What is your experience...

Posted by Jenna | Monday, February 01, 2010

....with kids and pacifiers? Our 27 month old daughter only has her pacifier at naptime and at night time, however is still very attached to it even then. As a baby it was a lifesaver at times, but now at 2 years old I know she doesn't need it anymore.

I have been wanting to get rid of it for quite some time, but all within a matter of a few months we were potty training, moving from the crib to a 'big girl bed' and had our son Kaden. That was a lot of change for her, and I didn't want to add one more big thing on top of everything else. Now though, things are beginning to settle down a bit, and our daily routine is getting back to normal. It has got me thinking about the pacifier again, and my desire to get rid of it for good.

What are your experiences with having to wean a child from the pacifier? I know there are many ways of doing this and would love to hear at what age you took the pacifier away and how you went about doing it.

  1. Jessica February 1, 2010 at 12:24 PM  

    My son would never take a pacifier. I'm thankful for that now since I don't have to wean him from it. But, I imagine weaning from the pacifier is similar to weaning from bottle to sippy. I used the cold turkey method with that. Just stopped offering him bottles. It might suck a bit for the first few days, but after those first few days she'll probably have forgotten that her pacifier ever existed.

  2. Anonymous February 1, 2010 at 1:20 PM  

    My daughter used hers til she was 2 one day I just told her that she was a big girl and didnt need it I threw themn away and she helped. She cried for a about 2 nights when it was time for bed then realized she didnt need and and never asked again!

  3. Jackie at 3littleones February 1, 2010 at 2:59 PM  

    My son and daughter used theirs until a little over a year. I took it away from them cold turkey shortly after their 1st birthday and they did fine. When I took them away, they were hidden so they couldn't see them (b/c I always noticed w/ my kids that it was when they saw the paci that they wanted it). I kept them in a closet in case they were hysterical and really needed it, but with both, within a day, they were fine. There may have been a little more crying that first day, but then it was back to normal :) Good luck!!!

  4. That one girl February 1, 2010 at 4:31 PM  

    Sawyer just kept spitting his out one day. I tried to push them back in because he was just a few months old and I thought him not having a pacifier meant he wasn't a baby and then realized, wait, he is making life easier for me down the road. So, that was it. He never saw them again.

    At two, I would just take them all away. WIthin a few days, she will forget all about them, maybe even use her fingers instead. But, I don't have any experience with a two year old, that i just what I would try.

  5. Michelle February 1, 2010 at 4:36 PM  

    We got rid of Keagan's when he was 9 months old. I figured it would be easiest then because he wouldn't be able to TELL me he wanted it or be mad at me when I wouldn't give it to him. We did it cold turkey, just took it away and never gave it to him again. The first few nights took a while getting him to sleep, but after that it's been smooth sailing!

  6. thaeter7 February 1, 2010 at 7:40 PM  

    a friend said that when the time came to get rid of the soother,they bought a balloon and tied the soother to it and told their daughter that the babies in heaven needed it more than she did
    She gave it up without a fuss.

  7. Laura February 1, 2010 at 8:02 PM  

    My daughter didn't go much of her first 6 months without a pacifier in her mouth, but around 6 or 7 months old.. she just wasn't interested in it anymore. I think a lot of her teeth started coming in and just didn't feel the same to her anymore. So, I got lucky with that.

    But I would agree with some of the others- try cold turkey. Definitely hide them away though. If your daughter gets upset without her pacifier, try any and all distractions.. favorite toys, singing, making faces, reading stories, hugs and kisses.. I'm betting she will forget about the pacifier really quickly. (Btw, she is very cute!)

  8. jennymartin116 February 2, 2010 at 12:22 PM  

    Both of my children had pacifiers for a long time! My daughter until she was 2 1/2 and my son until he was 3. For both of them we had the "Bibi Fairy" come to visit. They would gather up all their pacifiers and put them by their bed. The next morning they would have a small toy. For my daughter she got a My Little Pony...and got a small toy at her grandmother's house--in the drawer the Bibi's were stored! For my son--we really Hyped it up and told him he could get this cool helicopter he had been wanting---and then there was a little helicopter in the drawer at Marmee's house too! This really worked out well for us!

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