i took my daughter's away the night before her first bday. i cut the nipple off completely, and gave her the remains. i began to wean her at 7 months by only allowing it at naptime and bedtime. she was very upset that first night going to bed without it. she cried for 45 minutes before finally going to sleep. i went into her room and rubbed her back about every 15 minutes or so. the next day, it was like the binky never existed. a week later when we passed by the aisle of binkies at wal mart, she looked as if she could care less. she mentioned wanting one a few minutes later, and i told her they were for babies. i explained that she was a big girl now, and didn't need one anymore. done deal. no whining, tantrums, or crying. she's always been good with transitions, though. with my second daughter, who is nearly 7 months now, doesn't like them. i tried and tried to give her one, but she refuses to use them. i was cool with it, until she began sucking her thumb. the ultimate horror in my house. i'm not going to make an issue out of it until she's one. that's when i will go through the necessary methods to get it out of her mouth. there is nothing more disgusting to me than someone sucking on their thumb. i hate it. i know it's a self-soothing technique for her, and that's fine now since she's a baby, but i'll be damned if my kid ends up with buck teeth because of it.