The pacifier. If you’re like many parents you have a love-hate relationship with it. Sure it soothes your child when she’s crying or needs to sleep, but there comes a time when you all need to say goodbye. This is easier said than done for many of us. There are some things you can do to make the process a little easier. Check out these top tips for ditching the pacifier.
5 Top Tips on Ditching the Pacifier: Give it to the Pacifier Fairy
Have you ever heard of the Pacifier Fairy? In case you didn’t know, she’s the Tooth Fairy’s third cousin. Just kidding. All joking aside, the Pacifier Fairy can help you when it comes to getting your child to break the paci habit. Tell him that he needs to leave his pacifier under his pillow one night. When he sleeps, the Pacifier Fairy will come and take the pacifier. In exchange, she will leave your child a little gift.
This may make your child feel a little bit better about ditching the pacifier. There are even cute books out there to teach your child all about the Pacifier Fairy.
5 Top Tips on Ditching the Pacifier: Trade it in for a Toy
If your child isn’t buying into the whole pacifier fairy, then try a straight up trade in. Some may call it bribery, but I like to call it a swap. Your child gives you the pacifier in exchange for a toy. There’s nothing too complicated about that!
5 Top Tips on Ditching the Pacifier: Give it to a Younger Sibling or Relative
If you’re going to have another child you may want to tell your older child that he or she will have to give it to their new sibling. This will hopefully make them feel like a “big” girl or boy. If you don’t have a baby at home then perhaps there is another relative in the family who needs a pacifier.
5 Top Tips on Ditching the Pacifier: Phase it Out
Since Rome wasn’t built in a day you can’t expect your child to give up his beloved pacifier in 24 hours either. So you need to phase it out. Maybe at first you only allow the pacifier in the car. Then maybe it’s just at home. Finally, try to give it only at bedtime. This may allow you to sneak it out of the crib when he’s sleeping. Hopefully in time he’ll forget all out it and will be on board with ditching the pacifier.
5 Top Tips on Ditching the Pacifier: Go Cold Turkey
If you’ve tried the four tips above and then some and your child is still glued to the pacifier it may be time to get hard core. This means going cold turkey. If you choose this route be prepared for some trouble at first. However you choose to make the pacifier “disappear” be ready for some tantrums. Your child won’t be happy at first, but hopefully in time (and not a lot of it) the pacifier will be a thing of the past.
When it comes to ditching the pacifier you need to remember that all kids are different. What worked for one child may not work for another. The key is to be patient no matter how hard it may be or how long it may take.