When it comes to getting rid of binkies, parents have only two choices — cold turkey or a slow withdrawal. Like a smoker, our 2-year-old is addicted to his pacifiers. They are his comfort. He sneaks them out of his crib, despite our protestations, and fights us with every ounce of his 32-pound body when we take them away from him.

Our pediatrician told us that now is the time to break the binky habit before tooth problems set in. It isn't easy. After all, when he's upset or tired or cranky, we reach for the pacifiers to soothe him. But we have to be the bad guy.

Here are a few thoughts to consider before removing the pacifiers from your child:

It will be dramatic.

We stuck the paci in our children's mouths within days of their arrival so they are as comfortable with them as anything in their world. Asking them to relinquish them is like asking a toddler to give up their favorite toy. It won't happen without a struggle. Prepare for the drama with soothing words and an explanation. Try not to be harsh. That will only make the problem more difficult.

Prepare for sleep interruption.

This might leave you rethinking your decision. Remember all those nights of uninterrupted sleep? Those pacifiers might have played a large role in helping to soothe your child back to sleep if he woke up during the night. Without them what's going to happen? Either she'll find a new method of soothing herself or she'll be screaming for you at 2:47 am. Hopefully her sleep patterns are so ingrained that this will be a non-issue. However, it's probably wise to prepare for it anyway.

Cut holes in the tips.

One trick we're planning to try is to cut or poke a tiny hole in the tip of the binky to make it less enjoyable for our child. This way, he may tire of the binky and decide to give it up on his own.

Use only for bedtime and naptime.

If your child is using his paci 24/7 one trick is to begin limiting the usage to only naptime and bedtime. This will start to wean them from the binky and prepare for their eventual disappearance.

Replace the paci with a blanket or a soft cuddly toy.

The pacifiers bring comfort to our children. Replacing them with a blanket or a soft cuddly toy might help ease the transition and give kids a timely replacement.

Throw them away.

If all else fails you can cut the cord the hard way — simply take the binkies and put them in the trash. Prepare for a massive backlash if you choose this route, however. Also, prepare for the guilt of second guessing your decision. As you know, it isn't easy to watch your little ones cry tears of desperation.

Stand strong.

No matter which route you choose — slow and methodical or rip-the-band-aid-off-all-at-once — make sure that once the pacifiers are gone, they stay gone. If you give in and give the binkies back, you will have undone all the work you did and it will be twice as hard to remove them in the future.