My daughter was able to throw hers in the garbage, we took a picture of her actually, she was really proud of the picture. I have also heard that if you cut the tip of it, in tiny clips, day by day do this, until eventually there will be nothing left for her to suck on. We never tried this but it may work. Good luck! (01/18/2006)
My kids are thumb suckers, not pacifier users, but I've heard that by poking a hole in the "sucking" end of the pacifier and releasing the air out works. This supposedly takes the cushion out of the pacifier which then makes it not so pleasurable. Don't know if it will work, but it's worth a try.
My little girl actually went to visit a dentist with her brother. The dentist just glanced at her teeth and told her that she would end up needing braces. Two days later she said was a big girl and didn't need them anymore. She wanted us to wrap them up and give them to Santa to "take for another little baby boy or girl." To this day, she hasn't wanted one anymore. (01/18/2006)
My husband and I went away for the weekend and had packed the pacifier in our toddler's bag. We told the babysitter where it was but she never used it. That's how our daughter was broken. (01/18/2006)
I had 2 pacifier users. For both, I started restricting pacifier to bed only, night and naps. After a month or two, I cut a hole in the pacifier. With child #2, she tried sucking it, didn't like it & gave it up in 2 days. With child #3 she didn't seem to mind the hole at all and kept putting it in her mouth but w/ the sucking action gone, I was able to take it away in a week or so. (01/18/2006)
P.S. I didn't try to take the pacifier away from mine until they were 2.5/3 years old (so I guess I kept it to bed only for awhile longer than a few months). I didn't want to stress them out even more during potty training. (01/18/2006)
My son was totally addicted to his pacifier. He took it everywhere! At 18 months we switched daycare from a woman's home to a daycare center. They didn't want to mess with keeping track of his pacifier (& for sanitary reasons) so they asked us to wean him from it. They gave us a month to get it done. We let him take it to daycare the first week, then we asked him to leave it in the car the second week so it would be there for him when we picked him up. The third week we asked him to leave it on the dining room table by the front door. The fourth week we asked him to leave it in his bed and only use it at night. It made the big break much easier because his "use" time was drastically reduced. (01/18/2006)
By Cheryl from Missouri
We waited until the children had a cold. It is hard to suck at that time so giving it up is much easier.
Love & Prayers,
Have her watch Peter Pan. Then when the pacifier is laying around and she doesn't see, take the pacifier away. Maybe after she is sleeping. Later explain that the Lost Boys were crying for their mommies and Peter Pan went looking for pacifiers, and that now the lost boys have pacifiers and are happy now. This worked for my 4 year old. It also works well for balloons that get away, they go to Neverland. You can make up stories about the mermaids and pirates enjoying all these lost items and they can imagine it too. Good Luck! (04/16/2007)
By trista E
All the above suggestions work on children not of the stubborn variety. I have two grandchildren that sucked on pacifiers even with holes in them. So with my son's permission, I took an old one and placed a tiny drop of hot sauce on the tip every time they screamed for it. Yes the hot sauce upset them more. But they did eventually not want the binkies anymore. They eventually were scared of the burning and threw them in the trash themselves. (04/05/2008)
By mean grandmama
As soon as both my children got their first tooth I threw their pacifiers away...end of story. I didn't give in to the crying and eventually they stopped. As the parent you have to make up your mind that you are going to win that battle and not give in to them. For me it was easy because I didn't want to deal with the dental bills. Plus when they are young it seems to be over quicker than for people I have known that waited until they were older. Be strong, you are the parent after all. Good luck! (02/03/2009)
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