Pacifiers-Can’t Live With Them…

27 Dec


Are you struggling with getting rid of your baby’s pacifier?

Are you getting lots of advice about how to get rid of it?

Are you regretting having ever started it in the first place?

Don’t regret having started it…

  1. Decreased incidence of SIDS
  2. Decreased your anxiety and helped to soothe your baby
  3. You cannot cut off your child’s thumb

Getting rid of the pacifier can be done in many ways but I’ve found a couple of strategies that can be helpful.

#1-Switch the pacifier first to “In-Bed Only”-Don’t try to quit everything all together at once.  Let’s take this a little bit gently.  Be careful about getting it out later because the child is fussing for it or you will find yourself giving in.  With a child who is particularly persistent, I would probably just get rid of it all together or else you will end up being at the mercy of a child who knows where the pacifier is and will stop at nothing to get you to get it for them.

#2-Now let’s work on the night time.  At this point, I think the best thing is to just get them out of the house all together.  If you and your child knows they are somewhere that can be reached, they will stop at nothing to get you to get them.  Another strategy at this point is to send them to grandma’s for a weekend and “forget” to pack them…

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11 Responses to “Pacifiers-Can’t Live With Them…”

  1. Megan Boyd December 31, 2012 at 5:00 am #

    My (almost) 6 month old has been a good sleeper since he was born…until he hit about 5 months and started to wake up 2-3 times a night just bc he wanted his pacifier. I took a few nights to train him to sleep without the paci and we are now paci-free at night, but he has still been waking up one time to nurse. I am about to take that out too bc of the advice you gave in your sleeping post. Is it ok/realistic to think my 6 month old should sleep through the night without a paci and without a feeding?

    • jrsmith120880 December 31, 2012 at 5:12 am #

      Yes, I do think it is reasonable but be aware that making both transitions quickly could be a little rough…

      • Megan Boyd January 3, 2013 at 4:10 am #

        What is considered sleeping through the night? My son has been waking up between 4:30 and 5:30 am. Would this be considered morning and therefore feeding time, or still night and therefore a cry-it-out time?

      • jrsmith120880 January 3, 2013 at 4:36 am #

        That is totally up to you. I’d say if you are a morning person, feed him and get your day started. If you would rather sleep a little later then just work to get rid of that feed as well…Good luck with whatever you choose!

  2. Alison south January 5, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    So when is absolutely too long to be on a paci? My baby Is 27 months and still has it at night!

    • jrsmith120880 January 5, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

      I usually say 2 years…so I guess…good luck.

  3. Alison south January 5, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    Okay… We here goes nothing 🙂 no more nights with her paci:) Ill just blame it on Dr. “mith”

  4. jalane June 28, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    what age would you recommend the paci be gone?

    • jrsmith120880 June 28, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

      I prefer if they are gone completely by 2 years and sooner if possible.

  5. Margo Clay January 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    I am having a difficult time with getting rid of the paci!!! My 2 1/2 year old will just take it out of baby brothers mouth if he wants one :/ Any advice if you have an infant that’s still using one and so you can’t get rid of them completely?

    • jrsmith120880 January 5, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

      Yeah, this is a tough one. We never had to deal with this one specifically but I think if it were me I would just get rid of them all together. The baby will struggle with it initially but having them around for the older is pretty difficult and getting rid of it with him will only get harder.

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