Nichole - posted on 08/10/2010 ( 195 moms have responded )
Okay my son is 11 months and loves his paci. Maybe this makes me a bad mom based on most the posts I read on various paci topics.... But this is my plan for weaning. I plan to do a sort of child-led weaning with a few guidelines... Once he turns 1 his paci will not leave the house unless he is staying the night somewhere and in that case won't be used outside of where he is staying the night. Basically no paci in public for 2 reasons, dirty looks he already gets since he looks about 2 he's big for his age and another reason being maybe it will help slowly lessen the attachment if he can only use it at home. And we tend to take him places during the day (shopping, park, pool, etc). Then if he is still using it at 18 months, it will not leave his bedroom. That way it is just for sleeping and he's not wandering around the house with it in his mouth. And if he has not given it up by 3, then we will do a paci fairy thing or something, but no paci past 3. But I really think he'll give it up on his own before 2 or by 2. He does have a teddy blanket he also sleeps with and as he is getting older he has slowly moved to more attachment to the blanket and less to the paci. I think that will continue, but in case not I have guidelines for the paci. What do you all think?? Please be polite...no bashing. Just constructive critism.