see that they could see the broken portion, I would pull the first one the rest of the way off and say, "That was fun." and throw it away and say "All gone." Then I let them pull the nipple portion off of the others and throw them away and we'd both say "All gone." When bed time came around and a request for the pacifier surfaced, I'd gently say, "Remember, it's all gone and broken." Each child would wake once during the night fishing around for the pacifier and then fall back asleep. I never had an issue.

  • When I was little my mom had me "send them away" in the mail to the binky fairy. She said if I sent them to the binky fairy he would come and leave a present. So we went out to the mail box and then I went to lay down for a nap. When I woke up I found roller skates that I had been wanting. Just make sure you take the binkies out of the mail box before the mail man comes, haha!

  • When my nephews wanted the pacifier, we gave them teethers instead. Or a stuffed animal. It wasn't easy, but it worked.

  • I made a game out of it slowly take it away;award them afterwards; Do something they like to do make a deal with them.

  • I love the "paci-fairy" idea! Very smart. A family I've babysat for several years was having this problem and when they took away the binky, it turned into her sucking her thumb which causes dental problems later in life. They turned it into a game with her and they helped her make a paper chain with 14 chains on it. Every day she would go without sucking her thumb, they would take a chain off. If she sucked it, they would put one back on. Then after her 14 chains were completely gone, they would go reward her with something fun or ice cream. She's almost completely grown out of sucking her thumb now!

  • When my brother was being weaned off his pacifier we cut it vertically down the center. After explaining to him that it was 'broken' he let it go. It worked very well for us.

  • Cutting the very tip off the nipple part using scissors worked beautifully, as others have stated. I didn't go into any explanation, except to say that it was "broken." My son understood what that meant at about 18 - 20 months. A few days later another pacifier got "broken," too. He didn't want it anymore because it didn't feel the same and wasn't soothing to him any longer. He was also very attached to a variety of flannel receiving blankets to sleep with at night, and that habit continued until he was quite a lot older, but we didn't feel the need to take those away. He outgrew his blankie habit when he was ready!

  • The way my mom weaned me off of my pacifier was by putting lemon/lime juice or vinegar on my pacifier so every time I put it in my mouth I wouldn't like the taste so I would take it out. After a month or two I associated my pacifier with a gross taste and never put one in my mouth again.

  • Start by only giving them the binky at naptime and bedtime. Within a few weeks offer them a stuffed animal to sleep with. Tell them that their a big girl/ big boy and they no longer need the binky. It will be very challenging in the beginning but if the parent/parents are consistent with breaking the habit of the binky then in time they will no longer ask for the binky. A 2 yr old I care for only has the binky when she is in the crib for naptime/bedtime. It is used as a sleeping aid.

  • Hello, My name is Karen. I am a mother of 5 and what I did with my last 2 is When they turned 2 on there birthday I had them throw there binky in the garbage and told then they were big now and they had to stop using it. It worked both times with my daughter it was a little harder because she LOVED her bink! I removed it from garbage and it disappeared. they would ask for it, and I reminded them how they were big now and throw it away. GOOD LUCK!

  • The simplest way I found out between both of my kids, is letting them know, the Binky is for babies, now you are a big boy or big girl, you don't need that, and simply show them that its not something that they need, they crave it cause its something that calms them down, introduce them to a toy or a blanket, have them get attach to that, (with the toy, make sure it's something they can sleep with, no small parts) after a while they do grow out of that phase of having the Binky, it just takes time and patience. Show them try different ways to calm them down if they get fussy like play music when they sleep, soft music, nothing loud, rub some calm lotion before they go to bed. at this stage you gotta be creative, There is no wrong way of doing it, just gotta know the right time to do it...

  • One hint is to cut a small piece from the tip of the rubber, after 2 days cut a larger piece and so on. Eventually there will be no more suction and the child will not enjoy it. Do these to all pacifiers at the same time.

  • I had a hard time giving up my binky when I was young, and didn't give it up till around the time I started kindergarten. The main advice I give, is to reward your child with the binky and slowly start distracting them with better "more grown up " actives. At the least, your child will grow out of it like I did, and realize, kids around them aren't participating in the same behavior and they will grow out of the interest.

  • When my daughter was little she too had a Binky. I kept showing her pictures of children and adults not having a Binky in their mouths. I explained to her she needs to use something else to comfort her. I showed her some adults eat foods, some take up a hobby, etc. Then I placed her around other children that were her age or a little older that dropped the Binky. The children asked her questions as to why she still needed the Binky and explained they were "Big kids now" and didn't need the Binky anymore. The last thing I tried was bribery. There was a certain toy she wanted and costly. Older children were playing with it on the commercials and I noticed the children did not have a Binky in there mouth. I showed her the commercials and explained to her the toy was for "big" kids who didn't suck on a Binky while playing the toy. I guess with everything I presented her somewhere in her brain she decided she was no longer needing the Binky and wanted to play with the Big kids and the Big toys.

  • I work at a daycare full time and we have parents who want us to wane their children off of the binky. We do exactly what Hannah W. said, only during nap time and bed time unless they're teething which in that case you can make some exceptions because it's soothing for them to have something to chew on but if your opposed to that you could turn towards teething rings as well. Basically, just gradually take it away until it's gone completely. You'll have to be firm with it too though. Some kids might throw temper tantrums but if you really want them to stop using it, you have to stick to it and not give in because when you give in, they'll take huge advantage of that. Children know how to work their parents and how to get away with certain things so just stand your ground.

  • This is a VERY good question! When I had my boys I VOWED they would be off Binky's and bottles by 2 yrs of age the latest!!!! It really troubles me when I see a child passed that age with a Binky or bottle hanging out of their mouths all the time! My oldest was attached to his Binky and while his days with it were numbered I would every day try to keep it from him less and less. He also liked to lose it a lot so when I bought the last pacifier I told him it was his last and if he tossed this one there were no more! Of course it wasn't long before he tossed it out the car window and that was it! I explained I couldn't buy another and I didn't! Yes there was bedtime crying and screaming but in a weeks time.......he was done! I used a similar technique with my youngest and his bottle! Its tough but pays off!

  • I tell kids "I can hear you better if you take it out." Once they set it down I will move it and give lots of praise, introduce play/books/music and they usually forget they wanted it. What I think winds up happening is they associate more fun interaction with no binky, after a week or so of doing this most kids will see me walk in on my shift, and just hand it over. In situations they cry if they are asking for it and do not already have it, I redirect with some book time, or a favorite activity like bubbles. It can also be my cue to ask child "Are you feeling sad? Do you need a hug?" This works too, as then I find out a hug and moving on to play works smoothly. I like the tips I have read about cutting pacifiers slowly down to not being able to suck on, I will pass it on to families I work with.

  • My mom tells me the story of how she did this. She put all of the binkys in a jar. For a while she would let me carry the jar around. Then after a while she got rid of the jar. She explained to me that the binky fairy came and took the jar away.

  • First, gather them all up and let all the adults know the plan :) Allow him/her to use it only during nap/bedtime. Have the paci fairy come and take the pacis, leaving a fun small item behind for the child. Or, give them to a friend with a baby. You can also cut a tiny hole in the tip so it doesn't work any more. Some people dip it in something yucky, so that it doesn't taste good anymore. Be talking through the process with your child. Explain why (too old, not good for teeth/speech, etc.) and acknowledging his/her feelings (sadness, frustration, confusion, etc.) and helping him/her find a new way to cope and self sooth.

  • My daughter was almost 3 and still very attached to her pacifier. She wanted a doll house for her birthday. I started to tell her that big girls who want a doll house can't suck pacifiers. I would talk to her every day, about a month total, about getting her doll house for her birthday and throwing her pacifier in the trash, if she wanted the doll house. On her birthday, we put the doll house in the middle of the living room floor. When she went into the room, she looked at the doll house and ran out of the room to the kitchen. I followed her and said, "what are you doing." She was putting her paci in the trash. I had to go around the house collect all the pacifiers, put them in the kitchen trash and put that trash into the outside trash. I did this because I knew she would cry at bedtime for it and more than likely I would give in and give her one. It took three nights of crying and then she was fine. Although she moved her mouth when she was sleeping as if she had a pacifier in it for about a year!

  • I told my son who is 2.5 as well that he needed to give it to a baby that really needed it so they wouldn't be scared anymore, so I got a fake baby doll and cut the tip of it and let him stick it in the babies mouth like as said above they have to do it themselves bc it shows th they are in control and everyday they ask for it tell them they gave it to the baby and replace it with something else they can use to comfort themselves such as a blanket or pillow! My son chose a pillow and now he carries the pillow everywhere so I could try something little and portable such as a stuffed animal

  • Just take them all and deal with the fussiness for about 3 days. Keep him/her busy and distracted.

  • When my parents decided to start weaning me off of my pacifier they went with the method of slowly cutting more and more off the end of it. Unfortunately they took off too much the first time. When I stuck it in my mouth, I promptly pulled it out, stating, "Pappy broke. I through it away." I threw it in the garbage and never asked for it again. Perhaps slowly cutting the end off will work for you. And maybe your child won't be too bothered by the idea of not having it.

  • My mother would use a type of nail polish that you use when you are trying to stop biting your nails and put it on the nipple. The taste is terrible but gets the point across.

  • 1. Take it away early 2. Go cold turkey 3. Make it taste bad 4. Give it away 5. Take it away gradually 6. Sabotage it 7. Leave it for the Binky Fairy 8. "Lose" it 9. Read books about it 10. Let nature take its course

  • With my daughter who was 2 1/2 we said that the bebe (what she called it) was taken by the bebe fairy who came and took it for another baby who needed it the fairy left her a new baby doll and a note saying why she tool it she didn't have one ever after that hope this works!!

  • Anytime it was time to get rid of something my daughter seemed attached to (binkies and bottles) we threw a throwing away party. We had a special treat, and made it fun and she threw the items away in the garbage. Even at 1, when we stopped using bottles, she understood that once it was in the garbage it was gone. It worked everytime.

  • You are the parent you are in control. Remember this. You can tell your child its time to give it to another baby that needs it. You can poke a hole in it and when he notices there is no more suction you can throw it away and tell him there is no more paci's. After you throw it away you have to take the garbage out so he doesn't get it out of the garbage. You can also try the Paci Fairy like is mentioned above. Your child is way too old to be using a pacifier!

  • All we did was found all of them and threw them away. When he asked the next day we just said 'they're all gone, but you don't need them!' in a positive way.

  • We went to a friend's home one night and our daughter had become so attached to hers that we had to keep extras, just in case, well that night she ran and played, and wore herself out. She was asleep before we got out of the door, the next morning when she asked mommy & daddy for her binky we told her their puppy needed it, she went on playing:) We had tried everything up to that point, but she liked the puppy, so that's how she decided to let it go, and that was fine.

  • Instead of giving the child a pacifier when they ask for it, try to divert their attention to something else, like playing a game, eating a snack or a meal, taking a bath, going to the playground, eventually they will forget about it. Hopefully this will help you.

  • I allowed my daughter to continue with her "binkie" whenever she wanted it, but found that as she started nursery school at 3y/o, she gave it up herself. I think that children reach a certain level of growth and maturation when THEY are able to see that it is no longer an adequate method of obtaining whatever they found in it. I think she felt like a big girl and "binkies" were for babies. Hopefully this will work for you. If your child does not attend Nursery School, get them involved in Play Groups, where they will see other children not using "binkies".

  • You have probably been successful by now... but just in case... Here is how I have weaned M A N Y children off the binky... I took them to the store and went to the pacifiers. I found one that has a "different" type of nipple then what they were used to. I picked it up and said (enthusiastically) "LOOK... A brand new binky!" it's wonderful!"... they reach for it. "Do you want this new one?" they always do. I take it out of the package... hold out my hand and ask for their old one. Go straight way and buy it. (using the package), throw the old one away. When they want their binky I give them the new one. They will suck on it a little and then put it down. This way I never have to tell them no. It honestly has worked every time within a week or so... they no longer use a binky. :)

  • Throw it out, act like you lost it and that would be the end of it... End of Story! It worked for me!!!!!

  • Also, with my past experienced in taking care of children. I had a 2.5 year old girl that wouldn't let her binky go for anything in the world. So as her third birthday was coming up, I would remind her that she had to get rid of it on her 3rd birthday. At first she was a little sad, but as I was tucking her in bed she told her self she didn't need a binky. Kids usually use this as a sign of security and being safe, so I gave her a teddy bear and now it's all she carried.

  • cut the nipple off and hand it back to them, telling them its broken but they can have it.. they will soon leave it alone

  • a pacifer is cheaper than a physcatrist,or group therapy, they wont take it to school.

  • This was the hardest of all things to get away from our daughter who will be graduating this year, we tried everything from the mamma bird needing it for the baby bird, telling her that santa had to borrow it so he could make the babies more. The one thing that finally got it away from her was we left a friends home one night and she fell asleep in the car, when she woke up the next morning she wanted the"niny" I told her their puppy got it, after that she was fine:)

  • You cannot wean them off the pacifier. Just take it away from them or give them a sippy cup. They will stop crying eventually. I just took my daughter's away from her. They start to look infantile and too old for the thing when they are going into the three year old stage. I also like Marina's suggestion.

  • Try leaving it for the Easter Bunny , we left my son's for Santa .. All age depending ect..

  • My cousin's baby had a pacifier until almost 4 what they finally did was cut a little piece off bit by bit then she eventually didn't want it anymore. Good luck!

  • I had a family who I used to nanny for before they had to move and there little one would freak out if he had to go more than 5 minutes without his pacifier. The way I was able to get him away from it was to tell him that he could be a big boy and get rid of them himself before his mommy and daddy took them from him. I turned it into a scavenger hunt. We searched the entire house for all his pacifiers and them we threw them away and watched the garbage man take them off.

  • I'd have to agree with many of the methods posted above. As a mom, the paci meant more to me than to my daughter. As it turned out, it was my fear of letting go that was the problem-- I didn't want to be inconvenienced or to "traumatize" my child. WRONG!! As adults/parents WE KNOW what is best for our children; they only know what they WANT. As a nanny and a mother, I have used the method of using the paci only at sleep times. Your small child WILL cry and complain about this throughout the day, but as the parent it is important to have PATIENCE and REDIRECT your child. During this weaning process you may not get done the things you want-to-get-done because you will need to play with your child and keep him occupied during waking hours. Once the paci was only given during sleep times and this was routine for our daughter, we told her in the morning one day that she was a big girl now and the paci was no longer needed (this would be a great opportunity to use the binky fairy or throw away party strategy) and we had her go on a scavenger hunt to find all of her pacis and throw them away. She whined about it around nap time for about 3 minutes and that was it! Done! We never heard about them again!

  • Taking the pacis to the doctor's office and let your child give them to the newborn babies to use, worked. Took a whole batch in a zip-loc bag and let the 2+ yr old hand them over to the nurse or doctor. Love some of the other ideas presented here. What a great help!

  • If it isn't interfering with speech, play or social activities then I don't believe there would be anything wrong with it. It gives them great comfort especially at naptime/bedtime. Try a snuggly toy or blanket throughout their when sitting with them or keeping those items by them while they are eating and even taking with when they leave home to also provide comfort. Eventually it will fade out as they get older when they play with other children who do not have binkies. They will know they are becoming big girls and big boys who do not need their binkies anymore.

  • Start off they can only have it in their crib or bed, if they think they need it they have to get in it.

  • Alot of these kids uses a pacifier for security or comfort. You can give them something else to replace it such as a favorite teddy bear or a small blanket to hold when they go to cuddle or sleep. This worked for alot kids i babysat for in the pass years.

  • Try the Paci Fairy technique. Tell your child the Paci Fairy is coming tonight and that she gives big girl/boy toys to children who give her their pacis for babies who need them more. Explain that they're a big boy/girl and there are babies who need the paci more. It works wonders! Make sure to give them a special present the next morning from the Paci Fairy!

  • Have them put in plastic bag. Have them throw it in the dumpster. when they ask just say that they threw away.. they will be fine.

  • How needs a babysitter I'm free any time.

  • I believe the best way to take the pacifier has to be done with love and in a delicate way, because you are taking his or her security.... so to do that, you need to replace it with another security and that could be: maybe a soft blanket, a favorite toy, a nice musical toy which will make them relax and puts them to sleep if it's a bed time. If It's a day time, you can give them something to bite on it, depend on their age... maybe an apple, a pear etc. I hope this helps!

  • In our case, my son started chewing on his pacifier when he wasn't sucking on it. Once a child is more than a year old they have teeth. Enough teeth to do damage. I showed my son his pacifier (with the tiny hole in it) and told him every time he "ruined" a pacifier by biting on it then we would have to throw it away. At first he didn't seem to mind (because he had several) but one by one they disappeared and when he asked for it, I reminded him that he had "chewed it up". In our case, he never questioned this logic and within a couple of weeks all the pacifiers were gone. He never cried or asked me to buy him a new one. Maybe we were lucky? I think he was just ready to give it up and needed a little help. Good luck. :)

  • No matter what you choose, be consistant with your choice. Do not confuse the child .

  • Start administering liquid medicine using the pacifier via a tiny hole poked with a sterile safety pin (or similar). The child will associate the pacifier with the nasty medicine, and will no longer want it.

  • Put it on a shelf, but reassure them they can have it back at nap time & bed time. This actually helps them go to sleep faster because they're so happy about getting to have their pacifier back when they lay down!

  • My children did not have pacifiers,but I would not take them away.I am sure they would stop using on their own.

  • The Paci-Fairy worked for us! It was a sad couple of weeks after the Fairy came for the binkys, but she left my little one a 'big girl' Barbie and her very own umbrella with a nice card thanking her for giving her binkys to the babies that needed them.

  • I have asked the child to take the pacifier where ever they want all day but don't put in their mouths. After a day of taking the pacifier all over but not using it they got tired of doing it and left it and never went back for it. Was kind of like a dare. I said nicely you can take the binky with you all day but I bet you can't not put it in your mouth. Or like the binky fairy above we have told the child a new baby lives near by and needs binkies so we are gonna give ours back for the new baby.

  • Cut the tip off..they will not find it as satisfying and will usually give it up themselves

  • Poke holes in the tip of the binky. They hate it and will not want it anymore.

  • I would give my son his Pacifier only at nap time and bedtime. And I sat him down and spoke to him about how big kids can't take their "Passy" to school and how big boys don't have a "Passy" and how after his birthday party that "passy" will be going bye bye. He took the change great and didn't even miss his "Passy" going on with his new title of a "Big Boy".

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