reintroducing pacifier

Kati - posted on 02/08/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Has anyone ever reintroduced a pacifier successfully??

At 10 months, my daughter all of the sudden refused to take a pacifier. I decided that it was fine because then I wouldn't have to wean her later, but then realized she was nursing A LOT more. She is now a year old and I am going back to work in a month and thought maybe it would be helpful for my husband and other caregiver if she used a pacifier. I just tried today and she definitely doesn't want it. Should I keep trying or just be glad she is fine without one? Thanks for the advice!

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Krissy - posted on 02/11/2011

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no no no no no no!!! LOL!!!

You'll get her reintroduced and she'll fight you to keep it forever, you'll be one of those parents pushing an 8 year old around in the cart with a paci in it's mouth! (honest, I've seen it)

If you have a good caregiver, she will find something to soothe the child just fine. Trust me, I keep older kids now, but used to care for little ones... it didn't take long for them to cuddle up to me and be content rubbing my collar, twirling my hair, etc... for just as much comfort... Of course, I wasn't mom, and never would replace mom... but the kids had a great bond with me and they were very loved and happy.

Amy - posted on 02/11/2011

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be glad she's without it!! So many people post on here on how to get rid of the darn thing. find a sippy cup with something fun on it that she can enjoy. good luck

Amanda - posted on 02/11/2011

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I wouldn't try to reintroduce it. Maybe try introducing sippy cups for those extra nursing sessions?

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Thanks for your voices of wisdom, it all makes total sense! Sometimes I just get stuck and can't figure things out. I'm glad that I have people to ask for advice, thanks so much :)

Christine - posted on 02/11/2011

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I think giving it back to her now would just be asking for trouble later on. She doesn't need it and probably is just going through a growth spurt. I say, dont mess with a good thing!

Kim - posted on 02/09/2011

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If she is fine without it I wouldn't try to get her to take it. That is the age when you try and get them off the paci. Once they have teeth it is good to have them off, it can mess up their teeth.

I would try to maybe find her a wooby or blanky. Something she likes that will comfort her in your absence.

Crystal - posted on 02/09/2011

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I don't think you should keep trying. If she doesn't want it keep it at that and be glad. Those things can be very hard to part with, you are one step ahead. haha. I would try to do more sippy cup, Maybe juice, strawberry milk, maybe water with ice... they like the noise the ice makes in the cup. It makes it funner. haha is that even a word. Anyway move forward with the experiences don't go back.

Sarah - posted on 02/09/2011

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I wouldn't try to reintroduce the paci. If she's weened from it she's not likely to take it back. As far as nursing goes it would be a great time to introduce a sippy cup. It will be a new and fun thing for her, and will likely reduce the nursing.

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