If you want to help you child get off of the pacifier once and for all, you will need to learn all of the Do’s and Don’ts to help your child easily make this transition. A pacifier, also known as a binky, provides babies with a sense of comfort when they suck on it.
While most babies will outgrow their pacifiers on their own around the age of two year old, some children have more problems with this transition than others.
When is it Time to Say Goodbye?
While there is no right or wrong answer to this question, most people think that the age of two is the appropriate time to start taking it away. While this can vary by child as each child is unique.
There are certain indicators that you should look for in children to determine if they still need sucking time. Pay attention to your child and you will know when it is time to start thinking about saying goodbye to the binky once and for all.
The Do’s & Don’ts of Getting Rid of the Binky
The way that you approach the topic of getting rid of your child’s pacifier is going to make a big difference in the outcome. Therefore, you want to make sure that you are upbeat and positive throughout the process so that your child will be receptive to the idea of life without their binky. For example, when your child goes without their binky make sure that you praise them for a job well done or perhaps set up a reward system at the end of each day for a good job.
A simple chart with stickers is a great way to motivate a young child. When your child is going through this transitional period it is important that you help them find comfort in another way. Spend lots of tie with them during the process; play games, watch a movie and give them lots of love to distract them throughout the transition.
If they are really resistant to the idea, perhaps give them some rules in regards to their binky such as, they can only have it at bedtime or when in the car. Never let your child talk with a binky in their mouth and never scold them or punish them for using their binky.
Get Ready to Fight
Go into this with a positive attitude, but be prepared for a fight. And don’t feel bad if you want to through in the towel. It is OK to give in some times and remember that each child is unique and should be treated as such. If you child is having an exceptionally hard day and really wants their binky; it is alright to give in every once in a while.
The times that they will ask for the binky will slowly diminish with time. Just stick to your guns and try to only give it to them when they really need it and eventually it will soon be a memory.