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Givin' up the Binky...


Anyone have any advice on getting their little one to give up their pacifier? We've tried twice, and I really want him to give it up before he turns 3. I've tried cold turkey, and that was a disaster. Thanks!

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Chellard Chellard 7 years 18 weeks
I'm still working on a better way. My oldest gave it up on his own, dwindled down usage at 2 to only bedtime/naptime and by 3 he was fully potty trained day and night and gave up his binky. My middle son is giving me a hell of a time, though. It's harder to get rid of because the baby gets a paci, so he just steals the paci's from the baby.
CatarinaBella521 CatarinaBella521 7 years 21 weeks
I poked a hole in it and he kept taking it out and looking at it then said 'Yuck it's broken' and tossed it out...I just had to make sure to steer clear of the pacifier section of the supermarket for a while after that...good luck!
Luxury-Diva Luxury-Diva 7 years 21 weeks
Good Luck Girl!!
Schaianne Schaianne 7 years 22 weeks
My nephew "gave" his away. I think we (I helped raise him) did his Binky around Easter and his bottle at Christmas time ... it worked great!
sofi sofi 7 years 22 weeks
If they are already close to three, that is hard. Only my son had a binky- at one year I took it away and it wasn't bad. Also, poke a hole in it (instead of cutting it) so the kid "thinks" it looks normal but just doesn't work for him anymore. If he is close to three- I wouldn't be above bribing him with a brand new toy. 3 year olds need to start going to the dentist and the doc won't like the binky issue. Hope it hasn't hindered his language development. Good luck- I have to say my son was easy but I hesitated for several months out of fear of meltdowns, but you just have to do it. Now, my daughter is another issue- 2 years old, never wanted a binky but just her thumb. You can throw away a binky- what or when should I worry about a thumb sucker?????
rgrl rgrl 7 years 23 weeks
I heard of people who tell their child that a new baby (maybe one they know) needs a binky and they pack it and mail it to this baby, it is sort of like a process you can do together, maybe your child can include a drawing he/she made and you can go to the post office and mail it together. If the child has a choice, they may feel a bit better about parting with it. It probably doesn't always work, but worth a shot, can't be worse than just throwing it out suddenly. Good luck!
bluesuze bluesuze 7 years 23 weeks
Thanks everyone! Wish me luck..
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 7 years 24 weeks
Cutting off the sucky bit worked for my daughter who was totally addicted to her pacifier.
vmruby vmruby 7 years 24 weeks
I totally agree with Jennifer76 .I took it away from my daughter by the time she was a year old and threw it out. She really wasn't too much of a binky lover to begin with anyway, so it made it much easier for me.I immediately introduced her to a sippy cup and within a few days the binky was all but forgotten.Stick to your guns and don't give in. It's tough but you'll get through it!Good Luck!
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years 24 weeks
Shoulda mentioned that its the way I did it with my first, too.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 7 years 24 weeks
thats the way my mom did it with my little sister(12 years younger than me)...i remember her crying and crying and my mom just told her if you can find one you can have it...and like 2 days of this nonsence then she quit asking for her Binky, she was 2 when she stopped.. I think it only gets harder the longer you let them have it!
jennifer76 jennifer76 7 years 24 weeks
It's a disaster if you give in and give it back. Take it away and throw it away and do not give in. It will be harder than it should be, since your child already expects that if they raise enough hell they'll win. But, he will get over it. I've heard some people cut the sucker part off in stages and eventually, there's nothing left and the child doesn't want it anymore. I've heard other people cut the sucker part off completely and the child doesn't want it anymore. I think cold turkey works. But, you can't give in. I know it sucks when your baby is upset, but all you can do is cuddle them and love them and do what is best for them.