Shannon - posted on 09/01/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )
My daughter is 3 years old and still wants her pacifier at night time when she goes to sleep. Last night was the first night she didn't have one. She went to sleep just fine, but woke up many times throughout the night crying for it and then woke up at 6:45 this morning and said she couldn't go back to sleep because she wanted her pacifier. My husband and I made an agreement awhile back that we wouldn't take her pacifier away from her until she no longer wanted it. We feel like it is the same as a child wanting a specific toy or blanket because it comforts them. I have always been told not to take away comforting toys, blankets, etc because it can be psychologically damaging to a child. I am not sure what to do here. I get a lot of comments made to me from family members that she is too old to be sucking on a pacifier, but I am torn as to whether or not I want to start the process of weaning her off the pacifier. My Mom said that I had a pacifier when I was her age and I eventually just gave it up on my own. Any thoughts?