My girls loved their pacifiers. I don’t remember ever having to search Google for the “Easiest Way To Stop Using A Pacifier” with my boys. It was like they woke up one day and just decided they were done. They broke up with their pacifiers like it was no big deal. My girls on the other hand. Well, it was more like divorce than a break-up. I felt terrible, like the villain from one of their favorite Disney movies. They just wanted to be happy, soothed, comforted, and I just wanted to rip that security right out from under them. Ugh! Being a mom can be so frustrating sometimes. There were points during the day, where even I questioned why I was trying to break the pacifier habit (read my raw emotional post, if you don’t believe me).
Thankfully, that story had a happy ending. One where I went from the villain to the Queen, and the princess was able to make up her own mind regarding her vice.
So you probably just want me to get to it. What is the easiest way to stop using a pacifier you ask.
Well, simply put. You have to figure out a way to let your child make up their own mind about the pacifier. You can choose to shine a light on the pacifier use in a positive or negative way. Meaning you can choose whether your child has fond memories of letting go of the pacifier, or whether they have associate their old pacifier habit with something negative.
Neither way is wrong, but chances are good only one of these ways will work!
Let me give you two very different examples.
My youngest daughter Anna stopped using her pacifier because I told her we had to give it to the babies that needed it more than she did. My sister-in-law had just given birth to her daughter Scarlette, so I told Anna that Scarlette needed her pacifiers because she was a baby. This worked like a charm! Every time Anna would ask, I would remind her that Scarlette needed them, and she would walk away happy to have helped.
My oldest daughter however, needed to associate her pacier with something negative in order to drop the habit. After trying everything else she finally made up her own mind about pacifiers when I dipped them all in garlic juice. She tried repeatedly to use her pacifiers, but eventually she brought them to me, so I could throw them away. She also tried telling Anna that her pacifiers were gross, but I explained that pacifiers are only gross to “big girls”.
With both girls we we broke the pacifier habit in less than four days! Not bad in my opinion… compared to the number of days I “tried” using other methods!
So the easiest way to stop using a pacifier, is to figure out a way to let your child make the choice. Good Luck!