Bye Bye Paci! We (Finally) Dropped the Pacifier!

Dropping the pacifier

We finally did it, we parted with the pacifier! Pinky is nearly 2.5 years old and her pacifier or “pa-pa” as she calls it has been a painful habit for us to break.

Dropping the pacifierThe epic tantrums, the screaming, the whining and the crying that came whenever we’d try to break the habit would bring us to our breaking point and we’d give in (I know, bad but a person can only take so much). We toughed it out 3-4 days before we’d give in, our pediatrician told us that it only takes 3 days and they get over it. Well, she doesn’t know my stubborn little girl 🙂 We tried the binky fairy method, asking her to give them to babies who needed them and cold turkey all of which were unsuccessful. So what worked for us?

Recently, Pinky started to chew on them and eventually they’d get holes in them. With nearly all of them broken I decided to buy one last 2-pack for her since we didn’t think with bringing a new baby home that now would be a good time to try and break the habit. Well, turns out the kind I bought for her she doesn’t like and so I took that opportunity to tell her that all her other paci’s were broken and after a bit of whining each time she would get over it and move on. I let her have the paci’s she doesn’t like and after a few seconds in her mouth she spits them out and is on to the next thing. Now, we’re a week into being paci-free and rarely does she ask and she doesn’t throw the epic fits she used to when I tell her that they are broken. So, YAY! We’ve dropped the pacifier!

Did you have a child that didn’t want to break the pacifier habit? How did you break the habit? Please share your story!


11 thoughts on “Bye Bye Paci! We (Finally) Dropped the Pacifier!

  1. With our first 2 kids we took their soothers away on their second birthday (by that point they only had them for nap and bedtime). With our oldest the fight was long and loud but with our second it only took a few days. Our 3rd (8months) doesn’t use a soother

  2. Oh, do I feel your pain! It was a mini nightmare trying to get my daughter off of her binky! She bit through 2 of them and finally I actually cut the third one. She was upset and after a few weeks, completely forgot about it! Hooray for no pacifiers!

  3. I didnt have it with the pacifier but when we tried to get my daughter off a bottle it took us till she was like 18months it was horrible..The screaming if you took it away and she we must of bought every sippy cup on the planet but she wasent having it

  4. Congratulations that’s quite an accomplishment! I had two tricks up my sleeve that worked for all three of my boys – and they all loved their pacifiers (and so did we!).

    1) Get rid of’ the pacifier before they turn two (and stubbornness tends to set in)
    2) Once you’ve decided to kick the pacifier to the curb, the first thing you need to do is collect ALL pacifiers and “donate” them to a baby that needs them.

    If your house is not clear of pacifiers it is sooooo easy to give in, believe me we tried that the first time around.

  5. We had to pretend my son’s pacifier was lost when we moved across states. I have heard that a big move is the perfect time for change like sleeping arrangements so I decided to try it with the pacifier and it worked.

  6. Oh my goodness I could have written this! My son turned three in November and we had tried unsuccessfully to break the pacifier habit. He wanted one in his mouth & one in two hands whenever he slept. We noticed he was biting them adn told him if he bit through them they were broken & we had to throw them away. Eventually he was down to just one and when he bit through it we threw it away. It was only a few days before he no longer asked for it. Now we are paci free!

  7. Both of my boys are grown (15 & 23) now & thankfully neither one of them was a fan of the pacifier. My boys were easy to wean from their bottles too. I told them a baby that didn’t have a bottle needed them so I gave them to that baby. They never asked for a bottle again. Yeah I know, I got VERY lucky!

  8. My son held on to his binky like it was a lifeline! We actually started out by only giving it to him during naps and when he was real fussy, but as time went on, he seemed to want it more (it went from a suckle need, to a want). My mom found the bye bye pacifier method (, printed it and suggested that we go with it. At first I was a bit mad at my mom, but I soon got over it. The method worked amazingly well. My son stopped sucking on it after 4 days! He proceeded to carry it around for another week, but never put it in his mouth. He then got tired of carrying it and simply lost interest. Mom was right, it worked, highly recommended!

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