Posted in Sleep, Tricks of the Trade, Toddlers

How can I wean off my 18 month old from the pacifier ?

He got really attached to it since he was born and he always likes it for comfort or when he’s ready to go to bed he wants his pacifier cause he got so used to it when he was a newborn . But now I need help ! He’s 18 months old and still asks for it , he cries for it and won’t go to sleep without it . I’ve tried reading him a bedtime story to see if he’ll forget it and go to sleep without it but no he’s really smart and knows I have it hidden .

  • Anonymous
    Jul 03

    Wait for him to misplace it/leave it somewhere. And say it’s lost, it’s all gone 🤷🏽‍♀️ then what can ya do

  • Jess
    Jul 04

    I gave my 18-month old a warning the night before that it would be going away. The next day, we talked about how it’s not good for his teeth and that it was time to throw it away. Then I had him put it in the trash can (he loves throwing away trash). He looked for it the first night for a few minutes, but that was it.

  • Megan
    Jul 05

    We slowly over time broke our daughter of it. We started with she only got it in t eh car and in bed. Than we took away the car and would leave it her bed every time she got up. Sometimes we’d pretend to tuck it in like it was the pacifiers nap time, other times I’d have her hide it from the dog so he wouldn’t eat it... she loved that one. Than we broke her of the nap pacifier and ultimately the bed time. But we tried to have her help in that decision. When we tried just taking it and saying no, it was the end of the world to her... so we tried different methods that she would see as a fun game

  • trudy
    Jul 11

    we tried to cut down on use for just nighttime. and then at 2 years old did the trash can method ("Elmo needs your pacifier, so let's give it up Oscar to give to Elmo") and same as Jess - he asked for it a few times and then eventually got over it! you can always keep an emergency paci where your child can't find it, just in case you're in a situation but hopefully won't have to bust it out. good luck!

  • Aften
    Jul 15

    I slowly trimmed the tip off of my daughters pacifiers and we told her they were just wearing out since she was a big girl and had them for so long. Once they were too short, she asked if we could just recycle them!

  • Mom
    Jul 22

    We were looking out of the window with my baby son and there was a dog outside. I told him that that dog ate his pacifier and that’s ok because the dog needs it more. He just agreed with me and never cried or looked for it after.