When should I wean my baby off his pacifier?

Adria - posted on 10/09/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )




My son is a little over 8 months old now. He sucks on his pacifier to sooth to sleep, and sometimes during the day. Tonight we were trying to find a pacifier to put him down, and I was wishing that we could just put him down without one. He has been sticking a finger or thumb in his mouth when he doesn't have a pacifier, and I'm also a little worried that he'll start thumb-sucking, which we definitely don't want. Should we start weaning him now? How long does it take?

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Donna - posted on 10/11/2010




There are many timings and methods, most of which are a challenge. At the end of the day I still suck my thumb at 39 years old, so I will give a dummy until they want rid of it.
My eldeds had his confined to bed at about 9-12 months, and eventually had a visit from "the dummy fairy" at 3 1/2 when he was old enough to make the decision himself - the bribery of a transformer only played a small part lol.
Mattie is nearly 3 now, and I will wait until easter time and do the same thing "the easter bunny only comes to big boys....and the dummy fairy needs the dummies to give to babies who have none" or some such nonsense.
If they do have a spell of getting less reliant on them at any point, I would jump on it though as this is easier for all concerned.
All in all my friends and I agree that it takes up to a week to forget it no matter what age we have all done this.
There is no right way, and do not worry as it doesn't affect teeth is they give up before school!

Melissa - posted on 10/09/2010




When he is ready to stop most likely he will. I was lucky that Desi lost interest at around 4-5 months. I still kept one in her crib though until recently. If you really want to start weaning him start during the day. I would just go completely cold turkey. once he is ok with that and doesn't seem to be looking for it any more then stop during naps. eventually he wont care any more. hope this helps and good luck :)

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