How to Get Rid of the Pacifier – for Good!

I’m not a parenting expert by any means, but I do know a thing or two about breaking the pacifier habit. What works for me might not necessarily work for you, but these tips should help you get started on this battle! If you want to try the slow and steady approach, go for it! I think it’s easier (and less painful for all involved in the long run) if you go at it “cold turkey”, but it’s up to each family to do what works for them.

How to Get Rid of the Pacifier

Pro tip: Once you decide to take the pacifier away completely, do not make the mistake of giving in, even once. If you do that, your child will expect you to do it again and again. This will make it ten times harder to complete the process.

1. Cut the tips off of the pacifiers and your child won’t be able to suck on them anymore. Don’t leave them unsupervised with the cut pacifiers — show them that they are cut and tell them they’re “broken”. Time to throw them out.

2. Poke a hole instead of cutting the tips off. When they suck on the pacifier, it won’t be the same sensation and probably won’t be as soothing. They might give it up willingly at this point, or maybe they won’t, but this way should be less “traumatic” than cutting the tips off.

3. Binky Fairies are a less harsh way to get the kids to (hopefully) willingly give their pacifiers up, and receive a trinket in return. You can give them something small like a teddy bear, or go all out like this mom did and transition to a “big girl bike” while getting rid of the pacifier.

I personally like Goodbye Binky, the Binky Fairy Story. It’s a cute book! Make a big deal about giving the pacifier up for the Binky Fairy (or Paci Fairy, or whatever you want to call it). Leave glitter behind so they know the fairy “really” visited. :)

4. Trade it in. If your child is old enough to understand a simple barter system, set up shop in the kitchen with different toys, trinkets, etc and have them “buy” the fun stuff and “pay” with their pacifiers. Maybe a related book, such as No More Pacifier for Piggy, could be a good trade?

5. Build-A-Bear workshops will let you put a pacifier inside the bear, kind of like they do the little cloth hearts. Take your big boy/big girl to Build-A-Bear, have them pick out a special new friend, and let the magic work!

6. Throw a “going away” party for the pacifiers! If your friends have toddlers around the same age that are getting rid of their pacifiers as well, have them over for a play date. Everyone brings their pacifiers, has some fun snacks, plays games, and ties them to helium balloons at the end of the party. Farewell, binkies!!

Getting rid of the pacifier is a personal decision that each parent has to make at the time that is right for their child. Don’t feel pressured to get rid of it because your friends are, or because a blog post told you to. Get rid of it when it’s time for you and your little one – not everyone else.

What’s your best bye-bye binky tip? Leave it in the comments!

Comments

  1. says

    We did the only at nap time and bed time for a while thing and then my SIL who had just had her baby like 3 days before said some rude comments about how you can tell that my daughter had her pack too long. She was barely two and the dentist said until three was fine. I was so angry but we tried to take it away cold turkey and she had no problems!

  2. says

    We always did “cold turkey”, and it seemed to work well until our third daughter came along. She was a hot mess (and still is! lol). She kept FINDING the binkies all over the house so we had to keep throwing them away, essentially starting over every time. It’s like she hid them for 2 years just waiting for that moment lol. I like the idea of cutting the tips off. She would’ve been like…. oohhh it’s broken, bye bye.

  3. says

    Oh These are some cute ideas! I know my cousin Amber was addicted to hers and we thought she would be in kindergarten and still be carrying around one! I really don’t know how they finally managed to get her to give it up but I bet it wasn’t as cute and creative as some of these. We probably just put something that wasn’t so pleasant to taste on it or something like that!

  4. says

    I also did cold Turkey as well. Ziah screamed and hollered for a few days but it was over. I had tried clipping off the nipple on them, but he would always find another one. I thought… where did he coming up with those things! ha ha

  5. says

    My daughter never would take a pacifier past like 3 months old. I was kind of grateful for that after seeing a friend of mine go through the ringer trying to get her child to give up his. These seem like great tips!

  6. says

    My daughter essentially went cold turkey.

    She threw her pacifier in the sink, and neither of us was able to find it (she threw it under a pot that was soaking). I couldn’t find her spare, and I just said “I can’t find it”. She was upset for maybe 10 minutes. She fell asleep very easy. I honestly thought I would’ve had to do those paci tricks because she was attached to them, and I didn’t want her to be 3 and using it (like I was). She got rid of it a little after her 2nd birthday.

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