I thought I would share a tip that worked really well with my little guy when it came time to get rid of his pacifier.
First you need to know how much he loved his paci, popo, Binky or whatever your little one may call it. I preferred to call it the mute button or plug, but that’s just me. 🙂 My little one has never been a big talker, and of course when he tried you could not understand him because of the plug.
So one day I gathered up all 45 of his Mams yes, I am not kidding, I really had just about that many. I guess you could say I had a pacifier fetish too. I always bought him the Mams brand and every time I thought he had all he needed, I would find one more I could not live without. Anyway, one day we sat on the floor of the living room with a pair of scissors and I asked him if he wanted to cut the tips off. (Of course they were kid friendly scissors, I don’t advise giving them the kitchen shears or anything.) To a 2 year old of course cutting anything sounds fun. He went to town, cutting away and every time he cut one I would ask, “Do you want to cut another one?” I explained as he cut them that once they were cut they were not good anymore. They were broken. He didn’t care, again he had scissors the “HOLY GRAIL” he was having the time of his life! When he had finished cutting them up, he tried to suck on one. Needless to say it would not stay in his mouth. He would look up and say “Mama broke”.
Every time he asked for one after, I would remind him how he cut them up and they were all broken now. I think it was important to let him do the cutting so it was not me that took them away from him. It made it more like a game. He only asked for them a couple of days before he forgot all about them. As for me, I still have the gallon Ziploc bag of pacifiers with no tips that I cling to every night!! The milestones are always harder on us mommies! 🙁