When Hailey was about 1, I started limiting her use of the soother to in the crib. So only bedtime and naps. Well, that continued for 2 years, a full year longer than I intended to let it! In the last 6 months, she has actually become more attached to it, and I am sure that if I had allowed it it would be in her mouth 24/7.
Well, with her turning 3 last week we decided that was is. We talked all week about the Sousi Fairy, and how she was going to come on Saturday and take the sousies away and take them to new babies who need them. That she would leave H a little present, and that we would go to the Build-a-Bear and she could pick whatever she wanted, a "Sousi Bear", for her to hug if she was sad about the sousies being gone. Every day we talked about it, and she was ok with it after the first day or so of talking. On Friday night I went out for a girls night, and DH decorated a box with H for the sousies. She kissed and hugged them all goodbye next morning and popped them in the box. We went out, and when we came home there was a movie in the box, and H had picked a kitty at the build-a-bear.
Nap time was....a little bit disastrous! But we were late too. She whined/cried on and off for about half an hour, and then only slept for 40 minutes. Bedtime was no problem, she didn't even mention them! Nap yesterday was fine, she asked for them once and fake whined for about 30 seconds and then slept her normal 2 hours.
I know we may have some bad days this week, but finally, WE ARE FREE!! Needless to say, I will be taking Audrey's away by 18 months!