Post # 1
I nanny for my nieces, who are 3 years and 19 months. The younger one LOVES her paci and all of us (me and my brother and sister in law) want to cut her off her habit. So I thought I’d come ask the Bees for any tips or tricks for getting rid of the paci! Obviously, I want it to be an easy transition as possible without everyone losing sleep, lol. When she’s with me, she only has it for nap and nighttime, but I think my brother and sis in law give it to her more often.
What has been your experience with cutting out the pacifier?
Post # 3
Just taking it away… she’ll likely only really cry for it the first day, MAYBE the second.. but if it’s removed and NOT brought back she should transition just fine… IF someone gives in and gives it back to her when she cries it will prolong the issue and cause more “trauma” and problems for her as well.
Kids are really great at being “trained” and generally only take 3 days to learn a totally new thing/schedule so making the change now will be the easiest on all.. 😉
Post # 4
We did a “paci fairy”. We had someone that she didn’t know dress up like a fairy and bring a present. But she had to go around and collect all her pacifier for the fairy before she could get her present. It was explained to her before that the paci fairy comes to big girls when they dont need their pacis anymore and we asked her what she wanted. (she was 2)
Post # 5
I was told that if you take a paci and cut the tip of it off and give it to them that they will try to use it for awhile but since they can’t really suck on it they will give it up on their own after a few days. I haven’t tried this with my son yet because he has been since the past week or so (just when I was about to try potty training and looing the paci) but I plan to try this once he gets better and doesn’t need the comfort from it.
Post # 6
I agree that everyone must be on the same page. You can get the child ready by making the transition on a special day and do a fairy thing or whatever, but the main thing I think is that it has to go away and be gone…all pacifiers in the garbage, gone, done, never to return ever. By the end of the weekend the issue will be over.
Post # 7
@bride21: That absolutely works. My Dirty Delete had it until she was almost 3! Everyone said “You’ve ruined her now, she’ll never give it up.”
All I did was cut a little bit off each day when she wasn’t looking. She didn’t once cry because I wasn’t taking it away, she just no longer got any satisfaction out of using it. After 4 days she abandoned it altogether tear/sleepless nights-free.
Post # 8
Yep cut off the end. My first child is on the way but have worked in day care and that is how many parents got rid of those things.
Post # 9
A friend of mine started by putting pin holes into the pacifier. A little more each day, then she started making cuts in it, and eventually her daughter gave it up herself. Sounded brilliant.
Post # 10
With both of my girls a little before their first birthday we started only letting them have it at sleep times and then we took it away cold turkey at a year. We honestly could not find a pacifier one day for my youngest and told her they were all gone. She missed it at her nap, but the next day was over it.
Post # 11
The cutting the pacifier seems like a neat strategy (I’d never heard of that before) but beyond that, I’d say you just have to go cold turkey. Take them all away and don’t give in to the urge to give them back, not once. Within a day or two, they won’t be missed.
Post # 12
I have heard great things about the Paci Fairy. A mom I know gives her kids warnings a few months before their birthday..”now when you turn two, the paci fairy is going to come and you will get to say good bye and the paci’s will go with the fairy so other children can have them’. Either they can be tied to balloons and sent up in the sky (not so great for the earth, but still) or you can take them in the night like the tooth fairy and throw them away.
Post # 13
I just took our daughters when she was sleeping. She didn’t search or fuss when we said we didn’t know where it was…
With my son…. we told him the “gremlins” took it. He accepted that and didn’t annoy us for another, lol.
Different kids, different methods.
Post # 14
Any of these sound great. The biggest thing is to have everyone on the same page and to stick to it! I took the paci away from my little nephew when he was with me for a week. Cold turkey, he was just fine. I text his caregivers to let him know to search the house to have the rest of them disappear.
They thought they’d succeeded, until one day back home he crawled under his bed to look for a toy and exclaimed “OH BABY, you’re back in my life!!!” Lol! Thankfully they explained that pacis were done, and he had to throw it away. Crisis averted. 🙂
Post # 15
Thanks for all the tips everyone! I think I’m going to try the cutting off the tip method. I just need to get my brother and sister in law to stick to it with me! lol.
Post # 16
@indibee: That’s exactly what I’m going to do. I have my nieces for a week at the end of this month, so I’m going to take it away then. Hopefully everything will go smoothly and we can get rid of this darn paci once and for all. 🙂