My DD is 2. We had limited her pacifier only to nap and bedtime for the last year, but decided last wednesday it was finally time to get rid of it completely. We weren't sure what we were in for because she was like a paci addict when she was in her crib. It was the first thing she always asked for.
Wednesday night: I took scissors to the paci and "broke". I left it in the bed for her to find. When she said it was broken I said..."oh my." She slept with her broken paci that night. Took her about 1hour 15 minutes to fall asleep. She kept saying "my paci broken...mommy....paci broken."
Thursday: Took 15 minutes to fall asleep during her nap. Still had the broken paci. When she woke up I told her that since her paci was broken, maybe we should throw it out and then she would get a "big girl" cookie. (AKA a sugar cookie with sprinkles.) She threw it out without any hesitation. That night when she asked where her paci was I said "it was broken and you threw it out...remember?" She stopped asking for it then. Took her about 15 minutes to fall asleep.
Friday: No problems at nap. Only 3 minutes of crying at night and then she was asleep.
Saturday: No issues with nap or night time.
I honestly thought she would be waking up at night or asking for it longer, but she seems to be completely over it. One hurdle over...now we can start working towards being potty trained. Just want to say thank you to everyone who passed on advice on this subject!