When is it time to let the pacifier go?

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Tisha - posted on 06/03/2009

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My son just gave it up on his own. He didn't have any interest in it until he was like 7 months old or so when I had to stop nursing. Then by the time he was 1 he wouldn't take it anymore. Every now and then he finds one that he hid in his toybox and he'll put it in his mouth and chew on it. So hopefully you'll get lucky and they will just give it up on their own

Katie - posted on 06/03/2009

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absolutely, when they understand that something can be broken, cut it. I have heard of tons of people that do this and it works!

Sarah - posted on 06/01/2009

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a lot a kids have little things they like to have at bedtime, my youngest has a pink teddy she loves to cuddle, personally i think if it's kept in the cot/bed, then it's fine!! the dummy thing, i can't imagine just having at naps will do too much harm, i think it's only prolonged sucking that causes problems! so don't feel awful!! :)

Carlita - posted on 05/31/2009

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Quoting Sarah:



Quoting Carlita:




Quoting Courtney:

My daughter's dentist told me that the sooner then BETTER!! He said that even the pacifiers that claim to be orthodontic or whatever, can still lead to problems with the baby teeth development...which can cause problems with adult tooth development. When he told us that, about the time my daughter turned 1, we cut them out COMPLETELY!! She was a little cranky for the first few days, but after that, she was back to normal. It was a bummer thought, she wasn't happy the first few nights/naps, but after that she was fine...and paci free!! Hope I've helped!!







  Really? Even the orthodontic ones? Thats the ones we bought, Def going to start weaning. Thanks.









i was really surprised about that! looked up on it and prolonged sucking on a dummy (pacifier) past the age of 3 can lead to dental problems. so i agree sooner the better!!






my daughter is one and she only has a dummy at nap time. at least you can take a dummy away, i sucked my thumb for YEARS and had to have LOADS of dentistry work! not nice at all!! :)





 



Wow, well then again I would think by the age of 3 they would be gone. I am trying to wean my son now, ever since I read that. I decided at naptime I will let him have it for a little longer, but at bedtime I won't. This way he slowly gets into the habit of not having it whatsoever.



He also sleeps with his Ocean Wonders Sea Horse {it lights up, plays lullabyes && ocean melodies} he is been using those 2 items since he was born. I am never taking that Seahorse away from him till he wants it away, but the pacifier has to go. At least he still has one out of the two things he loves at bedtime. Right? I feel so awful lol




Sorry didnt mean to get off topic.

Kris - posted on 05/31/2009

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My daughter still uses her binky for her naps and nighttime. She is 16 months old we want to take it away but I'm so nervous because she loves her binky at bed so much. Her teeth are beautiful and she in no way hinder due to having it. But before 2 would be nice to have it gone.

Hannah - posted on 05/31/2009

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i was told after we took it away that a big reason dentists dont like them is because when kids that walk have them in thats one of the first things that hits the ground and can damage their teeth.



we stopped at a year with my first son because thats when he went from a bottle to a sippy cup. it also helped that our second son was a month old at the time. he knew they were for the baby and not for him, he liked to give them to his baby. (we switched the kind to help him tell the difference) by a week or so later he wouldnt take one if you handed it to him and would give you any he found in his toys!! we were lucky but i think this is the right age.

Sarah - posted on 05/31/2009

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Quoting Carlita:



Quoting Courtney:

My daughter's dentist told me that the sooner then BETTER!! He said that even the pacifiers that claim to be orthodontic or whatever, can still lead to problems with the baby teeth development...which can cause problems with adult tooth development. When he told us that, about the time my daughter turned 1, we cut them out COMPLETELY!! She was a little cranky for the first few days, but after that, she was back to normal. It was a bummer thought, she wasn't happy the first few nights/naps, but after that she was fine...and paci free!! Hope I've helped!!





  Really? Even the orthodontic ones? Thats the ones we bought, Def going to start weaning. Thanks.





i was really surprised about that! looked up on it and prolonged sucking on a dummy (pacifier) past the age of 3 can lead to dental problems. so i agree sooner the better!!



my daughter is one and she only has a dummy at nap time. at least you can take a dummy away, i sucked my thumb for YEARS and had to have LOADS of dentistry work! not nice at all!! :)

Pamela - posted on 05/31/2009

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My son handed over his dummy at 10mths, his bottle went to bed time only at 2yrs and gone at 3yrs my little girl just turn 3yrs and the dummy went approx 6mths ago and she still has a bottle for bed. I went by them i really don't care for how long they need those comfort things as long as they don't have them all the time and they are happy, talking on level with normal development etc then who am i to take the comfort things away - who cares when they are 25 how old they were when the dummy was taking away it won't effect them then will it so my answer would be when you are ready!

Christine - posted on 05/31/2009

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we did the at age 1 just for naps and bedtime which was really easy. then he just turned 2 the beginning of may and i said we're ready. so i cut the tip off of his pacifier and gave it to him and he said uh-oh! i told him it was broken and we had to throw it out so he waved to it and put it in the garbage! the first night he cried for about 2 mins. asked for it about 2 more nights, and then completely forgot about it! now its wonderful!

Christal - posted on 05/30/2009

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I would reccomend trying to wean your child from it at age 1 or so. but in my opinion it should be out of the picture by the age 3. one of my pet peaves is seeing a child that has to be about 4 talking with a binki in their mouth. I agree with only using it at naptime and bedtime.

Cheryl - posted on 05/30/2009

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I was convince that I had my 11 month old weaned from the pacifier until I found out that daddy was sneaking it when I wasn't home. Now the rule is no pacifier when I am home because I nurse him instead and dad can offer it only when he is being put down for a nap. Most of the books I've read say to take it away at 4 or 5 months but that is one of they only ways for babies to soothe themselves and they still need it after 5 months old

Carlita - posted on 05/30/2009

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Quoting Courtney:

My daughter's dentist told me that the sooner then BETTER!! He said that even the pacifiers that claim to be orthodontic or whatever, can still lead to problems with the baby teeth development...which can cause problems with adult tooth development. When he told us that, about the time my daughter turned 1, we cut them out COMPLETELY!! She was a little cranky for the first few days, but after that, she was back to normal. It was a bummer thought, she wasn't happy the first few nights/naps, but after that she was fine...and paci free!! Hope I've helped!!


  Really? Even the orthodontic ones? Thats the ones we bought, Def going to start weaning. Thanks.

Courtney - posted on 05/30/2009

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My daughter's dentist told me that the sooner then BETTER!! He said that even the pacifiers that claim to be orthodontic or whatever, can still lead to problems with the baby teeth development...which can cause problems with adult tooth development. When he told us that, about the time my daughter turned 1, we cut them out COMPLETELY!! She was a little cranky for the first few days, but after that, she was back to normal. It was a bummer thought, she wasn't happy the first few nights/naps, but after that she was fine...and paci free!! Hope I've helped!!

Lindsay - posted on 05/30/2009

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I agree with Rebekah. At 1 only in bed and totally gone by at least or before 2! You may get lucky and you child just give it up also. My son took one until about 8 months and then just lost interest and gave it up on his own! I was lucky, I guess!

Rebekah - posted on 05/30/2009

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My plan is from age one on the pacifier is only used for naps and bedtime. Basically if she is in bed she may use it, but not when she is up and about. By or at age two I plan to have her weaned from using them at all.

She is not one yet so we will see how it goes :)

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