How to Get a Child to Quit Using a Pacifier

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6-10-2016, 06:30
A pacifier to you before was a way to have your infant quiet down a bit, but to them, it's like a very addicting snack food. It's okay at first, but just wait after your child is 2 or 3 it's time to get rid of their pacifier.


  1. Set up a rewards program. Give your child a star each day they go without, and after they have (x) number of stars consistently, they can get a treat, like a Popsicle, or even going to the movies.
  2. Leave the pacifier in the bed, as it is an aid to sleep. This should be started when the baby is under one.
  3. Never let the baby walk around with a pacifier in his mouth -- the baby is in the beginning stages of speech when they are walking and a pacifier can interfere with their ability to communicate.
  4. Another trick is to cut the nipple of the pacifier and the baby won't like it as much. Cut a little more every few days.
  5. Simply take it away. This will upset the child for a few days, and they may dislike you for about a week. But after that, they won't remember. And you can have a huge sigh of relief because you don't have to deal with it anymore. This is most effective for younger children, who can't understand a reward system like a 3-5 year-old could.
  6. Use an older child as an example. Even a cartoon character, like Dora the Explorer would work. You just have to say, "You don't see your cousin Sam with a Binky, do you? That's because he's a big boy. And you want to be a big boy don't you?" often works. Using a model can help them begin understanding comparisons earlier than say, preschool.
  7. Inform the child that there are other children that need binkies that are just being born. Send him out to hang them on a tree,or to hide them throughout the house, so that the Binky fairy can pick them up. Keep a close watch to see where he hid them, and then get them that night. Leave a small gift, something cheap and plastic but that the child will like, in each child's place.
  8. Propose a trade of a toy for a pacifier. Say, "Well, (child's name), I don't know... That's a toy for big kids. How about we trade? You give me your pacifier, and I'll buy you the toy." It really works, especially on girls.


  • Make a positive effort. But, don't let it get out of hand.
  • Don't send your child to school with a Binky. Even if the school allows it, don't do it. Doing so only makes bringing it to school a habit.


  • Don't let your child start another habit, like thumb-sucking. It's a lot harder to get rid of.
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