Jill - posted on 03/24/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )
My son is 14 months old and has been using a pacifier to fall asleep with since about 6 months old. He doesn't use it all night, but only uses it to fall asleep. We haven't had any issues with it until the last few weeks when he has decided to play the pacifier game (i.e. throws it out of the crib and won't fall asleep until someone retrieves it for him). We have a solid bedtime/naptime routine that includes diaper/change and/or bath, short book, rocking to his nighttime music for a few minutes, then placing in the crib awake. He sleeps with a glowworm and a small blanket (and usually a pacifier or two).
I know I need to cold turkey it, but do I let him cry it out or do I eventually go in and try to sooth him after so many minutes of crying. Do I sooth him by picking him and rocking him or do I try to rub his belly/back and talking gently to him. For those that have done this already, how many nights/days did it take your child to get used to the idea of no pacifier. Was bedtime different than naptime? Harder or easier?
Any suggestions is greatly appreciated.