Goodbye Pacifier: How Experienced Moms Got Their Babies to Quit the Pacifier

Dentists recommend limiting pacifier time once a child turns two and eliminating it completely by the time a child is four, at the latest. Whether you’ve got a baby at the younger end of the spectrum or a pre-k kiddo who is still committed to their pacifier, you might be looking for ways to help them say goodbye. For inspiration on how to say goodbye to the pacifier, we asked experienced moms how they helped their kiddo kick the pacifier habit once and for all. Check out their ideas and experiences below!

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Stacy

“When my daughter was three we took her to the toy store and told her that she could pick out anything she wanted … but that she had to pay for it with her pacifier. She picked out a huge garbage truck and happily handed her pacifier over to the cashier (who we’d told about the exchange earlier.) That night she asked for her pacifier a few times. But each time we reminded her of how she’d traded it in for her new truck. That night she went to bed cuddling her truck instead of sucking on her pacifier!

Heather

“One day, my two-year-old lost his pacifier and we simply decided not to buy a new one. He was really upset at naptime and then again at bedtime that first day. On the second day, he whined for his pacifier a little bit. But by the third day without it, he was perfectly fine. Every now and then he still asks for it but we just remind him that it got lost.”

LaTrisha

“We got rid of my daughter's pacifier when she was one before she could really protest or get too attached to it. We noticed that she wasn't really using it a lot anymore so we just slowly stopped offering it (unless she was really crying for it). After a while she really didn’t fuss for it anymore, we didn’t offer it, and her pacifier days were done!”

Anna

“My son was FOUR when he stopped using the pacifier, way too old in my opinion. But we had been lazy about not taking it away. Since he was so old we were able to talk to him and make a bargain that he would get a sticker for every day he didn’t use his pacifier. Once he got to a week we would take him to the movies. It took him almost a month to work up to it but he finally did it!”

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Xiomara

“We took my baby’s pacifier away cold turkey when she was 18-months-old. I would not recommend that to anyone else. She was so upset at naptime and bedtimes. She was almost throwing up from crying so hard. It did only take a few days for her to get over it but I would tell other parents to just wait until their child is ready. She was too young and it was way more traumatic than it could have been if we had waited until she was older.”

Best of luck to all you parents trying to say goodbye pacifier!

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Goodbye Pacifier: How Experienced Moms Got Their Babies to Quit the Pacifier

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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