Whether you call it a Paci, Binky, or a Plug pacifiers are often a major part of parenting. Typically your child will receive their first pacifier in the hospital, unless you express otherwise. It is from this moment that some children begin their addiction. Dum-dum-dum!
When Little Miss A started off on the “Paci” we never knew that she would be so attached. There were moments when we contemplated saying, “goodbye,” to it, but just didn’t see the need to give it up quite yet. We decided that we’d give Paci up cold turkey now since Baby C is on her way and all of the other “big girl” tasks have been checked off, (potty trained, big girl bed, getting herself dressed (mostly,)).
There are so many ways to rid your home of the pacifier. If you’re in the market for pacifier removal pronto feel free to try some ideas from the following list.
Binkie/Paci Fairy – typically you use this when your child is old enough to understand bribery. The Fairy comes in the middle of the night, takes said Paci and leaves the child a small gift. Make sure the child knows there is a no return policy. There’s even a Paci Fairy Website where you can buy a book to read and prepare your child for this transition.
Paci with Props – With this technique you can do many things, like planting a Paci and a tree at the same time and watching how the tree grows as your child grows, and it’s great for the environment too! You can also tie pacifier or multiple pacifiers to fun balloons and send them to (Angels, birdies, Care Bears, basically anything that lives in the sky.) Or you can also mail them to someone your child knows, personally I don’t highly recommend this one though because the child may form a never-ending hatred towards that person since they “stole my paci.”
Paci Party – *This is the one we used for Miss A. Whether it be an at-home party or something outside your home, make saying, “Goodbye,” to Paci a celebration. We took Miss A to Build-A-Bear, where she got to pick out her favorite friend and when she put the “heart” in she also let them put her Paci in as well. We invited friends to make it even more of a celebration and ended up playing and having lunch together afterwards as well. And again, if you don’t want to spend money getting rid of Paci there are several other options.
Broken Binkie – A lot of moms I know swear by either putting a hole in paci with a needle so the suction is lost or by snipping off the end. Once the Binkie doesn’t work anymore some kids just simply give it up or put it in the trash themselves.
My main recommendations are:
1. The sooner the better. I think had we gotten rid of the Paci earlier it would have been less of a struggle because she wouldn’t have been as attached, although she does understand that she’s a “Big girl,” now.
2. Make sure the timing is right for you and your family. If your child is sick or making big changes it’s probably not the best time to give up this security blanket for them.
3. Patience, patience, patience. For some children giving up their pacifier is like giving up a substance to an adult. Don’t expect them to be fine with it the first night (although it’s a bonus if all goes well.)
4. Lastly, reward them for doing such a great job, giving verbal, physical, and material rewards will only enforce the fact that giving up one of their prized possessions is tough but you’re proud of them.
What are your pacifier struggles? Have you given up the pacifier? Share your stories and ideas with us!