5 months and dependent on a pacifier = no sleep for mom and dad!

Danielle - posted on 07/16/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 5 months and has become dependent on her pacifier for sleeping. This means she wakes up during the night looking for. Then it takes no less than 5 trips in and out of her room before she stops playing with it (which causes it to fall out again) and goes back to sleep. My first child - who never had a pacifier - was sleeping thru the night by this point and I don't see this happening with my daughter the way things are now.

HELP! Do babies that use pacifiers EVER sleep thru the night? Are there ways to help her stay asleep and not to wake up looking for it? Is there a gentle way of getting her off the pacifier all together? I did this too her and feel terrible about traumatizing her by taking it away.

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Emma - posted on 07/16/2009

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my bub is 5months old today n has the pacifier to help her sleep...she sleeps from 7.30-10.00 (feed) 10.30- 5.00 every night! she wakes up once if that n the dummy puts her back to sleep. she has ben doing this from about 3months.you might need to look at her day time sleeping aswell....what is she like during the day/ how much sleep does she get?

you could try taking the dummy out during the day after she is asleep to get her use to not having the dummy- i do this as soon as my little girl is asleep- i just pop into the room n take it away

hope i could help x

Jennifer - posted on 07/16/2009

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I feel your pain - we experienced the same thing when my daughter was 4 months old - having to pop the paci back in 10 times a night. It was exhausting. I think what we ended up doing was giving it to her when we did the bedtime ritual and letting her fall asleep with it at first but then removing it when she was asleep. We let her cry it out (going in at 5, 10, 15 minutes) when she woke up crying for it. It was hard, but totally worth it. Then eventually we did the bedtime ritual with the paci but then took it away when we placed her in the crib. She was OK with that. By the time she was able to pop it back herself we let her have 5 pacis in the bed. Hope this helps! Good luck!

Danielle - posted on 07/16/2009

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Thanks, that at least gives me hope...I am not sure if she is a light sleeper. Sometimes I guess she can be, but pretty much after she falls asleep I can be in her room bumping around and it doesn't wake her up. And if I don't make enough noise, I can always count on her big brother to do that!

At what age did your kids start sleeping thru the night? My son was by about 4 months - a solid 12 hours. My daughter is still waking up at about 12am for the soother, 1:30am for what we think is a feeding and then again at around 3 or 4am for the soother and then at 5ish for another feeding.

It's comforting to know that there is a glimmer of hope that she might surprise us and end up sleeping soundly thru the night one of these days.

Thanks.

Julia - posted on 07/16/2009

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All of mine have used pacifiers and have slept through the night. I might have had to wake up once or twice to find a binki but then they would fall right back. Most of the time if the binki did fall out it was because they were in a deep sleep. Maybe your baby is just a light sleeper.

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