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How to Get Rid of the Pacifier

My daughter was a pacifier JUNKIE.  It really solved just about any problem for her.  She loved having one in the car, and when it came to going to bed, she liked having three.  One in her mouth and one for each hand.  Die hard.

President of the “I Love My Binky” Fan Club


I wasn’t too thrilled to get rid of it.  She was two, and I could tell we were nearing the end, but it just made her feel so…relaxed.  She didn’t have a bear or a blanket or anything else special for bed, just her binky.  Our pediatrician told me not to worry about it until after my son was born, but I was starting to gear up for the removal process.  Here are some of the different concepts I played around with…

The Pacifier Fairy from Tiny Playground

Cold Turkey from eHow Mom

Putting the Pacifier into a Build-A-Bear from A Mom’s Balancing Act

Cutting the Pacifier by StorkNet

Binky is Cash by Parenting Tips 365

Poke a Small Hole in the Pacifier by Livestrong.com

The pacifier obsession ended unexpectedly for us when our adventurous President of the Binky Fan Club leapt from her crib in an effort to shorten her nap time, resulting in a slashing of her lip that required emergency plastic surgery.  Stitches from the inside of her mouth up to her nose made for an instant no binky night, and we never looked back.  Not exactly the cold turkey I had in mind, but it did take care of it.

How did you ditch the pacifier?

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  1. StaceyL 01/06/2014 at 12:23 pm

    We started off with what felt like a gazillion paci’s, but once my daughter started pre-school at 18mo, we started talking about the end of paci’s. Every time she chewed through another one, we would discuss that when they were, gone, they were gone, and no more purchased. She finally chewed her last one at school, and she was very matter-of-fact about how she chewed through it and that we were all done. It all was very quiet, no drama, and I was pleasantly surprised!

  2. Dee 06/18/2012 at 1:59 pm

    We tried lots of things including wrapping them up for Santa to bring to other kids, cutting the end, but what finally worked was when our dog destroyed the very last one in the house. We came home to find it in the middle of the living room. My son saw it and he was upset, but what was done was done. We refused to replace it and he accepted that because we didn’t do it, our dog did.

  3. The Atomic mom 06/15/2012 at 9:59 am

    One evening the paci got left at Grandma’s house. We did fine with out it. A few days later we got home from vay-cay and Son dropped it on the floor — this was his last paci as well, and I kept telling him I was not going to buy any more. Anyway, I just picked it up and never gave it back to him. When he asked for it, I just said it was lost. He was totally fine with that too! So at age 3 years 4 months he was pacifier free — which is good, because with a new born it was hard keeping all the pacis sorted out.