How Easy Is It To Get Rid of the Pacifier?

Could it really be this easy? Or did I just get über-lucky? Did something that I have anticipated (and dreaded) having to do for 3 years just come and go without a fuss or protest? I was envisioning sleepless nights, Fia calling out to us, begging for her pacifier back. I pictured me begging Phil to just give in. I hate to see my baby sad. (Yeah, I know, get over it. At least when we are talking about a piece of plastic that has long worn out its welcome.)

None of my fears came to pass.

Maybe it’s because her lip rash gave us such a good out. “Honey, the doctor says you can’t use your pacifier anymore.” Maybe it’s because she’s going to be 3 on Sunday. “Fia, you’re about to be a really big girl. And only babies use pacifiers.” Or maybe she was just ready to let go.

On Sunday we watched the Elmo episode for the 103rd (and hopefully last) time, about Bye Bye Binky.

On Monday night, 6 days before her birthday, we packaged up her “Bagdee,” wrote a note saying that Fia hoped the baby on the receiving end would find comfort in it, and sent it off. To, well, my mother-in-law’s house. I didn’t know where else to address it.  Knowing her, she’ll keep it and someday when Fia is really a big girl, we’ll show her the note and the pacifier that gave her parents such angst (and even made our former nanny pissed at me).

She came down with a stomach flu and fever on Wednesday. “She’s really uncomfortable,” I said to Phil. “Should we give it back to her?” I got an emphatic NO. And further pointing out that she hasn’t even asked for it. So why would we offer it up?? Um, right. Good point. I don’t know…because I’m a mom and want to do anything to make my child feel better???? Maybe I need a pacifier.

At any rate, I have written at least 11 blogs about the pacifier and posted many a picture with Fia and that thing. I’m happy to say, I think those days are over. (At least until Emmett has his turn. But so far, he doesn’t seem to be as attached.)

This is one milestone I’m not overly sentimental about. In fact, I’d much rather see her smile…and now I will. Even at night.

The picture above was when she was about 18 months old. I always wanted her to have one in reach.

This pic from Halloween. Such a pretty mouth.

 Why cover it up?


Pacifier picture at top via Shutterstock

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  1. by Paula

    On December 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I dreaded taking the pacifier away from my 15 mo old son. I was trying to figure out a weekend when we didn’t need sleep to take it away cold turnkey. When visiting my parents he bit through the top of the pacifier. I decided it just wasn’t safe anymore and threw them all away. He could have cared less. Not a peep, cry or sleepless night. It was my issue, not his.

  2. by Julie

    On December 3, 2012 at 7:00 am

    My daughter was 3 and we just took it away and said you’re a big girl now no more binky. The next day my sister was babysitting and Page goes, binky? And my sister said, nope you’re a big girl now, its all gone. Never really had her ask again, no big fit. Now ask me about moving her to a big girl bed! My son rejected it at 9 months.

  3. by Bcbg Outlet

    On December 5, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I really thought it would be more complicated to do, I took the pacifier away from my son when he was 18 months, he cried the first 2 nights but then he just forgot about it. I guess it depends on the kid. Hope I get the same luck on the next one :)

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  5. by younglee

    On January 3, 2013 at 7:46 am

    your piece and other peoples comments on how easy it is to get rid of the pacifier fills me with hope!
    I was thinking it was going to be a nightmare and wrote my second short blog post about it here

    kind regards

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