You could see if you can get her to go to bed at the beginning of the night without the binkie. With my daughter around 5.5 months instead of going straight from nursing to bed (which made her want the binkie to keep herself soothed), I would wake her up a bit, read her a book, and then sing to her in the dark before putting her down. So she'd go down awake but somewhat tired. Instead of crying, which is what she would have done if I had put her down there right after nursing, she'd just lie there awake talking to herself and then drift off. We threw the binkies away. She wakes up a lot less often. And learning to soothe themselves to sleep at the start of the night leads to them putting themselves back to sleep, often with little or no crying, during the night. Sometimes I'll hear a little fuss, but I'll wake up a few minutes later and realize she's stopped on her own and that I've fallen back to sleep.
at 2:27 PM on Mar. 6, 2009