14 mos too old to have a binky at nap time and bed time??

Angela - posted on 10/26/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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A friend said recently that my son is too old to still be having his binky when he goes down for naps or for the night. That's the only time he has it, but he's 14 mos, should I start cutting them so he doesn't want it?! Just wondering...give me your thoughts! Thanks

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Jessica - posted on 10/26/2010

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I agree with Elissa's response. I have a 14 month old & she still has a paci during care rides & when she is sleeping. If I would let her she would take it more (I try to hide it when possible out of her sight). At 14 months I know that explaining why I am taking away something that she feels she needs would be extremely difficult given the language barrier. I have a hard enough time trying to teach her no means no. If she is still struggling with this when she 2 or 3 then I will revisit the situation. Of course at the end of the day it comes down to your gut decision as mom. good luck.

Elissa - posted on 10/26/2010

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Given some kids have dummies plugged into their faces 24/7 til they go to school, I wouldn't worry too much. It would be very hard to explain to him why you were taking it away and it isn't hurting him, but may cause more problems in the long run. If he still needs it in a couple of years I would be more worried, at 14 months old they are still babies so just do what you feel is right for him and never mind anyone else. x

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Resa - posted on 02/20/2012

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My AJ's binkys were chucked the day she turned one year old. It wasn't traumatic at all, and since have had no problems. The older they get the harder it is to break the habit. A quick, cut ties with that binky before he gets super attached is what I recommend!

Cassie - posted on 11/02/2010

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my daughter is 14 months and she takes a binky at nap time and bed time only. she can not sleep with out it. i think its fine..

Kristyne - posted on 10/30/2010

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Our pediatrician advised us to get rid of the pacifier by 5 months. It wasn't as hard as we thought. It doesn't effect their teeth and we put mittens on his hands for 2 days.

Blackwood - posted on 10/27/2010

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My son stopped having a suckie at 6 months old, BUT ONLY becuz he just didn't like it. Otherwise I wouldn't have stopped him at that point. I personally wouldn't worry about it too much. My son is 14 months old and I have gotten him in a bad habit of falling asleep with a bottle, as soon as he is done with it, he tosses it aside and falls asleep. I know the thought of bottles and suckie have to do mainly with teeth, but I won't worry about it and maybe not even start weaning still around 2 years old. We all are gonna do thing that people say no to do, but in the long run is this a huge deal. I dont' think so, we put some much pressure on ourselves as parents. Although I did hear one way to get rid of a soother is to cut the nipple part while "washing" it in the sink and do "oh no broken". but I don't think a 14 year old would understand that. Some children do grow out of these kinds of things. Best of luck

Angela - posted on 10/26/2010

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Yeah, I feel pretty good about him having it at bed and nap time, and he if he sees it he'll put it in his mouth during the day, but I just have it in bed, so he can't really see it! :) Thanks ladies

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