“Toddler Tip Tuesday” is my new weekly series I have started for 2012. I am in no way a toddler expert but since I am going through the joys of toddler hood right now, I will bring you tips that will hopefully make your life a bit easier! This week’s topic is getting rid of the pacifier!
I didn’t think our 3 year old would ever give up his pacifier (“paci” as we called it)! We eventually had him weaned to only sleep time but no amount of negotiating would get him to go to sleep without it-until he started chewing it. Once he put holes in the ones we had, we were able to eventually throw them away by saying they were broken and not safe. Finally he chewed through the final one and we told him they were all gone. After 3 nights of crying for one, he went to sleep peacefully. It was a rough 3 nights but Chris and I were determined to stop buying pacifiers.
Many toddlers struggle with giving up the “paci” “binkie” or pacifier and that is completely understandable since for many, they are a comfort tool for the children. With toddler development, so many things are out of their control that they latch on to pacifiers for security. There are many schools of thought as to when you should take away pacifiers and I feel it is definitely a parent’s choice. However, if you are looking for some ideas or tips to be “paci free”, here are some we used and some tips others have given me:
- Begin by setting limits. Only allow pacifiers during sleep and car rides (or whatever works for your child).
- Stick holes in. For some reason this makes it not as satisfying for your child to suck.
- Leave it for Santa.
- Trade it in for a toy. I even read about one mom who took her child to Build A Bear and they put the pacifier inside the bear before they sealed it.
- Give it to a new baby (not really but your child can think you are). Tell your child that they are a big girl/boy now and the new baby needs it.
What tips do you have?