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Cutting Pacifier to Wean of Usage

Has anyone used the cutting the pacifier method to help wean their child of using the pacifier? How much did you cut: just the tip, half of it, or the entire nipple? Was it successful or do you have any other suggestions? My son uses it only for sleeping and napping. However, I would like to know if there is and try for an end of using the pacifier is in sight. For some reason, I'd like to think or try to have this accomplished in time for his transition out of his crib to his toddler bed, which is probably in about 3-4 months from now.

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My daughter had multiple pacifiers and we thought she would never give them up! At age 3 1/2 the dentist told her nicely, but firmly that she should stop using her pacifiers because they had caused a gap in her teeth. That afternoon we went home and she cut the tops off of all of her pacifiers herself. We agreed to give all of her pacifiers to "the babies" (this made her feel like she was doing something good) and kept just one. I tied that pacifier to the doll that she sleeps with every night. She now holds the pacifier in her hand at night but has never tried to put it into her mouth. Just holding it brings her comfort. Hope that is helpful.

When my daughter was 2, I started cutting the pacifier. FIrst I just cut a bit off the tip and then each week I would cut a little bit more. It got to where she would start with it in her mouth but then it would fall out as soon as she fell asleep. By the 3rd or 4th week one day it fell out and we could not find it. Really we looked all over and it was nowhere. At the same time we'd been telling her there were baby sharks who needed her pacifier (had tried to use that story to get rid of it at the beach a few months prior) so when it went missing I said oh well i guess the baby shark came and got it. She was fine with it. Later that week when I was changing her sheet, I found it underneath her mattress but threw it out before she could see it.

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When my daughter was 2, I started cutting the pacifier. FIrst I just cut a bit off the tip and then each week I would cut a little bit more. It got to where she would start with it in her mouth but then it would fall out as soon as she fell asleep. By the 3rd or 4th week one day it fell out and we could not find it. Really we looked all over and it was nowhere. At the same time we'd been telling her there were baby sharks who needed her pacifier (had tried to use that story to get rid of it at the beach a few months prior) so when it went missing I said oh well i guess the baby shark came and got it. She was fine with it. Later that week when I was changing her sheet, I found it underneath her mattress but threw it out before she could see it.

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Hi D.,

Above is the link to one story about using the pacifier fairy to help kids transition away from using the paci. There are a number of other links if you search pacifier fairy. My kids didn't use one, so I can't give you any personal advice. (My four year old still sucks his thumb when he is tired.) Best of luck.

M.

I don't really have any suggestions for you. I did cut my sons pacifier, but only because he chewed on it instead of sucking on it and it was tearing where he chewed on it etc. so I (right in front of him actually) cut where it was tearing at and he was alright with it til the next bed time that is, lol! :) but it was short lived and he's been fine since then...

anyways, good luck with whatever you figure out!

My daughter had multiple pacifiers and we thought she would never give them up! At age 3 1/2 the dentist told her nicely, but firmly that she should stop using her pacifiers because they had caused a gap in her teeth. That afternoon we went home and she cut the tops off of all of her pacifiers herself. We agreed to give all of her pacifiers to "the babies" (this made her feel like she was doing something good) and kept just one. I tied that pacifier to the doll that she sleeps with every night. She now holds the pacifier in her hand at night but has never tried to put it into her mouth. Just holding it brings her comfort. Hope that is helpful.

You already have lots of good advice. I did want to say that the longer they have it, the more attached/dependent they can become. My youngest son had his for-ev-er (it seemed). But finally we picked a date and when the day came and he protested I said oh, I've already put a call in to the binky fairy, so she's coming! I made my husband hide them so even I didn't know where they were (you know, just in case ;>) Even with his strong attachment to it, it was only about 2 days of crankiness and then he was fine.

But I also agree with one poster who said if it makes him happy when he sleeps, who cares? Our dentist said no worries with it (as long as it was gone before permanent teeth came in!) Also notice that if they fall asleep with it, it rarely stays in their mouth, it usually falls out. So it probably isn't doing any harm.

Good luck!

There are so many different opinions and experiences with pacifiers. My son who is almost 7, had a pacifier till almost his 3rd birthday. I cut slits, cut the tips, tried all the tricks. He would still figure out away to suck on it. If your son only uses it for sleep, i dont think its hurting anything. He will get rid of it when he is ready and believe me it will be before you know it. My 2nd son will be 2 very soon, he too has a pacifier for sleep, i wont take it from him, he will give it up on his own. Good luck!

With both of my girls, I just took it away and told them that it was for babies and they were big girls. I did time it along with either the 2nd birthday or moving into a big kid bed. That way I could make a big deal about how they were big now and get to do big girl things.

When my son was 2 1/2, he had about 10 paci's. I cut his favorite ones at the tip and a little more every day until finally there was nothing there anymore. Everyday, my son would pick up his paci and try to suck on it, and would have the funniest look on his face! I would tell him that he sucked it all up and that he needed to just throw it away! He would throw that one away and go get another one. I would get it away from him somehow during the day, and I would do the same to that one, until we finally did that to his entire stash of paci's. He would take it to bed with him and try to suck on it, but, it just didn't have the same enjoyment to him so he would just take it out and he didn't seem to be too upset about it. That was the end of our paci days. He is now 13 years old and we laugh about it. Good luck on your paci days! I wish those days were back now, I miss them a lot!

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