Sesame Street’s “Bye-Bye, Pacifier! Big Kid Stories with Elmo” on DVD (Review & Giveaway) – CLOSED

by A Frugal Friend on January 24, 2012

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Have you seen the new Sesame Street DVD, Bye-Bye, Pacifier! – Big Kid Stories with Elmo? It’s a must-have (or must-borrow) for parents of preschoolers.

With this Warner Home Video, our favorite characters like Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Baby Bear, all work together to deal with tough issues for young kids……..giving up a pacifier, learning to ride a tricycle and the fear of getting a first haircut.

Let’s face it, these issues can be pretty traumatic. In fact, after we watched Baby Bear getting a haircut, my daughter talked about how she almost cried a few months ago when we cut 10 inches off. She had seemed fine to me. This wasn’t exactly her first time, as I always joke that she was born needing a haircut. :-) It made for some good discussion.

The DVD includes 3 episodes:

  • Baby Elmo and his pacifier
  • Abby learns to ride a bike
  • Baby Bear gets a haircut

My daughter has always been a thumb-sucker.  At age 4, we’ve now pretty much limited it to just bedtime, but you know how kids are.  Anytime she gets a bit sleepy or upset, she wants to suck her thumb.  It’s comforting. While the pacifier part of the DVD isn’t exactly on point, it is extremely helpful to have friendly monsters repeating some of the things I say.   Baby Bear’s sister is having a hard time stopping the use of her pacifier, so Elmo talks to her about the different things he tried when he was young.  Most importantly, not to give up.

Sesame Street of course is a great resource and even has online Tips for Parents.

Elmo’s personal message to kids about overcoming the pacifier is a great short video to have your child watch.

We love this DVD and highly recommend it if you have a toddler or preschooler in your life.  Great lessons and loads of fun from Sesame Street…..and I have to admit that our favorite monsters with bicycle helmets on are adorable too!

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Giveaway ends at midnight (central time) on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012! Valid for US residents/addresses who are 18 years of age or older.. I’ll announce (and contact by email) the winner on this post and the winner will have 2 days to get back to me for delivery details. Limit one set of entries per household.

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1 Donna K January 24, 2012 at 7:01 am

I would say to say goodbye to the paci and throw it away together.

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5 Kerry Lang January 24, 2012 at 8:29 am

I told my son that the Easter bunny took his “bobo” (pacifier) away and left him a giant chocolate bunny and told him he could do it and all that good stuff…..worked and when he did get sleepy or ask for it, I’d say not the bunny needed it for the bunny babies :)
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6 Shelley T January 24, 2012 at 8:30 am

We had the “Binky Fairy” come for my older daughter and like the tooth fairy she traded her binkies for money and stickers.

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12 Annette Wilcox January 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

cold turkey! Just throw it away!

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23 Chris Ziegler January 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I would take it away and throw it out!
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26 Rebecca January 25, 2012 at 6:44 am

We used thumb guards to get our daughter to stop sucking. Took about a month but she hasn’t sucked her thumb since (and that was almost 14 months ago).

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28 Beth C January 25, 2012 at 7:54 am

I think the best way is to tell the child that it is for babies only and then just throw it away!!!
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32 Terri S. January 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm

We (my daughter and I) told my granddaughter that she could give it to the Easter Bunny so he could bring it to a baby that really needed it and since she was now a “big” girl she would be rewarded with a special gift in her basket from the Easter Bunny. We put in a big book of stickers with a thank you note from the Easter Bunny and it worked! :-)

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34 angie January 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm

wow I am actually needing these tips as granddaughter will not give up her paci
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35 tracy simms January 28, 2012 at 1:50 am

I try to hide the pacifier for a few hours and keep my baby busy

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41 tamara January 28, 2012 at 8:31 am

I really dont know other then taking it away cold turkey I have this problem though to face in a few months

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43 Meghan Finley January 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Have them help you collect them and give them to smaller child you know who needs them

44 Meghan Finley January 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm
45 Michelle C January 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm

WitH our son we told him that big boys don’t need paci’s and ten we hid them all! He got them at nap and bedtime and soon didn’t even need it for that either. If they aren’t in the house then they obviously can’t have it and will learn to be ok without it. :-)

46 Christy A. January 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I would take away the paci and deal with the fussiness until they learn to do without the paci.

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49 Mercedes January 29, 2012 at 12:33 am

My daughter was SO attached to her pacifier! We eventually cut the ends off so she didn’t really have anything to suck. She tried for a day or two and then gave them up on her own. No crying!

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52 Maggie @ Tethered Mommy January 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Right now, we’re trying bribery. Cold turkey also worked with my daughter but she was also older.

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56 Christina Burrell January 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Encourage your child to give it to a new baby.

57 vickie January 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm

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58 Chloe January 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm

My tip is to accidentally lose the pacifier! That’s what happened with our daughter. We had been trying to get rid of it, then lost it somehow at a family member’s house and never found it. Since then, we’ve had no problems.

59 Jill B January 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm

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The only thing that worked for me was bribing me haha!

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63 LISA BLUMENSTEIN January 31, 2012 at 8:39 am

We just got rid of it. cold turkey is the best.

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66 Wendy R January 31, 2012 at 9:22 am

my best tip would be to tell them the pacifier fairy has to give it to another baby!
and then reward them w/ a present!

67 Marci January 31, 2012 at 9:51 am

thumb guards have worked my friend

68 Hollie Jahnke January 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I had to throw them all away. After a couple days of crying, he got over it. Sounds a little harsh, but that’s the only thing that worked.

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71 Robin Scott February 1, 2012 at 1:55 am

take it away slowly, if possible,and with a little substitution of other things to go in their mouth that are healthy

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I got my 2 kids off the pacifier by assuring them that *big girls* don’t need suckers

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80 Betsy Hoff February 1, 2012 at 10:11 am

I enjoyed reading these- I don’t have a best tip but we are gearing up to take away the paci from my daughter I loved these tips and would love this movie!

81 Kristi S February 1, 2012 at 6:49 pm

We just weaned my little one off her bink two weeks ago. I snipped a little bit off each day and the more that came off the less that she wanted it! I bought her a cute little nightlight for her room to help with the transition!

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84 Frugaluser February 2, 2012 at 8:09 am

1st step our daughter throws the pacifier in her crib as it’s
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86 Mallory Roan February 2, 2012 at 8:45 am

We are just now tackling the issue of taking away the paci, but she loves Elmo so I think this would help. We started by taking it away during the day and she knows she can only have it at night. We aren’t ready for the second step yet!

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88 Diana Hatch February 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

Cut off a small piece of the nipple each day. They won’t like it!

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91 Kimberly February 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

I have not had to take the pacifier away from my daughter yet. I’m dreading it! I know that my sister slowly weaned my niece off of it. She let her have it for less and less time each day, usually just when she napped.

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95 amy johnson February 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

We never used a pacifier, but my son did keep his hands in his mouth A LOT. We told him that putting his hands in his mouth is icky and will get him sick. Somehow he understood and it worked.

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97 Evelyn February 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

My son had a VERY hard time with this….we finally just told him it was time to say goodbye to the binky, and that we were “all done” using it.

98 Heidi Daily February 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

My daughter didn’t take a pacifier, but I have a friend whose daughter does not like bugs and one day she told her daughter the bugs took it and she was fine and didn’t want it anymore

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102 Libby February 2, 2012 at 11:27 am

Not proud of it, but bribery did the trick for us. For my son, I told him “yes, we can go to the Monster Truck show, but only if you can prove to me you’re a big boy and pass your pacis on to your baby cousin.” It worked.

103 Emily Dorigo February 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

My son was 6 when he finally stopped sucking his thumb. We tried everything to get him to stop and finally, he just stopped by himself one day because he was “a big kid”.

104 Laura V. February 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I just took my daughter’s paci away and never brought it back. I took it away when she was young, too. I think the longer you let them have it, the more attached they become to it.

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107 Tiana B February 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm

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110 Jen February 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm

My kids were pretty easy to get off their pacifiers. My best tip: don’t force it too early. Once they are to the age you want to quit – be consistent and say “no”.

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112 Giant Sis February 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

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115 stacy h February 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm

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118 Lisa L February 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm

We made our son give it up when he turned 2. Said he was a big boy & big kids dont use baby stuff like pacifiers. It was hard at first but it only took about a week to wean him off.

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122 April K. February 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I would love to win because my son hasn’t tried a tricycle yet and still takes a binky. So far we’ve limited his binky use to just bedtime (and church to keep him quiet, lol).

123 Amber D. February 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm

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132 Mandy Kauffman February 2, 2012 at 7:40 pm

My son never really got into using a pacifier. My Aunt told me that when her kids turned 2, she just told them the trashman took it away, and that was that. Sounded a little mean to me, but apparently it worked well for her kids without getting them too upset!

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137 Robin Blankenship February 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm

I would get the child to give it away

138 Farrah Shumway February 2, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I’m not sure about thumb sucking because out my 4 kids none of them sucked their thumbs.

However, they all had a pasci. I feel its like ripping off a band aid….you just have to do it, all at once. Make up your mind then just take it away. When they wake up one morning its just gone. You must have patience and give your support & EXTRA love to child while this is going on. It might not feel like it at the time but you will both survive. When you do it, DON’T give in & give it back because all the crying & stress would have been for nothing. The first 2 days are the worst but then it gets easier each day. By the time a week is up, they are usually over it :)

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139 bonita buckley February 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm

I never gave my kids pacifiers so I wouldn’t know where to begin on how to break them :(

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145 Lily Kwan February 2, 2012 at 11:34 pm

My tip is to be patient.

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