If your child’s first years of life are comforted by a pacifier, the moment when it’s time to ween them off can often be a difficult and emotional time for the child.

When I was growing up, my security blanket was my bottle. So when it came time for me to graduate to the ever-popular sippy cup, my parents used my all-time favorite character, Barney, to ease me into the process of giving the bottle up.

Now soon-to-be mom of two, Audrey Roloff, is sharing how she was able to convince her 2-year-old daughter Ember to get rid of her binky without too much of a fuss.

As Audrey explained on Instagram, when she was a toddler, her mother came up with a story that helped her feel comfortable about giving up her pacifier:

When I was a toddler my mom had me give my binkies to baby Jesus as a Christmas gift. We put them under the tree and she explained, “baby Jesus is baby so he needs binkies and you’re a big girl now so we’re going to give our binkies to baby Jesus for Christmas ok?” Apparently it worked for me, so I decided to try something similar with Ember. But since it’s not Christmas… We gave our binkies to “baby Margret” (Ember loves Daniel Tiger) ⁣

The mom continued with how she set up the story for Ember.

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BIG weekend for this girl??‍♀️ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ When I was a toddler my mom had me give my binkies to baby Jesus as a Christmas gift. We put them under the tree and she explained, “baby Jesus is baby so he needs binkies and you’re a big girl now so we’re going to give our binkies to baby Jesus for Christmas ok?”?Apparently it worked for me, so I decided to try something similar with Ember. But since it’s not Christmas…. We gave our binkies to “baby Margret” (Ember loves Daniel Tiger?) ⁣ ⁣ We went to Target and got the Baby Margret doll – I’ve never seen her so excited about a baby or toy? When we got home I explained to her, “baby Margret is a baby and you’re a big girl now so can we give our binkies to baby Margret?” ?? There was no hesitation in her response. She ran upstairs to get the binky from her crib (she only uses it for sleep) and eagerly gave it to baby Margret and started rocking her. When it was time to go to bed at night she tucked baby Margret in her doll bassinet and gave her the binky and a blanket. Then we read our book, said our prayers, sang our bedtime song and when I tucked Ember in, she looked up at me an said, “no binky Ember, binky baby Margret. Nigh night baby Margret! Shhh!”? I couldn’t believe how well the plan worked ? She went to bed the past 3 nights as if nothing had changed. Naptime however has turned into playtime the past few days? ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ She also took her first gymnastics class this weekend and absolutely loved it! Lately she loves her ponies, her “pack pack,” picking apples, racing dad around the house, singing, her “feet jammies,” somersaulting, and practicing jumping! I’m so excited for her to really experience pumpkin season this year! ??

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Audrey wrote:

We went to Target and got the Baby Margret doll – I’ve never seen her so excited about a baby or toy. When we got home I explained to her, “baby Margret is a baby and you’re a big girl now so can we give our binkies to baby Margret?” There was no hesitation in her response. She ran upstairs to get the binky from her crib (she only uses it for sleep) and eagerly gave it to baby Margret and started rocking her. When it was time to go to bed at night she tucked baby Margret in her doll bassinet and gave her the binky and a blanket. Then we read our book, said our prayers, sang our bedtime song and when I tucked Ember in, she looked up at me an said, “no binky Ember, binky baby Margret. Nigh night baby Margret! Shhh!” I couldn’t believe how well the plan worked. She went to bed the past 3 nights as if nothing had changed. Naptime however has turned into playtime the past few days.

And people loved the advice.

Some people said in the comments section:

What a great idea. We’ve done the Xmas bink giveaway as well. I tried one during the summer and threw them into the ocean for the fishes but they just came back in the waves. Big flop on my part. From now on the baby elf’s get the binks!

Such a good idea!

We mailed all of our daughter’s pacis to the “new babies”. Paper sack on the mailbox!

How did you help your kids get rid of their bottle or pacifier?

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