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How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

I think my son is getting a little old for his pacifier. How can I wean him off of it?

Re: I think my son is getting a little old for his pacifier. How can I wean him off of it?

The Bump Expert

It’s perfectly normal for a toddler to crave the security that comes from a pacifier. There’s no confirmed reason to rush him -- and there will most likely be many tears involved with weaning him from it. But, in addition to social reasons, here’s some additional motivation: When a toddler has a pacifier in his mouth, he’s less likely to verbally communicate his needs, which can lead to more (unnecessary!) temper tantrums.

The best way to wean your toddler off a pacifier is to take it slowly. Start by keeping one pacifier in his crib or bed and one in his car seat, where they will each stay. And don’t make him feel that leaving the pacifier in those places is punishment; just tell him those are each pacifier’s homes. After a few weeks, remove the pacifier from the car seat, but let him keep the one in his bed -- at least for a while. Eventually he may decide on his own that he no longer needs it.

The Bump Editors

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

I am just now pregnant with our first child, however, My sister had a really hard time trying to break my niece from her "pappie" as we called it. We cut just the slight tip off the pappie, and a little more each week. after about the second or third week, she would not have anything to do with it. I don't really know what it was she didn't like, but it worked like a charm!

bbandt |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

We had pacifiers all around our home and after we had lost all but one, I told my daughter"this is the last one, once it is lost, Mommy will not buy anymore. Well it worked she whined for a few nights but after that no problem. But she still sleeps with her blanky. I will not be taking that away anytime soon. I feel they need to keep something for security.

Toddler101 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

I just fought this battle a couple of weeks ago and I did take it away all at once. We had a "ceremony" where he said "bye bye popper" as he (not me) threw them in the trash. He sucked on each one before throwing it away. I have found that my son does much better when he can say "bye bye" to things. The first night was terrible, but I comforted him to make sure he didn't think that he did anthing wrong. Whenever he brought it up the next couple of days I would remind him that we said "bye bye."

aethomas05 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

I am a toddler teacher at a private preschool. When it comes time that the parents wish their toddler would get rid of the "pacy" as we call them, we just go cold turkey. Typically, as long as they do not see them at all the don't have too much trouble, they whine a little the first couple times they go to sleep without it.

nakers4 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

I agree with Toddler101. We did the same EXACT thing!! She cried for a good 45 minutes the first night w/o it but after that there was little to no whining before she finally just stopped asking for it/wanting it at all!

SmithMomma2 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

With our daughter, we decided to wean her down to naps and nighttime only. After a couple weeks we just went cold turkey. It was fine. She hardly noticed it was gone. It seemed that we were the ones that were addicted to it, not our daughter. It showed us she really didnt need it anymore and I wish we had tried it sooner!!

HollyOhara |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

I just took my son's away when he wasn't using it one day. He was about 16-18 months. I kept it around in case he was too incredibly intolerable but it never happened. I feel its best to take it away early rather than later because the are less likely to notice. Also this works with bottles too my son was off bottles and using sipper cups by 1 year.

sjringel |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

if any of you have ever heard of the show "Supernanny" google her. she uses the "binky fairy" to get rid of the binky cold turkey style.... but its really creative and fun.... the binky fairy comes to visit and take all of the binkys to give them to new babies that really need them. basically the "binky fairy" comes to visit with a net and the child finds all of the binkys in the house and puts then in the fairys net. at night the binky fairy leaves to take the binkys to the babys but leaves a little reward for helping her.... its a really cute concept!

montanaAFpirate |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

At 12 months, we limited the binky to naps and night time. We let him keep it for another year (sheesh! I know...). Instead of taking it away ourselves or making up a story, I let HIM make the decision to let it go. I had him gather all the binkies around the house, out of the baby bag, etc. himself and put them in a ziploc (so he could see them). I told him that he could have a new little train (his obsession at the time) if he wanted to throw away his binkies. I explained the finality of throwing them away and let him put it in the dumpster outside, all on his own. He accepted the train - and when he whined at bed time (only for 2 nights!) I reminded him that he did it himself, but that he got a great prize for it instead. He keeps a stuffed animal for security still, but at least his teeth aren't so bucky anymore!

narak44 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

At about 18 months, we told our daughter that binkys are only for nap time and nite nite. When she got up in the morning, binky went to its "daytime spot" and she's the one who took it out and put it there instead of us. About a week or 2 before her 2nd birthday, we told her that 2-year-olds aren't allowed to have binkys...4 days before her birthday, she stopped asking for it at nite nite! I couldn't believe it! Could just be a coincidence, but I like to think she actually listened. :)

mrswinter33 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

When our daughter was 2 years old we had our second daughter. We moved and trying potty training again. I did not want to take the only security she had. It took us 6 months later to try to get rid of the pacifier. While she was playing in her play room i gathered all off the pacifiers and put them in a bag and put them in a drawer that she could not open in the kitchen for our second daughter if she ever needed one. I told our oldest daughter when it was nap time and she asked for them that the birds took them. She went to sleep with no problem but when we went outside after nap she yelled at the birds to bring them back. That was the only day that she said anything about them, she never asked for them again. A little weird but it worked! Our daughter is too smart for my good had to come up with something different!

Quebeng81 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

The day after my son's second birthday we told him that we gave all of his "boobooyeah's" (as he calls his binky) to Elmo to give to other babies that needed them more. He was pretty upset with Elmo for a couple of days, but got over it. He only asked for it in the middle of the night for the first week. Other than that it was smooth sailing! I also had a friend who tied the binky to the birthday balloons and told the little boy to say bye and let them go. He also, only asked for it for about a week.

ashleycrum85 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

We are about to have our 2nd, so we decided to transition before the baby comes. We weened down to just at nap and bed time and then went cold turkey. He decided to give them all to "baby cheeseburger" (as he calls the new baby) and after they were all gone he had a rough few nights and then we were fine. Much like another parent or two, it turns out that we were more addicted to them than he was. We will still wish that he had one during meltdowns or rough times, but he always makes it through, and so do Mom and Dad!

randktracy |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

I really feel the best way is to just get rid of it all at once! They might whine or cry the first few nights but they WILL get over it I promise.

MandaNic2005 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

My son is 18 months, and has always just done things when he's ready. At 9 months he stopped eating baby food, and would only eat "grown up"fiood. The week he turned 1, he just didnt want a bottle anymore, so we're hoping he will be the same with a bink. he seems to see them more as toys at this point, so we're hoping that in a little time, he will be done with them. We're going to be putting him a toddler bed soon to make room for a new baby, so i dont want to take it from him until after that. i like Supernanny's idea of the "bink fairy" so if worse comes to worse, i'm going to try that. i think it would be a good way to try it.

ljgrove |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

This is funny i have 30 month old were i just recently took his paci away from him about 2 months ago. first me and my husband used to hide them from him but my son would always find new ones that he used to hide around the house. and now since he liked biting and chewing on them and ripping off the nipple, i just decided to throw them all away. and don't get me wrong it took a couple of weeks that he kept asking for them so i kept one that he ripped off the nipple. and as soon as he seen it he didn't want them anymore. and that was it. so now he likes to chew on straws.

lisawarrick79 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

Snip the tops with scissors . My daughter would throw the broken ones away and she was okay with it. Much easier than I thought .

Mshapiro |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

we thought my daughter would have her bink for the rest of her life (ok alittle over dramatic here but you get the point) I found out i was pregnant in August so we wanted to get her a big girl bed and do the transition before baby came... so we made a deal with her she could sleep either in the big girl bed without her bink or she could sleep in the crib with her bink....that night she slept in her big girl bed for the 1st time and she hasnt asked for her bink since....

slaponsie04 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

It depends on your kid my kids were perfectly happy to give the pacifier to a new baby that needed them and not another word was said. My cousin was having a baby and we told them as my daughters are only 18 months apart my older one got away with keeping hers longer that the new baby needed there pacifiers to use and they were so happy that the new baby wanted them they never said another word about it. I am also a preschool teacher so I know all kids won't go for that I have seen parents at school cut the tip of them a little more each day to the point that it stays in the kids cubby all day or even leaves it at school at the end of the day

efrye85 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

I agree. We have a 2.5 yo son and he whined his head off last night since his second to last paci went in the garbage. I can't stand the whining but I think weaning him off as some of the other ladies have put will work better than a cold turkey method. It's too shocking I think.

CherylAnne79 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

My son was about 14 months old when we took away his Paci. One morning we took them all away and never looked back. The first couple of days were tough but by day four the Paci was long forgotten. My opinion get rid of it early and just stick with it, distraction is always a wonderful thing. When he would whine for it we would give him "bananas" (one of those little square blankets with the stuffed animal attached to the middle, in his case a Monkey). It was his other security item that at 18 months he still sleeps with happily in his toddler bed. :0)

DRuzz |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

I have not yet weaned my son of the pacifier and am worried to. He only gets it during naps and bedtime but lately he wants it all the time. He at times, is really good with giving it to me when I ask but I would like to get him off the paci by the time he is 2.

bri2131 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

I took my daughter's pacifier away from her probably about when she was 18 months old. She got used to it eventually.

JesFeather |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

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cheapflights |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

Shortly after my son turned a year old, i just stopped giving his pacifier to him. He would always go to sleep with it, but spit it out during the night. One morning I just didn't give it to him and he never seemed to notice. Also, it helped that he had all of his new birthday toys to distract him.

mommy510 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

We took our then 2-year old to build-a-bear amd stuffed the "t" in the bears belly!! Now he sleeps with "T-Bear" everynight...no tears at all!! :)

jennfortune |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

I was lucky! My son never took to one.

Lemles5 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

Our daughter loved her pacifier.She wanted it in her hand and ready for chewing at all times.To break the habit, we only let her have it before bed to comfort her.One night she fell asleep without it and never asked for it again.

csperez |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

just take the pacifier away yeah they will cry for a few day but the longer you wait the harder it is

sierra flora |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

I told myself that by the time my son turned 18 months there would be NO MORE pacifier. I was adamate about this because I felt that he relied on it so much that he didn't want to talk and use the words he had. This was no easy feat. It took about two weeks. The first week we only gave it to him at nap time and bedtime and sometimes caved if he was really irritable but that only happened twice. The second week there was a lot of crying...a great deal of early mornings and not going back to sleep and he'd just look at me with those big eyes as if I had stolen he favorite ducky! I'm not sure if it was harder for me (hated to see him so updset) or him but after a solid week of not having it, he never looked for it again. It was a tough week but worth it! Ethan turned 19 months today and he has a vocab of about 30 words and trying to say more each day! It's so amazing and awesome and hilarious!!! I just love it!

Nikkijanene |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

I just weaned my baby a few weeks ago (at 19 months then) we stopped giving it to her for the day for a few weeks before we cut out night time - day was much easier. Then one night I just told her it was gone, no more 'pap' and it was a rough few nights of crying and comforting, but after a couple days she was past it!

aevan |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

In England we call them dummies and many children love them. It is a hard thing to get a child to " ditch thier dummy" and you are going to need to work hard at it. No one wants to see thier child growing up with one in thier mouth but on the other hand no one wants to see thier child screaming the place down either. DLE

sera1aaa |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

I found it easier to quick cold turkey with daughter. After we lost our last one, I swore not buy anymore or spend anytime trying to find them. Instead I took the time to get her to react with me and eek comfort in other things. Took sometime but was worth it. Not even two yet and still no "nippie". It may not the best plan for your child, since each different. My next one ill probably have to do something else. But with my daughter is worked great.nthe worst of it lasted barely a week. Seemed like forever, but was really a lot shorter once we got her forget about.:)

Natacreatedartist |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

We had our daughter giver her sucky to the infant room at daycare. She was all excited about it.... we the nwent to the store and bought her mickey figurine. That night was a different story, she got tired andasked for it. I reminded her that she gave it to the babies. She cried for a few minutesbut I reminded her that she now has Mickey. She never asked for it again.... going to bed I found she was a bit lost on how to settle and relax.... it took a week of her calling for us to rub her back...but after a week she was back to her sleepy self... talk about getting rid of it for a few weeks before you do it.

Ajax813 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

Why "wean"? Just let them know that they are a big boy now and dont need it. I dont think it does permanent damage and this is what we did with my daughter right after she turned 9 months. I thought it was best to take it away before she got old enough to throw too bad of a fit. I dont hear any teenagers or adults that are still angry their parents took their pacifiers. lol Good luck!

sford1113 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

My boyfriend was very adamant about taking our son off of his pacifier. He is 2 years old and we have another one on the way. plus we are trying to potty train. He napped without it one day and slept over night without it.......so we stopped giving it to him, and when he asked for it we said no big boys dont use "binkys" and he eventually stopped asking for it.....We feel accomplished!

BrianaSimons |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

My sister is expecting a baby in about a month. So I have been pointing out to my 18 month old all the "little babies" that have binkys, Once this new baby is born we will be "gifting" him all our old binkys. This way he will know who has it and gets to be excited about giving a gift to his new cousin!

mobraniff |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

I decided to just go cold turkey with my daughter. I let daycare know that and i just found out that they have been still giving it to her. I was so livid, because I was doing all of the hard work at home and they are just like "here you go Izzy, now take your nap!" They said that today she struggled at nap time but eventually fell asleep, and at night she doesn't get it, so she throw about 10 mins or else which is a lot better from last week.

lishaalexis |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

with our first son we just didn't buy any pacifiers. one was given as a gift after he was already 3 weeks old and he was not interested in it at all. 16 years later we've got a baby girl and we haven't bought her any and returned any that were bought as gifts so for us the best way is never give a pacifier you won't have to worry about weaning

mrandmrstunstall |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

he will cry alot but ask him to say bye bye to it and have him through it away and make sure u have none laying around. then he will know there is no pacifier. it will take 3 day to a week of crying when he misses it but tell him he is a big boy and u said bye bye to the pacifier. just keep reminding him he is a good big boy.

aumbrashia |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

Just take it off when he falls asleep and keep it til he wakes up. don't let him see or remember about it. Have a great day! :)

yish1 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

We recently had to deal with this. My daughter is 3 and her binky was the only thing she was ever attached to. We tried playing up Easter and having her leave the binkys for the Easter Bunny, in return the Easter Bunny brought her extra stuff in her Easter Basket. It didn't work out so well. We ended up getting down to 1 binky instead of 4. Shortly after that I picked her up from preschool where she was only allowed to have the binky at nap time and the binky was missing. Her teacher had put it somewhere and we couldn't find it. Then when we returned a couple days later it was back so I took it so my daughter wouldn't find it. I wasn't about to reintroduce the binky after it had been gone 2 days. She still asks for it occasionally at night but for the most party it was a pretty smooth transition. Much better than when we tried at Easter. Good luck!

Heatherlowry9 |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

We decided to slowly wean and took the pacifier away during the day and only used it in the car and nap times. Then, took away car and then nap. Then finally we took it away at night and replaced it with a bunny toy and explained she was a big girl. It took about a week of occasional tantrums and finally she just forgot about it. TIP: make sure you have confiscated every last one, because if he finds one after 2 months of not having it and taking it away could be a lesson for you both. NOT FUN! Good Luck!

kimberlyjware |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

My daughter was easy, we just told her she was going to be a big sister and she had to be a big girl and get rid of the binkys. We had her leave them out for the easter bunny. We told her the easter bunny would take them and leave her presents for being such a big girl. Now that my son is almost 2, we are just going to try the cold turkey method and see how that goes! he's really attached to it and we just found out we are expecting baby 3 in july :)

UnconventionalMama |

How do I wean my toddler off his pacifier?

What i did for my little newphew was i tied them to balloons and went outside and gave them to him and told him to let go of them and say bye bye. It took him a few mintues to let go and when he did and he said bye bye. I gave him a popcilce, hasnt care about them since.

midnight0423 |