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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bye bye love, bye bye happiness....

This is the song I hear Levi singing in my head when I think about taking away his paci for good.


My son is 2 years and 8 months old and still proudly sucks a binky.


Only for sleeping though. And car rides. Oh, and when we're in the store and he wants to be so vocal that everyone stares. Oh, okay, and during Sacrament meeting...when he's 2 hours past nap time and is crying and talking or singing or whining in uber-high decibels and I slide the paci in his mouth and, ahhhh...peace and quiet.


I'm curious how you've weaned your children off of the paci (Or if you're about to do it, or have thought about how you'll do it). And when.




I've heard stories about the paci fairy. And about dipping all the pacis in hot sauce. Or cutting holes in them. And the list goes on and on. I'd like to hear it from those of you I know and love...


How'd you do it???

9 comments:

Jenn said...

Mallorie never would take a pacifier so I was on the opposite end of the spectrum. All she wanted was to nurse or nothing! And luckily after 15 LONG months, she finally weaned herself from that. My advice is just to stop giving it to him...?? Maybe tell him it's because he is now a big boy and paci's are only for babies. Yes, I know it's not that simple, and if he absolutely thinks he'll die if he doesn't get it, cutting the hole in it is the next best sounding thing(that way it's his idea that it's no good anymore). That's what my mom said worked for me.

Keep us updated on what ends up working for ya!

Tonya said...

Hi Lindsey! Tonya Driggers here! It wasn't the paci (goodness! wish it was - her's was her finger!) but Tiffany was her bottle... but anyhow, one day while at the doctor's office, I said to her she was getting too old to be carrying a bottle around all the time, that she should throw that thing away. She thought about it and threw it away at the dr's office! Later when she wanted it I reminded her where it was and because "she" did it and she knew she couldn't get it, she was done. Not necessarily that easy, because she asked me to go get it, but she knew it was a long drive - and she hated the car seat! :-) Good luck - try to get him involved and make it his idea tho' - might make it easier...
-- Tonya

freya said...

okay so i don't have kids, so i've never had to get a kid to quit a paci. buuut i did see a hilarious video on america's funniest home videos where they tied a bunch of balloons to the paci to let it fly away to a baby who needed it, but it backfired cause it got stuck at the top of a tree in their yard so a fire truck had to come get it down. ha! then they tried again in an open field, successfully.
that's a lot of effort!

Cristy said...

don't take it away from him, duh. why would you? because society has deemed it inappropriate or unacceptable for a child of a certain age to still suck on a pacifier? lame. don't conform. he likes it. let him keep it until he doesn't want it anymore. THANKS ;o)

The Miller Family said...

Lol Cris. Thanks for the input...although I'm more looking at it from the smile/bite aspect as opposed to your "society conspiracies", as I like to lovingly call them. :o)

Thanks all for the ideas!

shantel said...

I just took it away, it might have been rough for two days or so but then she just forgot about it.

Good luck!!!

Brett said...

I've heard of kids Levi's age "losing" their paci. You tell him you can't find it, then you look all over the house with him, everywhere he can think of, and when he's looked everywhere, he'll understand that it's just gone. Good luck!!!

Melinda and Greg said...

The two best ways that I have heard of is to just throw it away without them seeing and then telling them that it is gone or lost. Or to cut a hole in the nipple. The first time to go suck on it after that they won't want to because it won't be the same.

the Rew Crew said...

We let Liv have her paci until well after 3 years. Just like you guys, it was 'only' at night...and on plane rides...and during church, etc. Finally I started getting worried about her teeth so we took it away for good by using...the Binky Fairy! Liv received a doll in exchange for the binky. She has asked for it a few times, but it hasn't been all that bad. My friend cut off the tips, and her daughter eventually lost interest.

Just make sure to get rid of EVERY single one. Because kids are way too smart and will find all the hidden ones you forgot and then it all begins again.

Good luck!