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How to Break a 3 Year Old from the Paci.

my 3 year old loves the paci. we only let her have it at nap and night time. the problem is we can't take them completely away cause we have a 6 month old that uses them too, and she will take them from her sister. I don't know how to break her of this. Advice please.

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I say get rid of the paci's for both kids. Don't get the baby used to it. The fairy idea sounds good and fun for the three yr old. My two kids never got into the paci thing. They had them till they were 2 months and I cut them off. Good luck with it. It will seem hard at first but it's for their own good.

My daughter doesnt use a paci, but when my BFFs daughter was around 3, her parents told her that when she was ready, she could put all her pacis in a basket and the paci-fairy would take them away and leave her a present (like the tooth fairy), but her pacis would be gone forever. her daughter finally decided SHE was ready, and put them in the basket... and she never had a paci again!

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Hi R.,
If you can't get rid of ALL binkies due to your 6 month old and the 3 yr old only uses it for sleep I don't see the problem with waiting a while. It is her self-soothing tool and that isn't a bad thing right now. You might try replacing it with something new like a stuffed animal or blanket. Get her involved in picking out the new "lovie" and let her know that the pacifiers are just for the baby and as a "big girl" she gets a special NEW thing. Beware, she could start sucking her thumb if she really needs that sucking to soothe.
Sincerely,
L.

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We ended up cutting the tip off all our daughter's binkys. That way they would sort of deflate when she'd suck on them. She got tired of them after about 3 days and never asked for one again, telling us they were all "broken."

Given that your little one still uses the binky, it will be a little harder. You could try making sure that you have one of those binky straps so you can actually attach the baby's binky to her outfit. That would make it harder for your 3 year old to take it and put it in her own mouth.

Or if your baby isn't a die-hard binky addict, you could take it away from them both now or in a few months?

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If she only has it at nap time and bedtime, I say just let her have it. She is only 3 and won't have it forever. It is her sense of security. She may want to feel like a baby too since your 6 month old probably gets a lot of your attention. Our paci loving daughter was almost 3 when our son was born. Much as it bugged us, we let her have it for naps and bedtime. By 3 1/2 she was ready to give it to the binky fairy. She just needed a little extra time. And now that my kids are 5 and 8, I see how little I needed to stress about a binky for a 3 year old!

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That sucks. YOu could try the paci fariy. it is much like the tooth fairy. Tell her that there are little babies that are very sad because they do not any pacis and that the paci fairy needs them. When we did this with my friend daugther we gave her about a weeks heads up. Every time she got a paci we would remind her that the paci fairy was coming to get them in how ever many days were left. Also tell her that she well get a special suprise that only big girls who don't use pacis get. We did nail polish and makeup in a purse. The night you do it get all her paci's and put them in a bag or what every and find a place outside to hang them. We also left a glass of water for the fariy. Then when she was alseep we did it up. Really try to make it look like a fairy came. We sprinkled glitter all over the place and did a line of glitter from the fence to the tree to show were she flown in. Tie the suprise up in the same place the paci's were. We also put on some red lipstick and drank out of the glass. In the morning her duaghter woke up early exictied to see what happened. She was so happy all day long. She would ask at nap time and bed time if she could have a paci and we would just reminder her the fariy came and there no more. YOu could have a harder time with this since you have a little one who is useing them. But i think this could work out for you and it is really fun. I know i had a blast.

Good Luck
A.

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Yes you can take them away completely.

Big girls have big girl priviledges and don't have pacis if they want big girl stuff. Getting to stay up later, go with Mommy to places the baby can't, etc. etc. It is that easy.

Your house, your rules and 3 year olds must give the paci up to get big girl priviledges. Think of things that your 3 year old gets to do that the baby doesn't. The list has to be a mile long just because of her age. You can do it!

God bless -

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Hi there- I read a technique once where the little one would gather all of her pacifiers and put them in a special container. She helped decorate the little container with markers, stickers, etc.. The parents told her that they would be given to babies who don't have any pacifiers. They would emphasize what a big kid thing it was to do and how generous they were being by giving to babies who don't have any. I really feel for you. I'm sure with all the advice you'll receive from all the moms, you'll find something that works for all of you in your family!
I apologize- After writing the above email, I didn't realize someone else had written something similar. Good luck to you! =)

My sister-in-law took her daughter's paci from her around the same age and cut the nipple in half with scissors so when her daughter went to suck on it and saw that it was torn. My sister-in-law told her she must have tore it using it so long and it was time to move on...It worked for her.

My daughter doesnt use a paci, but when my BFFs daughter was around 3, her parents told her that when she was ready, she could put all her pacis in a basket and the paci-fairy would take them away and leave her a present (like the tooth fairy), but her pacis would be gone forever. her daughter finally decided SHE was ready, and put them in the basket... and she never had a paci again!

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