Has anybody started taking away the pacifier?

Tanya - posted on 05/10/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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I've been reading some articles on pacifiers and it says the earlier the better. My baby just turned 6 months on april 29th. I know it depends on the kid but i was just wondering if anybody is trying it and how you are doing with it.

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Debbie - posted on 05/25/2010

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I try to only give Willow her binky when she is going to bed. It's good for them to have it at night....I read somewhere that when they have binkies at night it helps to prevent S.I.D.'s. She likes to have her binky when she sleeps but we don't give it to her all day.

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My daughter (2yo) had one until she was 6 months. And one day I just stopped giving it to her. WE had two difficult days but that was it it was gone. My son (7 months) used to have his all the time but I now have that he only gets it in his cot. I've noticed that he spits it out once asleep. I even tried taking it away. All was fine for naps during the day but at 7pm if he didn't get he just didn't sleep. So I'm sticking to having it just in the cot for the moment. But I really would like it gone soon.

Lauren - posted on 05/24/2010

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my son is seven months and we actually didnt meant o take it away, but my cat loves latex, she decided to chew it up and we didnt have one for almost a week. he got over it and didnt end up needing it anymore.

Natasha - posted on 05/23/2010

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None of my children ever wanted a pacifier! My mom said I had my pacifier til I was 5! lol I'm so glad my teeth still turned out perfect! Never needed braces! =)

Ida - posted on 05/22/2010

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I never gave my now 7 month old son a pacifier. Once his cousin dropped hers, he picked it up (didn't know what to do but bit the handle) and once manage to use the proper way he gave the look of disgust and threw it away! LoL. I think the best way is to slowly hide the pacifier away until your child seems to really need it. During the day maybe give something else to replace it i.e teething biscuit? My mother told me she used to throw my pacifier and bottle into the toilet bowl. I stopped using both right after. Haha~

Sasha - posted on 05/22/2010

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My daughter is 7months and she hardly uses a pacifier, the only time she gets it is when she's going to bed for the night. And even then she spits it out herself. She doesn't like her thumb or anything, but she has been like that since she was born, she only liked just one specific pacifier anything else she would spit out. Now she could care less about it. If a child is three and still sucking on a pacifier then there is a problem but your baby is only 6months don't rush anything.

Lisa - posted on 05/22/2010

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I took it away cold turkey. I think babies this age can learn to self soothe so we went for it just after he turned 6 months. It was about a week of fussing at bed time (naps were fine strangely) but we're soother-free!

Emily - posted on 05/21/2010

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my daughter never really liked it appart from to sleep but im trying to break thumb sucking by giving her the dummy. i dont think its a problem til about 2 yrs old

Amanda - posted on 05/21/2010

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We took Aidan's away when he turned 4 months old. The first few days he didn't go to sleep easy, but after about a week he did just fine

Olivia - posted on 05/21/2010

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Both of my children did not like the pacifier. But my nephew had to have a binky party with lots of people coming over to encourage him to get rid of it. I think he was at least 5 at the time.

Josie - posted on 05/21/2010

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My son doesn't like the pacifier his first wks @ home he waz taking it nd after a month he didn't want it anymore so I kept it that way nd he don't use it

Val - posted on 05/20/2010

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My oldest had his "sucky" until he was almost 2! One day I just decided that enough was enough and took it away. He never fussed for it or anything! There are times when they do need it just to calm them down, so I would say there is no rush to get rid of it just yet! He's just a baby after all :)

Diane - posted on 05/20/2010

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I never really gave my son the pacifier from early. I have jus began to give it to him for the past 2mths. He only has it when he fusses, or when he is falling asleep, but basically he is without it more than he is with it.

Bobbi - posted on 05/17/2010

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My pediatrician told me that pacifiers actually prevent SIDS, because it keeps a babies mouth active and reminds them to breath. Since SIDS can happen anywhere from birth to 2 years, I don't think it's a problem letting them keep it a little longer. I am in no rush since she uses it as a toy most of the time anyways.

Jaime - posted on 05/17/2010

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I took my son's paci away a few days before he turned 6 months old only b/c i wanted to get my 18 month old daughter off of hers. I didn't see how she could adjust if he was still using one. The funny thing is that they say its harder when they are older but in our case, it was the complete opposite. My daughter cried it out the first 2 nights and at nap time for a few days and that was it. My son on the other hand had a harder time falling asleep and wakes more often at night, needing to be rocked back to sleep. Its been 3 weeks and he's been falling asleep with a bottle in his mouth and sucking his fingers a lot more which are 2 things i was trying to avoid by giving him the paci in the first place.



Great trick that worked fro my daughter - For a few weeks, I would have her put her paci in a tupperware container when she woke up and she would pick one out at nap and bet time. Then one day i helped her put the lid on and talked to her about being a big girl and asked her to throw it in the trash and she never looked back :)

Elizabeth - posted on 05/17/2010

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When they are babies it is good for them to have one it helps reduce sids, my little boy wont really take it until recently. I got my daughter off her's @ 12 months she did fine with giving it up she only had it at bedtime

Alicia - posted on 05/17/2010

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At the 6 month check-up, our pediatrician said start taking it away any time starting now, but definitely before 1 year. What we've done to start is limit it to only when he's in the crib. The paci doesn't leave the crib. He has is at nap time and bed time. That's it. That way he's not dependent on it during wake time. Soon we'll phase it out altogether. Good luck!

Dianne - posted on 05/16/2010

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My boy is almost 7 months and still got the dumb tit dont bother me one bit! Im not worried about taking it from him yet, he lives for his. Wont sleep with out it!!! i will talk it before his a year, but for now im fine with letting him keep it! :)

Laura - posted on 05/14/2010

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We took our daughter's paci away at 6 months. One day we just stopped and that was the end of it. We were having problems because her twin brother (who doesn't like the paci) kept taking it out of her mouth and throwing it!

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My son started taking it our of his mouth and playing with it around 5 months. I took it away around then, figured he didn't need it anymore. He never missed it. My second and third baby never took pacifiers (never wanted them). My daughter is a finger sucker and we are still trying to break it (she is 3). My baby boy likes to nurse when he is tired or upset and we are trying to get him to sooth in other ways...mostly cause I want to ween him. The pacifier in my opinion is the easiest one to break. Watch for signs that he doesn't need it anymore so you know when to take it away.

Melissa - posted on 05/14/2010

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My 6 month old never wanted to pacifier but I'm having to same problem with him falling asleep with the bottle......the health nurse says cold turkey so that's what we did. Lots of crying the first week but he's getting better

Monica - posted on 05/14/2010

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I read in a baby book I have that a binky can only be taken away before 9 months or after 2yrs. Anything in between is detrimental and they have a hard time letting go of it! My 1st son I took it away at 20 months, it was really easy too, but up until then I hated it because he had it all the time, so I didn't give this baby a binky.

Rosana - posted on 05/13/2010

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I am trying to give it to my lil boy less and less, in fact, just to sleep, and once he's sleeping he spits it out. Maybe if he's upset I give him it too. Sometimes he doesn't want it at all....

Pamela - posted on 05/13/2010

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I have twins and I swore that I was not going to use one. My oldest son was never interested in one. However my girls use them for going to sleep. But the last couple weeks they seem more comforted with one during the day. My doctor told me that sucking motion will help calm themselves and is very soothing to them. I would prefer them sucking on a soother them their thumbs....which is what they do.
I am not a fan of them by any means, however, when I have 2 screaming babies and that calms them down...then so be it :)

Summah - posted on 05/12/2010

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my little on till has hi 7 m today but by 2 i want it gone... i swore black and blue he wasnt having one atall but its been my saving grace sanity v pacifier ( dummy here in aus) im goin with th dummy lol

Leilani - posted on 05/12/2010

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With my oldest (shes 4 now) we only gave it to her to help her fall asleep. We started weening her off it when she was 6 months and it took about a month to do. It was a long month......So with our son we cut him off of the binky by 6 weeks. Best thing we ever did:) It's true the earlier the better. My friends daugher just turned 3 in Feb and STILL uses hers........

Josephine - posted on 05/12/2010

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My son was a big "binky" boy....he always had it and it was hell when he would lose it.....I swear he had hundreds that were just lost!!!! But when he turned 2? We explained to him no more binky...because you're a big boy.....and that worked for him. My 7mth old daughter she was a big binky baby at first....now she only wants it to calm her down when drifting off to sleep...but once she's sleeping she spits it out. There are times where she doesn't want it at all....I say no later than 2...because after 2 they're not really "babies" anymore....you can give them a stuffed animal in its place or a blanky.

Sharon - posted on 05/12/2010

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my little Xander isn't too bad with it but I am trying to give it to him less and less. If he wants it to fall asleep I'll let him have it until he is about 75% asleep, then ease it out. Or if he's upset I'll let him have it too, but he's used it maybe half a dozen times all up in the past week. He was 6mths on April 30th.

Heather - posted on 05/10/2010

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I've been keeping it out of site. if she cries for it when she is sleepy, I give it to her. If she falls asleep and it is just kind of hanging there,,, i take it out. She's not too bad about it really. My brother's son is 3 and still wants his!

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