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.