do you think their is an age limit to where a child should be broke of a pacifier??

Shana - posted on 10/07/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My first child used a pacifier but not long she didnt care for it as much as my younger daughter, my baby is 6 months old and i think she should be off it but she wont sleep and she cries non-stop with out it my family is saying she will let it go when she is ready which is usually when they get off the bottle. Can any1 tell me what i should do?

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Ange - posted on 10/15/2009

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I'm a bit iffy on this one. My daughter is 8 months old and still uses one to sleep. It's a pretty major sleep association for her. I'm starting to get the gut instict that I should try to wean her off it gradually. That way she won't have that to deal with when she's older. Also she won't remember me being a meanie ;) heh heh.
My plan is to put her to bed and not put the dummy in straight away. If after 5 mins she's still really crying for it then I may cave and put it back in. Then I think I'll just try and gradually stretch that 5 minutes out until she's used to sleeping without it.
The problem we have at the moment is that she's teething & waking several times during the night so I have to get up and pop it back in. I see it becoming a problem!!!

Minnie - posted on 10/14/2009

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Considering in an ideal situation she would still be receiving comfort at mother's breast- and for at least a couple of years- no, I would not take a pacifier away from a six month old baby.

Why don't parents ever choose to see this thing through- it's ok when baby is a month old, but once baby has become hooked on it for security then it's unceremoniously snatched away?

Juanita - posted on 10/14/2009

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I'd let her stop on her own, unless she still wants to use it after she's a year.! Then id take it away. After a year it'll start having effects on her teeth. My daughter is crazy over hers too! She's 3 months so she got 9 more months 2 enjoy it!, Lol...

Lucy - posted on 10/14/2009

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I hate the blummin things and dont understand why parents give them in the first place!

User - posted on 10/13/2009

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I would say around 5 or 6 months before your little one knows what it is, that way it is easier to break the habit. Only give it to them when they absolutely NEED it. For example: like when they are REALLY fussy or at night when you are trying to get them to sleep for the whole night, keep giving it to them so they can sleep for a little longer.

Annette - posted on 10/13/2009

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YES THERE IS A LIMITED, ESPICALLY WHEN BABY'S TEETH START 2 APPEAR, DON'T WANT THEM TO BITE IT CHOKE, SO UNTIL THEN, IT WILL HAPPEN, DON'T FRET 2 MUCH

APRIL - posted on 10/11/2009

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Actually a baby shouldn't have a pacifier after a year old it can cause buck teeth and and a over bite. I asked my Mom she works in the dental field. Most people that I know usually take it away between 9-12 months hope that helps.

Naomi - posted on 10/10/2009

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i no a 3 and 4 year old boy who stil has dummies,they have speech problems and deformed teeth already.i would say the age limit is 2.that way they can understand they need to be big girl.easy way to get rid of them at that age is say that they need to leave it for santa to give to a baby or there is a book called the last noo noo-but i dont no if u can get that in the U.S

Sabrina - posted on 10/09/2009

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my sister had it untill she was 4 and thn just threw it away ... but my faughter is one andshe still has it iam gunna start weining her off it around 16 months so she will odd it by 2

Amy - posted on 10/08/2009

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My limit is 2 years. Only because it gives babies a sense of comfort when they are really young, and could do major damage to their teeth after two years. If you are thinking about taking it away, I'd let them sleep with it and have it at night time only so you can slowly take it away and they won't be so attached. :)

Cathi - posted on 10/08/2009

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Pacifiers are good to help prevent SIDS, which is no longer a worry at one year, so I think that that is a good age to break them of it. I hate seeing kids take the Nuk out, say something and put it back in. It will be a struggle, try replacing it with something. At six months the risk for SIDS isn't as great. They have very small blankies now, no bigger than your hand, it is something she can suck on while falling asleep, it is bigger so easier to find on her own in her crib. I leave my guy's in his crib and he only gets it when he is going to bed or for a nap. You could start removing the NUK by using it as a transitional item ONLY. Give it to her only at nap and bed time, then start taking it away one nap at a time. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to get rid of things like that. Good Luck! =D

Jessica - posted on 10/08/2009

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My daugthers and son were off by one. I liked the quiet so I kept it a little longer. When it was time I simply told my kids that it got lost in the rash and they did not get upset about it

Brandy - posted on 10/07/2009

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My daughter refused to use one and sucked her thumb from birth. She is 17 months old now and I still let her suck her thumb to fall asleep and that is pretty much the only time she tries to anyways. But I would like to have her out of it by 2. I think as long as you keep it away from her during the day so that it is not interfering with her learning process then it is fine at her age. It seems when they have it all day whenever they want, they spend less time babbling and learning how to say words which makes perfect sense if you think about it, how can they with something in their mouths.

Sarah - posted on 10/07/2009

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I am kind of inbetween on your question. I think a 2 year old and up having a pacifire during the day is not good. I could even say older than 1 year due to speech and dental issues. My daughter was a very oral baby and needed the pacifire when she was little. Once she turned 2 yrs old we only allowed her to have the pacifire at nap or bedtime. She would chew on her pacifires (a sign I should have made that rule before 2 yrs old I think). But the chewing actually helped with her giving up the pacifire. She would drool so much that her chin would get chapped and eventually found out that if she stopped with the pacifire her chin would feel better. So she gave it up on her own. So I say up to a certain age see if they will give it up on their own, but once a child starts talking on a regular basis no pacifire.

Lisa - posted on 10/07/2009

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i took my daughter's away at one month. i hate pacifiers and to see them in a child's mouth irks me--but that's just me. they are to pacify a baby's urge to suck. so when do you think your baby is over the need to just suck without getting nutrients? I think if it bothers you, you can slowly wean her of it just like you wean a baby from nursing. give her a bottle of water instead. or listen to her howl for a few hours every night until she's accepting that it won't be there anymore. I weaned my daughter like that--got down to once a night, then no more and she'd lay in my arms and scream at me while I snuggled her--she'd scream for two hours the first time, then only an hour the next night, etc. till she was finally sleeping through the night. she was only screaming because she was mad. I was right there with her, so it wasn't like she was left with no comfort or anything.
good luck whatever age you choose--I've heard that its hard.

Rebecca - posted on 10/07/2009

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My daughter used one until she was about a yr. old. One day I just hid it away from her and she never even thought about it. And that was it...never used it again. I guess its just different for each person. But I think anything more than a 1 and a half is too long. Your little is still pretty young...maybe in a few months she might be a little more ready to let it go. Maybe during a family event or something so she is kept busy all day and by the time bedtime rolls around she'll just fall to sleep. That's what I did anyway. It was Thanksgiving and she was surrounded by her cousins and never gave it a second thought.

Courtenay - posted on 10/07/2009

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i believe that they will go off it when they r ready, but long b4 they start kinder and school.. 1-2 is prob the best age..6 months she is jsut a bub and stills need the comfort i believe.. with my son i put him to sleep with his dummy and then slowy take it out so that if he was loses it during the night he wont wake up...

Brittany - posted on 10/07/2009

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my nephew is 3 years old and still has a suckie. personally i think its gross because there is so much drool lol and plus having suckies can cause ear infections, slows down talking, and lots of teeth issues. I decided when my daughter was born that once the suckies were lost then that was it. I would sit there at listen to her cry her poor little eyes out about the sucky and i know this sounds mean but i thought to myself to fricken bad lol. it might not be the method you choose to use, however after a few days she forgot all about it and now just goes to bed. try to see if maybe you can calm her down with a bed time routine and what not in order for her to just nod right off with out it. Good luck girl!! suckies are almost to babies what smoking is to adults. (not really the exact same thing obviously but some what similar anyways lol)

Donna - posted on 10/07/2009

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I wouldn't worry too much about it. My son nly has a dummy for bedtime although i didn't even want that but my husband did grrrrr!!!! Maybe try to take it off her a few nights and see how she goes she may start to soothe herself by sucking her hand or thumb. Or maybe introduce a blanky i will try with my son soon as he keeps waking during the night because he has dropped his dummy its driving me nuts grrrr. Good luck hope its not too painful for you.x

Robin - posted on 10/07/2009

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I dont know an exact age, but I know I was apalled to see a little girl probably about 5 yrs old at the mall with one and I was in total shock, time for her to be a big girl!!! But I think that is more extreme than what you are asking, I think a year or year and half, DEFFINITELY by 2

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