A pacifier is like your baby’s first love, and the breakup can be tough just like any other breakups. This tiny little thing can be a life-saver for new parents. However, when your newborn transforms into a toddler and begins demanding the pacifier on a 24-7 basis, then it may be time for you to consider to have your child to get rid of the pacifier.
As you may have guessed, this is often much easier said than done. Take a look at our picks on ways to help your child to say bye-bye to their binkies!
1. Take it away gradually
Gently detach your child off the pacifier by limiting the time used, only allow during bed times and nap times. Or you can also limit the use of pacifier to a place, like a crib or toddler bed. So when your child is ready to move to a bigger bed, you can remove the pacifier all at once.
2. Make it taste bad
Consult your doctor about a safe product to use to make the binky taste bad, for example pickle juice. This is to let your child correlate the bad taste to the pacifier. We often hear about this approach used in order to stopping nail-biter. You can us the same approach to separate your child from their pacifier.
3. Trade the pacifier for a toy
Sometimes the excitement of growing up along the way can be a courage to give up the pacifier, and you can go with the idea to trade the pacifier for a special toy your child have been wanting.
4. Don’t offer the pacifier
As your child grows older and no longer needing the pacifier to serve as a soothing device, simply stop offering it to her. You may be lucky that she forgets about it and eventually weaning herself off. If you are not, just need to keep doing this and one day time to say goodbye to the pacifier will come by.
5. Go Cold Turkey
As a parent, you have the right to take away from your child. You can just get rid of the pacifiers when your toddler’s not looking, of course, and end things cold turkey. Though it might make a rough couple of days.However, this will need a great deal of patience and determination as the parents. As once you take the pacifier away, don’t give it back no matter how much your child begs or screams for it. Get it over and done with.
After a week or two, your child will be free from the pacifier …. for good.
6. Offer alternative comforts
The pacifier serves as something to soothe your child. So when you decided to take it away from your child, you will probably need to help your child find other ways to soothe themselves. For example, soft singing, gently massaging her, gentle swinging motion can help to soothe and settle her down without the use of a pacifier.