BACK TO Baby Milestones & Development Stages
Power of Hugs
Celebration & Planning
Birth & the Hospital
Stages by Ages
Feeding & Nutrition
Baby Products
Activities & Play Activities & Play

How to Get Your Child Off the Pacifiers

Is your child so attached to his binkie that you worry he’ll head off to college with the darn thing? Relax: There are ways to separate them. Now. Moms share what worked for them.

Donate them (so to speak).

"I created a ‘letter’ from my son’s favorite cartoon characters that we put in an envelope and slid into our mail. The letter explained that pacifiers were needed for baby animals at a far-away zoo. I packed all of the pacifiers in a box and told my son I’d mail them off for the baby animals. After that it just took a reminder that we’d given the pacifiers to the baby animals. Soon he quit asking for his."
—Stacey S., mom of one, Jackson, Mississippi

Try the-dog-ate-my-pacifier trick.

"When I thought my daughter was old enough to give up pacifiers, I took them away and told her the dog ate them. After that, if she asked for a pacifier, I’d just say, ‘Oh, sorry; the dog chewed them all up.’ She thought it was funny and just let it go after a few days. The key is to be consistent: Once you take away the pacifiers, keep them away."

–Tiffany M., mom of two, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Put them out of commission.

"We tried everything with my daughter—big girl ceremonies, bribes, sending them off to other babies—and nothing worked. One day, when she wasn’t looking, I cut a tiny slit in each of her pacifiers. After that, they stopped making the desirable sucking noise. She declared them ‘broken’ and threw them away herself."
—Catherine C., mom of two, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Blame the great outdoors.

"When we decided it was time for my daughter to stop using a pacifier, we stopped buying new ones so her collection dwindled. Then, when she left the very last one in the backyard, we told her squirrels had carried it away. I didn’t feel bad about the little fib—she was way too old for pacifiers at that point."
–Renee C., mom of four, Lombard, Illinois

Do it on vacation.

"When my oldest daughter was about 2, we went on a family vacation and I ‘forgot’ to take the pacifiers with me. She was upset, but there were plenty of grandparents and cousins to distract her. It didn’t take her long to adjust to sleeping without one, and she never went back."
–Kelly C., mom of two, Ft. Worth, Texas

Get 500 points for just signing up!
Visit on Facebook



Baby on the Move? It Might Be Time for a New Diaper

6 Things You’ll Want to Have Handy When Your Baby Starts Solids

15 Moms Share Their Tried-and-True Tips for Feeding Baby Solids

Recommended For You

Huggies Wipes

GET $1.00 OFF

any TWO (2) packages of Huggies® Wipes

Get Coupon
Huggies has tips and advice for how to make nurturing connection while diapering.


Lets Do the Diaper Step by Step

Read Now
Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers
More hospitals than ever are using Huggies® Little Snugglers™

Huggies®Little Snugglers® Diapers

SIZES: Preemie-6

  • Designed to help keep baby’s skin clean and healthy
  • GentleAbsorb® Liner (P-2) draws the mess away from baby’s delicate skin
  • Wetness indicator changes color when it’s time to change
Buy Now
Win Diaper Close Icon
Huggies Rewards Logo
WIN FREE Diapers For A Year !
Not a member? Join Huggies

By leaving this page, you will be signed out of your Huggies account. Please complete your profile to remain signed in.

Win Diaper Close Icon
Win Diaper Mobile Icon


Each month we are giving away a years’ supply of diapers!

Enter to Win