Pacifiers: Going Cold Turkey

By Joan Sosin

When you think "it’s time," to pull the plug on the pacifier, cold turkey may be the right answer for you. Here are a few tips:

1. Pick a day.

2. Make sure your child knows several days in advance.

3. Tell your child no new ones will be purchased.

4. Make a celebration out of it. Congratulate your child. Have a "Bye-Bye Binky" ceremony.

5. Be prepared for 24 to 48 hours or even up to a week of discontent.

If your child has difficulty parting with her pacifier, don’t use ridicule or punishment. Instead, offer a replacement. It can be a stuffed animal, a doll or something else to cuddle. If your child becomes upset, try distraction: Change the subject or find something else to do. With an infant, calming techniques like rocking or cradling may work.

Most of all, once your child has given up the pacifier, make sure the old ones are gone. Be consistent and don’t give in to the temptation (yours or your child’s) to buy new ones.

See also: 10 Tips for Pacifier Safety

Joan Sosin is a freelance writer who specializes in health and legal issues.

From United Parenting Publications.