It has always been interesting to me that some babies love pacifiers and others won’t take them one bit! I’ve had four pacifier loving babies, and one pacifier hating baby.
Over the years, I’ve decided that I’m a pacifier kind of mom, I like them, and I like having something to help soothe my baby when they are fussy, tired, or my ears just can’t handle any more!
They are great for soothing, and comforting the child.
Despite the stigma of rumors my children never had weird crooked teeth, or had a hard time learning to speak clearly. Quite frankly, my pacifier kids speak very clearly, and nonstop for the most part! They have turned out just fine!
I have used these 2 methods with four very different children, and both methods to transition have worked quite well for us.
I Just HAD to share!!
Now remember that this is a right of passage, a VERY big deal, and again, a celebration! Enjoy this experience with your child! Talk about it before the day comes! Talk about it with the enthusiasm of winning the lottery if you must. It’s important to get the child excited! Be excited yourself as then they will feel the enthusiasm!
What age should you do try these methods?
Well, each child is SO very different. I have always tried to do it around 2 and 1/2 years of age. Its mostly a development judgement call. You know your child best, and taking it away cold turkey too early can make for a some very difficult day and nights for both child and parents!
Step 1: Gather what you’ll need: Kid scissors, a toy that is wrapped, and prepare a song to sing.
Step 2: Gather ALL pacifiers. Make sure you especially find their “stash”. Most kids have one. My oldest child found a random hole is a bed post and we found 13 pacifiers that she had dropped in there. Her hand was so small she could reach in and grab one.
Step 3: Make sure you gather the whole family. Remember it is a BIG deal and this makes the child feel special!
Step 4: Welcome everyone and sing your song. We’ve sung Old MacDonald, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to name a few.
Step 5: Everyone gathers next to the garbage can and the child (and parent) cut up one pacifier. The others have been thrown away and are gone. EVERYONE claps and hoots! Remember this is a BIG deal right?!
Step 6: As a consequence for giving up the Pacifier the child receives a present. I have always tried to find something that my child really wanted at the time.
Step 7: If they have a hard time at night without their pacifier snuggle, remind them about the special party, and offer the child a non-spill sippy cup. Its not always easy especially the first night, but consistency is key to being done with the pacifier forever!!
Step 1: Gather all supplies: Small-medium box that has a closed lid, markers, paper, toy (that is hidden from the child)
Step 2: Gather all pacifiers. Make sure you find their stash!
Step 3: Have the child decorate the paper, and if you’d like, the box. Make the child feel involved in this process. Have them write a note (with your help) to the paci-fairy! Let them scribble a picture.
Example would be:
Dear Binky Fairy,
I’m done with using pacifiers.
(Attach to the letter the scribbled picture made by child.)
Step 4: Sing the child’s requested song.
Step 5: Place the pacifiers inside the box. Lay the note next to the box to wait for the Paci-fairy to bring a new toy for the “New Big Kid” in the family the next morning in exchange for their box of pacifiers.
Step 6: If they have a hard time at night without their pacifier offer up a snuggle, remind them about the special, surprise for the morning, and offer the child a non-spill sippy cup. Its not always easy especially the first night, but consistency is key to being done with the pacifier forever!!
Step 7: The next day their gift is there waiting for them and the pacifiers are gone! Just keep reminding your child about the event and follow through with Step 6 to encourage them to find other things to do to break the pacifier habit.