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Take away the daytime pacifier
Start by not having a pacifier handy throughout the day when they want one. If they want their pacifier, they need to go get it.
Eliminate during naptime
Once their dependency on using the pacifier during the day has waned, start eliminating the pacifier at your child's naptime. It helps to offer a comforting substitute, such a special toy, stuffed animal, or blanket.
Emphasize the substitute
At bedtime, begin emphasizing the need for the substituted object over the pacifier. For example: Ask, "Where is 'Tiger?' It's 'Tiger's' bedtime too. We have to find 'Tiger' so you can help him fall asleep."
Tell them they don't need it
After successfully reducing the pacifier to an "also-ran" at night, introduce the idea to your child that they are a big girl or boy now, and probably don't need a pacifier anymore.
Give it away
After a sufficient period of positive reinforcement, enlist your child's help to solve the problem: A baby you know cries a lot because he has no pacifiers. "How can we help? Maybe we can give the baby your old pacifiers so he'll be happy and stop crying."
Offer a reward as a replacement – a new toy, or something your child has expressed keen interest in getting. Reach the following agreement: Tomorrow, the two of you will give their old pacifiers to the baby; then you'll go to the store to get that present.
Follow through. Get the agreed-upon reward directly after accomplishing the hand-off, and again, heap on the praise every step of the way. Throw in a little for yourself too, for a job well done.