View Full Version : Ideas to help take away the binkie/pacifier??
11-02-2006, 08:05 AM
My son is 2.5 years and is still (always has been) addicted to the binkie. It is his security item for sure. We are expecting baby number two in about 6 weeks, so I won't start taking it away until about a month after he arrives just so he has that security through a transition time....but wanted to start getting ideas of how to take it away now.....anyone else been there with a kiddo who absolutely adores his binkies?? Suggestions?
11-02-2006, 08:54 AM
BTDT! Brett adored his "pie". I bet he had 20 of the same kind. He was about 2 and I bought the stuff called No Bite that you put on fingernails to keep from biting them. I painted his "pie" with it and when he would put it in his mouth it would taste really bad. I would say "Pies are for babies, when you are a big boy they won't taste good anymore!" If he found one that hadn't been painted I would let him have it until he went to sleep and then I would paint it too.
It didn't take too long at all!
11-02-2006, 09:22 AM
In our home daycare...as soon as they begin to throw it out of their cribs...I just stop picking it up and giving it back, we put them in a "special place" (old wipes box) and put them to sleep forever!
11-04-2006, 10:11 AM
Sam really did never get attached to her binkies, but sometime around her 1st b-day we made them all go bye-bye! Best of luck to ya babe!
We just old our twins that when the baby was born they would be giving the binkie to the baby as they were the big kids now. We also took them to Toys R Us and got them a "big kids toy" (something theyd seen on TV and we'd always said when you are older)
After that DH just took the binkies away and flat out said "NO MORE" - they carried on on night one a bit, (not all night thankfully) and then the night after they asked for them back, we said "no, they are gone now, they belong to the baby" and they haven't asked for them since.
The cold turkey option is not for everyone though!
I saw on Supernanny once where she had the little girl give the binkie to the "fairies" and they tied her binkie to a tree and left it over night and the mother took it away and threw it out when DD was asleep (A lot of people being Christians, would not approve of the idea of using fairies) - there are a lot of similar ones such as leaving it out for Santa on Christmas Eve ( again, I understand why others would find that wrong)
11-05-2006, 07:25 PM
A lady I knew had the same problem with her little girl and she was about the same age as your son. She took all the binkie's and put them in a sack and told her dd that the new babies at the hospital needed them and even had a friend come by and pick them up. The little girl never asked for them and it worked. Our dd's stopped using binkies around 3-5 mths old The got a little stuffy nose and couldn't suck and breathe at the same time so it worked perfect. Good luck with this because it is a hard step sometimes.
11-13-2006, 07:15 PM
we took madalen's binkie away right after her second birthday.. we just decided on a day that we were going to start the transition, and it went fairly smooth actually. we started by letting her have her binkie in the crib only.. we did this for about a month. then, as she would drop them or lose them, we wouldn't let her have them back. once they were gone, they were gone for good. we had about three nights of crying after the last one disappeared, and then she was fine without it. i found that it was harder to break *me* of it than her (no more 'plugging her up' when fussy), and i ended up missing it more than she did.
11-14-2006, 09:41 AM
If you want more of a slower transition, I would start by telling him he can't have it in public. He can have his pacifier when he's in the house but not outside of the house. Then once he's used to that I would suggest saying okay, now you can only have it in your bedroom at night. The gist of the idea is to start limiting where he can have it and eventually get it so he is only having it at night or in the crib and then eventually take it away there too.
For those of you with thumb suckers and wondering what to do, that is what they recommend there too. But if you have a little one that is just strarting to suck their thumb...the best thing to do is to give them a blanket or stuffed animal or something they can have in their other hand. This will help them associate the sucking of the thumb with the item and as they get older you can just take the other item away and they won't suck their thumb anymore.
I didn't do this with my daughter and she still sucks her thumb. I did this with my son and he won't suck his thumb unless he has his blankey with him. Most people in public are surprised when they see him suck his thumb with his blanky because they didn't know he was a thumb sucker.
Hope the helps. Melanie
11-14-2006, 04:57 PM
Stick it in Texas Pete hot sauce and he'll never touch it again :D Just keep a little bowl of it in the refrigerator to "rinse it off" with before he has it every time. Tell him that's how they taste now that he's a big boy.
Personally, I love hot sauce, but most toddlers don't. :lol: I'm sure he won't ingest enough of it to upset his tummy or anything.
11-14-2006, 10:23 PM
My step sister bit her nails real bad so my stepmom tried putting tobasco sauce on her fingers to stop her from biting them. Didn't work.. she ended up loving it and then she would get into the fridge and drink it straight from the bottle. She tried the same thing with vinegar and to this day my sis still loves vinegar and will drink it straight, yuck!
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11-16-2006, 08:38 AM
I think the earlier the easier to break the habit; once my ten month old started biting hers, I started thinking about taking it away. Three days ago I couldn't find it, and rather thanbuying anymore, I just forgot about it. I did let her have a little water in her bottle when she seemed real upset, but she doesn't seem to notice it's gone anymore...
11-17-2006, 07:11 PM
By about 18 months we would take it and put it out of sight during the day unless he specifically asked for it. Then last week (at 20 months) we simply put binky in the crib right after breakfast (hidden under his pillow so he doesn't see it) and that's where binky stays until bedtime, when they can be reunited for the night. We've been really firm about not giving it to him, and he really doesn't even look for it much anyway.