I Successfully Weaned My Child from a Pacifier Using This Technique

Baby Boy Mustache PaciferWhen I took my son to his 18 month old check up, my son was happily sucking on his pacifier when the doctor walked him.  She took it out of his mouth so that she could look into his mouth and he kept telling her that he wanted he wanted his “paci” back.  She told him that if he could ask for it, that he was too old for it.  In fact, she suggested a great way to help us wean him from his paci.  His doctor told me to only allow him to have his pacifier when he was sleeping.

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My son was pretty attached to his pacifier since he was a young baby.  I knew in my mind that I wanted to wean him from using the pacifier before he was two years old.  I just didn’t know how I was going to go about doing it.  His daycare was attempting to help us wean him from his pacifier.  They would either take it away from him or ask him to stick it in his pants pocket.  However, at home he was super attached to his paci and wouldn’t give it up.

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6 Responses

  1. Our oldest had his pacifier until he was three (and his teeth and speech are just fine! He’s almost 19). Our daughter sucked her thumb till she was four (can’t remove it, you know). She finally gave it up to get a big girl frilly nightgown with Ariel on it. You seem to be doing it the smart way, little by little. He will probably stop using it on his own in the next few weeks. :)

    • Christy says:

      My oldest daughter found her thumb on a across the country move and I couldn’t break her from her thumb. With my other two kids, I introduced pacifiers in the hospital so that they couldn’t find their thumbs.

  2. OH PLEASE TELL ME HOW IT GOES!!!! Yes I am shouting – I a nervous about taking it away from my twins. they are 2 yrs and 2 months and I swore by 2 it would be gone. Good luck! You are doing great!

  3. It sounds like he’s ready to give it up, so hopefully you won’t have many problems. I never used one. The first time my daughter got her hands on a pacifier was when she was about 7 months old. She took it from another kid at the daycare, then got ticked off and started crying because nothing came out of it. :)

  4. Theresa says:

    My oldest never used a pacifier. However, my youngest still had it in her mouth when she was 4. It did start to affect her teeth formation so she only got it at night. We broke the night habit a few weeks later when I cut the tip off the pacifier. She didn’t like the way it felt in her mouth, so no more paci use after that!

  5. Cynthia says:

    We never used the paci but it sounds like your little guy is transitioning well. I agree with you : “I am kinda sad that my baby boy is growing up so fast” our son is 2.5 and I miss his “baby” self. They grow so fast.

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