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Pulling the plug on the pacifier

Ready to say bye-bye to the beloved binky? When you and your pediatrician think the time is right, here's how you can help your baby learn to be binky-less and happy.
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Most parents who allow their little one to have a pacifier wonder when to pull the plug. My son was about three years old when he gave his up. However, pediatricians disagree about timing for stopping pacifier use, so check with yours.

Also keep in mind that there are some things you can do that will make it easier for your baby to quit using his binky when the time is right.

Set pacifier limits

Your baby doesn't need to use his binky all the time. Try to keep use limited to stressful times or when he's relaxing — say bedtime vs. 24/7.

Provide other comforts

Your baby is just as likely to get attached to a blanket or toy as he is a pacifier, but these items won't go in his mouth. Cuddling is also a perfect baby stress reliever that doesn't involve a binky.

Keep to a schedule

A baby who eats and sleeps on time — i.e., before he's too cranky or hungry — is a happier all-around kid, thus less inclined to need a soothing pacifier. Don't let your baby get too sleepy, hungry or bored if you can help it.

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    Rated 0 out of 5 by I agree that each child, and each parent for that matter, is unique. It is very important for children to feel as secure in their life as possible. Some children have had things happen in their lives that prevents them from easily feeling a level of security that allows them to move away from a binky.With our older one, we took the binky away when he appeared to not want it as often, within a week... he was sucking his thumb instead. THAT is not as easy of a habit to break. He just turned 3 and is still a thumb sucker. August 1, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by First of all I agree with the comment made by denomecourtney. 100% everyone is different and all kids are different we shouldn't judge others least of all about paci-use. Although sometimes I do look at a 4 yr old with the binky/paci in his mouth at the mall and wonder "what the Heck?!?" but I would never say anything to those parents. They know their kid I don't...end of story.@ Aziboy- thats tough. You can't control what Dad does at his house or when you are not around. My advice is let it go and pick your battles. Eventually your kid will realize that Daddy and Mommy have different rules. But for now even though it's a pain cuz he asks for it all the time, just stick to what you want to do if that means not giving it to him and letting him melt down then do it. A few melt downs won't kill either of you. But if you can't deal then give him the bink and wait till he is older.HERE ARE SOME GOOD TIPS..I've gathered these from various sources...1. Cut a hole in the top of the binky/paci. When there is a hole it the sucky part suction can't be reached so it's not as fun to have in the mouth so kids give up and stop trying to suck them.2. Build-a-binky-bear. I work at Build-A-Bear and I've had some little ones come in to put their binky inside a bear. I typically stuff these bears very lighty so the kid can really feel the binky inside the bear. The kids seem very happy with their bear. They get a new toy and they still have their beloved binky but can't suck on it anymore.3. The binky fairy. For older kids this works well. You start by explaining that there are only so many binkies in the world and when the stores run out of them new babies won't have any binky's. Luckily we have a binky fairy who comes and takes the binky from big kids and gives them to little babies in need of one. The binky fairy is so grateful for the binky that she/he leaves a new big kid toy in it's place.You can do this one binky at a time or all at once. November 27, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by EVERY child is different. my daughter is 13 months and she uses her paci at nap time and bed time. She would love to have it constantly but i just stay strong and only allow it when she sleeps. I myself believe a child needs to feel secure when they are sleeping in their own room until they are around 2 to 2 and 1/2 years old. Saying that a having your child on a pacifier after 6 months is laziness parenting is very rude. Some people dont even give their children a paci until 6 months (commenting on the below comment). if your child is healthy, happy, developing in their own way then your doing it right. no doctor, mother, father, or scientist can tell you the exactly how and when it should be done. Every child and parent are unique in the own way. November 20, 2013
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