What is an effective method for getting a three month old off the pacifier?

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Dana - posted on 04/13/2009

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One of mine used a pacifier until he was 4 but only at night or particularly stressful doctors visits after about 1 1/2. I just told him big boys don't carry a passy. He didn't substitute his thumb but slept with his blanky until he went to the army and probably would have liked to have it there. I like pacifiers because you can take them away unlike thumbs but 3 months is way to early. I have known mom's that took the passy away and then had to deal with thumb sucking.

Jenny - posted on 04/13/2009

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I TOOK MY SONS DUMMY AWAY AT 3MONTHS, IT WZ MOSTLY USED FOR WHEN HE WAS GOIN TO SLEEP SO I DID THE CONTROL CRYING AND AFTER 3 DAYS HE WENT TO SLEEP ALL BY HIMSELF AND WE NEVER HAD A DUMMY AGAIN :)

Stephani - posted on 04/11/2009

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the doctor told my mom to cut the tip of the pacifier off and to continue to cut a little more off every few day and by the end of the week my sister didn't want it any more. now i'm not sure if they would still suggest this, she is now 26 and, but it might work, but i do agree that i think she is too young for that no need to add stress to the young one.

Monique - posted on 04/11/2009

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you should be careful with them as dummies/pacifiers can make the palet of childrens mouths deformed making there teeth rot and needing braces to correct there teeth later on you should use a otherdontic one instead of a normal one and ween them off after 6 months as anytime after that can create problems

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User - posted on 04/13/2009

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Leave a three month old on the pacifier. They need this time to feel secure and sucking a pacifier at this age soothes them. It is a calming method for them.

Ashley - posted on 04/13/2009

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Quoting Kristin:



Quoting Angela:




I don't like the pacifier.. Neither one  of my daughters had the pacifier.. I tried to give the pacifier to my youngest only because she had acid reflux and threw up everything she ate and wanted more. but, she didn't want it. she sucks her thumb.. I think pacifiers are just a way so the parents dont have to deal with the child..










I would rather my child use a pacifier than suck their thumb, at least you can throw the pacifier away. What wil you do to break the habit of thumb sucking, cut it off? 3 months is way to early to ween them, anytime after 6 months or before their teeth start coming in is fine.






i agree 100% with you!!..i have always said i would rather my child have a soother than suck their thumb because like you said  how are you going to take their thumb away?? it's not a way for parents not to deal with their child, some babies need that for comfort. my son was severely sick at 2 wks old and spent 2 months in the hospital and trust me i'm glad he took a soother! when you are sometimes spending 3 days straight in a hospital and if a soother is going to calm your sick child down then you will use one and trust me even though he took one i still had to deal with him!.  anyways i do think that 3 months is still a little young i personally would wait but that's my opinion. my son is 11 months and still has it and when he understand a little bit more thats when i will take it away. i dont see anything wrong with them but that's just me...

Nicky - posted on 04/13/2009

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I know it sounds horrible, but just throw them away.  The first 2 days will really suck, but after that it will be fine. 

Nicolene - posted on 04/13/2009

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My son is 2 and still sucks his dummy. Been to the dentist, his teeth are fine... I'm gonna leave him on it for the next few months and then I'll start cutting the teet off... Will cross that bridge when I get there. As for now, he does not crave it constantly but it helps to soothe him when he's tired or cranky. I would suggest you leave your baby on it for now, every child needs some kind of a soother, this one can do no harm, as long as you don't leave it for too long... Good luck, and don't sweat the small stuff x

Pamela - posted on 04/11/2009

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Quoting Aarielle-Chynelle:

I didn't start him out on the pacifier. When he was born, he stayed in the hospital almost 3 weeks, and the nurses would give it to him. When he came home, he cried for it all of the time so I gave it to him. I never wanted him to have it. He is addicted to it. I lost it once for a couple of days, and he cried constantly. To avoid this problem, I just want to take him off it, but he cries so much when I don't give it to him.



Thats was my problem too . my son was in the NICU for a couple days and the nurses gave it to him ... i think 6-9months is good , my son cried for it . for about 3 days he's now 11mnths and doesnt have a fav blanky, toy , or teddy he is very indapendent !!

I hope everything works out for you :)

Beatriz - posted on 04/11/2009

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Taking the baby away from the pacifier at 3 months is very early. Plus, I think the pacifier was the best invention for sleep-deprived mothers like myself. in my opinion, if you wanted to ween your child on the pacifier this early, why did you give to your child in the first place.? 10 to 12 months would be a good time to take the pacifier away. But take baby steps and don't do it cold turkey because it can be very traumatic to the child. For instance,hat you can not give the pacifier duirng the day and just give it to him at night. Also, replace it with something he likes such as a blanket, a teddy bear, etc.  They say if you take away something, replace it with something better. 



 



 



 



 





Kristin - posted on 04/11/2009

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Quoting Angela:



I don't like the pacifier.. Neither one  of my daughters had the pacifier.. I tried to give the pacifier to my youngest only because she had acid reflux and threw up everything she ate and wanted more. but, she didn't want it. she sucks her thumb.. I think pacifiers are just a way so the parents dont have to deal with the child..






I would rather my child use a pacifier than suck their thumb, at least you can throw the pacifier away. What wil you do to break the habit of thumb sucking, cut it off? 3 months is way to early to ween them, anytime after 6 months or before their teeth start coming in is fine.

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I didn't start him out on the pacifier. When he was born, he stayed in the hospital almost 3 weeks, and the nurses would give it to him. When he came home, he cried for it all of the time so I gave it to him. I never wanted him to have it. He is addicted to it. I lost it once for a couple of days, and he cried constantly. To avoid this problem, I just want to take him off it, but he cries so much when I don't give it to him.

Pamela - posted on 04/11/2009

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I think taking the soother away at 3months is a little to early , if you planned on taking it away from her this early why would you give it to her in the first place?? But for me i took my son off the soother at  6 months because he was chewing thru them and i didnt want to take the chance of him choking on lil pieces of it while sleeping

Jennifer - posted on 04/11/2009

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I agree with everyone else who says it's too early.  Plus, they've shown recently in studies that pacifiers reduce the risk of SIDS.  All the more reason...

Jolene - posted on 04/11/2009

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Why do you want to take it away? Theres nothing wrong with baby having a soother, especially that 3 months! If it's just because you don't like it, wait untill your baby doesn't need it anymore. They say after 1 year it's just a habbit.

Angela - posted on 04/11/2009

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I don't like the pacifier.. Neither one  of my daughters had the pacifier.. I tried to give the pacifier to my youngest only because she had acid reflux and threw up everything she ate and wanted more. but, she didn't want it. she sucks her thumb.. I think pacifiers are just a way so the parents dont have to deal with the child..

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my son was the only one of 4 to take one, but he spit it out himself at 6 months old. he was attached to it 24/7 before that but when he cut his first tooth he no longer wanted it. I would wait and see if he gets rid of it on his own.

Stephanie - posted on 04/11/2009

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In my opinion there's nothing wrong with the pacifier as a baby and it doesn't cause any problems orally or psychologically, let them sooth themselves! The only problem with them is it becomes a sleep prop. The best way is cold turkey. It'll be a rough few sleeps but it's the fastest and least drawn out process.

Amanda - posted on 04/11/2009

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I took my daughters away at 5 months. From the day she was born she was definitely a sucker (my son never was and never took one). Well at night she would spit it out and sleep the rest of the night no problem. Well the older she got she started getting very attached to it and would wake up  8-10 times a night just for me to stick the pacifier back in her mouth. I thought it was time to get rid of it at that time. I just took and after 2 days she was fine. She is 8 mos. now and sleeps like a little baby all night (12 hours). I personally think the early the better because they will never remember they ever had it and they don't become attached to it. We did replace it with a silky blanket that she sleeps with and rubs on her face. My son has a blankie too but I am ok with that!!! :) Good Luck!!

Mel - posted on 04/11/2009

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my boys were 21/2 and 31/2 when we got rid of their dummies, i had started to only let them have them when they went to bed, not during the day, and if they did try to talk to me i made them take it out to talk to me, it was acually my partner that took it from them just said one night right your not babies anymore we're gonna throw dummies away, so he chucked them in the bin, i did have spares in case but they never looked back and we were easily dummy free, my mate gave her boys to santa.

Jaclyn - posted on 04/11/2009

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hmmm, Im thinking 3 months may be a bit early!  My daughter is 11 and 1/2 months old and she loves her binki...Im sure when I go to ween her off it may be a pain in the butt...but for now its a soothing method for her and thats always good for me!  I hear around 1 1/2 years is a good time to start...

Jacqui - posted on 04/11/2009

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I left it in place of Easter Eggs, and said the Easter bunny took it and left the eggs. when ever they asked at appropriate times, bedtime etc I just said that the Easter bunny took it because they are too big and it is gone. after a week they stopped asking.
You can also say it is lost until they stop asking and that is quite affective also.
Jacqui

Tamika - posted on 04/10/2009

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Your 3 month old??? Im really not a fan of the pacifier, my 1st child did not take too kindly to it( THANK GOD) but my 4 1/2 month old does and it soothes her. At this stage she is at the oral phase. Its not a problem- it becomes a problem if she is 3 yrs old and still requires it.

Angela - posted on 04/10/2009

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My baby never had one i hate them but she probably still needs it if it's during sleep times but I wouldn't encourage it too long past a year.

Shamekia - posted on 04/10/2009

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A three- month old! That baby probably won't be able to be weened until he/she is about nine to twelve months old.

My grandmother always said the best way to take a baby off of something is to not give it to them.

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