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I am seeking some advice here for all you mommies of children that have used paci's.

What was successful for you when the time came to wean your child off of their paci?

This is all new territory for us and I admit I am scared for this transition!

Please pass on any helpful tips or strategies!

p.s. we are not looking to get rid of the blankies...ever =)

11 comments:

The Johnson Scoop said...

I can't remember if I told you or not, but here's how we did it. The girls were both SO attached, I was SO scared! :) (Emma Lee was 2 and Kerri was 1) I don't remember who told me this, but it worked like a charm - no problems at all! Cut about 1/4 of the tip of the paci off, so that it is open. He can still put it is his mouth and it feel like a paci, but it won't really work right. Emma Lee declared hers broken and quit using it pretty much immediately - every now and then she would pick one up and stick it in her mouth to try it but then toss it aside. Kerri went a couple of days of having it in her mouth as she tried to fall asleep and then taking it out b/c it didn't work. In just a few days they had gotten so used to them not working they didn't even notice when I threw them away. We just played up on the "oh no, it's broken" thing and they never thought to ask us to fix it or to get new ones...
Good Luck! Some days I wish we could still just stick a paci in the girls' mouths to make them hush and go to sleep :)

Jamie and Michael said...

Makenzie was very attached to her binky and when she was 2 1/2 I was so tired of seeing her with it in her mouth I did not know what to do. I was terrified that none of us would ever sleep again after we took it away since she could not sleep with out it (so I thought)!

We tried cutting the end off it but she blamed Mr. Mike (Mike Sexton) for breaking her binky and then she cried for an hour and would not speak to him for a few days so in an effort to not make her resent Mr. Mike we decided to not go with that tactic (not to mention, she had them hidden every where and every time I thought i had found them all, she would come out with another one).

Makenzie had been wanting a toy at Pottery Barn Kids for a long time so, what we ended up doing was having Makenzie gather all of her binky's out of all of her hiding places and put them in a bag, I then called pottery barn and explained that we would like to come in and "buy" the toy with the binkys. So Makenzie walked into the store with a bag full of binkys, she handed the bag to the lady (Michael had already paid for the toy of course) and the lady handed her the toy and that was the end of it. She had a moment of sadness after we got home but it did not last long.

A few days later she concluded that binkys we definitely for little babies and she was a big girl.

So, good luck with that! It will probably not be as bad as you think!

Kelly Via said...

Jen, we did the 'cut the passy' technique as stated above. We started out with a little hole, and then cut one cut across the end to take the very tip off. We had the problem of hidden passys everywhere, so eventually you will run across another passy that you have to cut. BUT it worked well for us with Cana.

We tried it with Kayil a few months back, but it didn't work so well. She just got really upset and cried about them being "Yucky." So we postponed that for now...

Kathleen said...

Just a note, we got our son to give up his paci only to have him become a serious thumb sucker. In my experience, it is much, much harder to get rid of thumb sucking.

Jennifer said...

I'm no help with the paci's...my son gave his up around 10mo old on his own. I just wanted to tell you how funny that picture is...made me smile! Thanks!

The Martins said...

we did the cut of the tip of the paci method with micah and it really worked! He put it in his mouth and was so upset that it didn't work anymore. he took it out examined it and then just threw it, never wanting anything to do with it again! It was more of a transition for us than him...he was about 20 months. We are about to embark on it with caleb after christmas!

I am the mom said...

Okay...we were mean parents. We took them all away cold-turkey. We talked it up so much with Luke that he actually threw his away on his own at 18 months and he had a couple of days of fussing, but that was it. Sara Beth was about the same age and she had a little more trouble at night but we happened to take a trip to Grandma's, where they had the patience and manpower to rock her to sleep for a few nights and that was that. Adam had just turned 2 and he had the hardest time. He still doesn't go to bed quite right except for Mommy (I secretly love that, btw) but he is doing a lot better and he loves his blankies as well!

Jennifer Hambrick said...

thank you all for your advice! i'll keep you updated on the progress!

Kurt said...

It will work itself out and he'll stop when the kids in kindergarten tease him....

Bobbie Grant said...

I had a horrible time with Reagan, but one day I decided to cut the tip off. She took one suck, commented that it was broken and that was it. She never asked for it again.

Stevo said...

soak the paci in hot sauce or something nasty.

 

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