breaking the paci habit?

Ofelia - posted on 10/09/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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im trying to rid my 8month old son of a paci how do i do this? cold turkey or lil by lil? and how am i goin to put him to bed with out his paci? hellp!

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Tawni - posted on 10/12/2009

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My cousin had her paci until she was about 2!!! When the dentist told my Aunt she HAD to get that paci away from my cousin she snipped the ends off the pacis so they still had them but it took all the fun out of it. Hope this helps!

Lauren - posted on 10/10/2009

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Quoting Lauren:

We took the pacifier away at 2-3 months, I was always VERY against pacifiers.. I have heard of people JUST giving it at bed time, but then thats an entirely different battle. It will be hard the first 3-4 days to get your child to sleep after taking the pacifier however, after that it is back to normal. My daughter used to wake up EVERY single night when she was a baby for a feeding, then when it was time to stop I had a very hard time! It took 3 nights of screaming and crying, it broke my heart but I knew it was best. So if you can stick it out, I would just take it away all together. I have hear of people tying them to balloons and letting the child let the pacifier go, and tell it "bye". Or cutting the end off completely and when they find it, telling them that its broke until you have done that with ALL of them. There are so many different ways to do it, but who wants a three year old walking around with a pacifier in their mouth. A little tough love for a few days and you'll be pacifier free :D



On a second note, you dont want to start an entirely new thing they rely on or have to go to sleep... like patting, bobbing, etc. We just put our little girl in her bed, and she put herself to sleep! Now at 13 months she tells us when she wants to go "nite nite" its always before 8, we lay her in her bed, cover her up, tell her we love her and she is OUT!  its all about routine for them :D

Lauren - posted on 10/10/2009

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We took the pacifier away at 2-3 months, I was always VERY against pacifiers.. I have heard of people JUST giving it at bed time, but then thats an entirely different battle. It will be hard the first 3-4 days to get your child to sleep after taking the pacifier however, after that it is back to normal. My daughter used to wake up EVERY single night when she was a baby for a feeding, then when it was time to stop I had a very hard time! It took 3 nights of screaming and crying, it broke my heart but I knew it was best. So if you can stick it out, I would just take it away all together. I have hear of people tying them to balloons and letting the child let the pacifier go, and tell it "bye". Or cutting the end off completely and when they find it, telling them that its broke until you have done that with ALL of them. There are so many different ways to do it, but who wants a three year old walking around with a pacifier in their mouth. A little tough love for a few days and you'll be pacifier free :D

Claire - posted on 10/10/2009

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Yikes! i dunno but i just stopped giving my almost 3 month old one. she hasnt had it for 2 weeks now. its harder to get her to sleep, so i have to hold her and bob her a bit or walk around or put her in the pram to sleep most of the time. maybe help him by putting his thumb in his mouth so he can suck that instead,... and read to him next to his cot... im not up to that stage yet so i hope this helps!

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