How to Get Rid of the Nuk/Paci???

Updated on June 03, 2009
P.W. asks from Anoka, MN
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My daughter is almost 15 months old and I want to start weaning her from the Paci? Any tips or suggestions will be greatly appreciated!!!

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answers from Omaha on

Take it away!!!! Perhaps only give it to her at sleep time, then take it away at nap time, then finally and bed time. Some say cut the tips off, but my son bit the tips off and kept sucking. Then one day I said put it in the trash it;s broken and he did and that was the end of it!

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answers from Eau Claire on

You could try trimming the nipple - just a little bit every week or two. Pretty soon it will not be appealing to her, and she'll just give it up on her own. :)



answers from Minneapolis on

You might want to start by saying the paci is just for bed time and that the little babies are the ones who need it all the time. Then say you want to give the pacis to the little babies who really need them and that your child is a big girl or boy now and do not need them. In less than a week our daughter was off the paci and was happy she could give them to the little babies. Which we really thru them out of course.



answers from St. Louis on

This may sound crazy, find a farmers almanac and see when the next time to "wean the calf from the cow" and take it away then. My sister broke 2 kids from the bottle and I broke my 18 month old daughter (who was fairly attached to hers) from the pacifier that way. My grandmother said it's time and I just took it away and she never missed it at all. It works and I swear by it. Good luck.



answers from Green Bay on

I was really nervous about my girl not using it anymore but i learned that she transitioned really well to things if i didn't make it a big deal and so she really just did it more or less on her own by the time she was 2 which is really not a bad age. i don't know your daughter like you do, but if she's anything like mine-- just give her a little time and encourage her as she learns to rely on other things for comfort



answers from Minneapolis on

I ended up having them get "lost" or "broken" and eventually, actually lost the last one...didn't replace any of them.

If you have to, you can break one to show her that it's broken... If she's really stubborn about it, put some bad-tasting stuff (hotsauce or pepper) on it so that she won't want it anymore. The next time one gets broken, she won't fight so hard...

Good luck! My son was 2 when he finally stopped.



answers from Minneapolis on

Sounds like you have a ton of great advise already but just thought I would share my story quick, because I thought it was going to be this huge obstical getting rid of the "nu-nu" what my son calls his nuks. BUT he got a cold one week and we would go to give him his nuk and he could not breathe through his nose at the time so he kept taking it out so my hubby suggested maybe we should just take them away now so we did and it was no big deal I was so shocked!! So maybe (not that I am hoping for a cold for your little one)if there is a cold in the near future you could try this little trick... Good luck to you.



answers from Madison on

Our son only used his nuks during car rides, nap time and bed time since 1 year old. At 1-1/2 we took it out of the car rides. Then at 2-1/2 we had our son give his nuks to the nuk fairy. (If I had it to do over I would let him have them until 3)

I started a week in advance letting him know that on Saturday the nuk fairy was going to come and collect all his nuks for little boys and girls who didn't have any of their own. I would tell him this every time I would give him his nuk that week and also ask him during the day what was going to happen to his nuks to make sure he understood. Then on Saturday when he was getting ready for bed I asked him to put all his nuks into a paper bag so the nuk fairy could come get them. He did this very well until the last one, and then he needed a little coaxing. It took me an extra 1/2 hour to put him to bed without a nuk but that was the only night I had problems.

I had him put his nuks outside the front door. I told him in exchange for his nuks the nuk fairy would leave him a special gift. For him I actually had the fairy leave him a boy baby doll that pees and it is even anatomically correct (to help prepare him for potty training). Got two purposes served with the one mission. And he LOVES that doll and does like to have it sit on the potty.

He has never cried for his nuk, he did on occasion ask for it but I just reminded him the nuk fairy gave it to other babies that didn't have any and all he said was oh ya.
But the one and only downfall of the whole giving up the nuk is that he did not take a nap for me for over a month, and now I still have to sleep with him for him to take a nap. He takes naps fine at my moms house (she watches him during the week without nuks either).

Nuks don’t hurt unless they have it 24/7. Its not going to hurt there teeth if they just use it for naps and bedtime, most of the time they end up spitting it out after they fall asleep anyway.

Good luck and I hope this helps.



answers from Minneapolis on

Hi P......around 18 months or so, we started letting our boys only have their nuks in their cribs (nap and bed.) We laughed because when we first started this, they would ASK to "go to bed" and then they would sit in their crib with their nuk for about 5 minutes and then want back out....kind of like they needed a little "fix." They did that for about a day or two and then we were really consitant with keeping the nuk in the crib. Around 2 yrs (when they were ready and we were ready) we just were not able to find it at bed time. We looked EVERYWHERE in the house, car, even called the grandma's to see if it was at their house and it was just gone. We said as they went to bed (a little teary) that mom/dad would keep looking for it and bring it in if we found it. Going to bed was a little tough, but not as hard as I thought. The next morning they asked if we found it, and we said no. They asked for it again at naptime, then once more at bedtime....and that was it! I was so surprised at how well they did. I think it was harder for us to imagine how sad they would be, but really after a day or two it wasn't talked about again :) Good luck!!!!



answers from Rapid City on

I recently took the binky away from my daughter, who is older than yours, but what we did was start by limiting the use of it to bedtime and naptime. You can pick whatever works for you, some people limit it to just the house or just the crib. After a while of doing that I took the prepared for some sleepless nights and lots of crying. It has been a little over a week and she doesn't ask for the binky and is back to sleeping all night! Yeah! I had the binky fairy visit, so we set the binkies out at night and when she woke up there was a fun present for her, which she really liked. Best of luck!



answers from Minneapolis on

What may work is putting just a little of licorice or similar bad tasting flavor. Then it will be less attractive. If that does not work, could barely cut the tip cleanly so it does not feel as good. Positively reward the child for not using it and compliment the child be being not using it. You should also do a search on the internet on a search engine and other's commments. What is mentioned above is use of aversion, making something not liked.

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