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Tips For Giving Up the Pacifier

Tips For Giving Up the Pacifier For Good

Breaking up with binky is hard to do. There are infinite ways to quit the pacifier, and everybody has an opinion. While some doctors urge parents to get rid of the suckers by a certain age for dental and language reasons, others are more lenient. Regardless of how you decide to wean your tot from the paci, there will be good days and bad. Here are some techniques mamas have used.

  • A visit from the pacifier fairy. Have the pacifier fairy visit your home to collect the suckers for lil boys and girls who need them. Like the tooth fairy, this one leaves a gift as a thank you.
  • Make it unusable. Cut the silicone nipple vertically in half. Your tot's tongue won't like the feeling as much as the original.
  • Give it to the baby animals. At Stockholm's Skansen Zoo, wee ones donate their old pacifiers to the new baby animals and the binkies are hung from trees in the children's zoo.
  • Change the rules. Start curtailing the places the pacifier can be used until it becomes inconvenient for your lil one to use it.
  • Trade up. Offer for your child to trade in his paci for a coveted new toy or video.
  • Go cold turkey. Simply take away the pacifier one night and toss it.
  • Lose it. Next time you are searching frantically for the pacifier, simply give up and say that it is lost and can't be replaced.

Source: Flickr User April Roberts

Anne-Carter Anne-Carter 7 years
I saw this book on and tried it “The Paci Fairy” by Melissa Burnett. It worked! Problem solved and I highly recommend it! She also has a really cute website too
shannonkay shannonkay 8 years
I used to work at Disneyland, and I've seen a fair amount of kids give up their pacifiers to a character, especially princesses.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
binky fairy, lol. never heard of that. mine all just got tired of them. the first 2 well before a year and the 3rd at about 18 months (i think). my mom said she just never replaced mine (i was 2) and eventually it got so gross i gave up :sick:
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
My daughter didn't use a pacifier longer than a month when she was a baby, but my little sister had one until she was three. My mom bought her this book called The Last Noo Noo, and it's about this little boy/monster who is being pressured to give up his "noo noo". Eventually, he decides to give it up, but plants his last one in the ground in case he wants to start using it again, and it grows into a noo noo tree. My sister decided she would plant her last pacifier in the ground, and if it grew into a tree, she would start to use them again.
miamixo miamixo 8 years
That picture of pacifers is too cute.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 8 years
Luckily my daughter has never liked a pacifier. When she was a few months old, and was a baby that liked to nurse ALL of the time, I tried one, and really hoped then that she would like one, but she never did. I tried every pacifier on the market! But these are all good tips (especially Anon # 2's tip, putting it in a Build A Bear! Love it!) and I will keep them in mind if the second one likes them!
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
My daughter was crazy for pacifiers. She was hinding them under her stomacth when she was 3 months old. when she lost it a 3yrs old I did not buy another to replace it.
NyckieRocks NyckieRocks 8 years
When is a child "too old" for a pacifier? My son is 15 months old and we still give one to him when he goes to sleep at night and at nap time. Is he too young to understand something like the "binkie fairy"? Because I'd love to try something like that. And really, I'm just too chicken to just take it away. lol We have definitely "lost" some and thrown them away so our stock has went from 10 or so to 3, so I'm proud of myself for that. Maybe I'll try cutting one of them and see how that goes.
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