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Old 06-22-2007, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Highland Village
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So I know this can be a touchy subject, but I have a 15 month old who is addicted to her pacifier. My questions are this, when did you take the paci away and how did you take the paci away? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 06-22-2007, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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We have not gotten there yet, but I have heard that ~ 2 years is a typical cutoff age. Our pediatrician says that you can do it very early (~4 or 5 months) or wait until around 2 years. Both are good natural cutoff points for varioius reasons, although each kid varies, of course. He said that there is no physical issues until ~4 years (issues with tooth development).

Most of my friends say the only way to go is cold turkey. One 'gave' (wink, wink) the pacificers to a friend with a newborn (who bought a few just like the little girl had). Another friend's child dropped it on the floor of the car during a trip, and when they were cleaning it off 'lost' it out the window of the car (actually, palmed it quite well). Both tactics worked quite well, apparently .
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Old 06-22-2007, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Between Here and There
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My first son never used a pacifier, I tried and he would spit it out. My second was totally attached to his...he always wanted to know where it was. When he was 16 months old I decided he either had to lose the pacifier or the bottle...so I went for the pacifier because I heard it was a harder habit to break. Well he started to suck his thumb...now this I know is an even worse habit so I promptly gave him back his pacifier and took away the bottle, which was no problem because he really was almost totally on sippy cups anyway at that point.

Then we were driving somewhere when he was 21 months old, he threw his pacifier out the window....so I looked at him and told him since he threw it away (which he totally knew not to throw things out the car window after the fire truck incident) that he must not need it anymore. He never asked for it again.

Most dentists agree that as long as they are off of it by two it's ok. But if they go to their thumb you are better off allowing the pacifier, 'cause you can't cut their thumb off...LOL Good luck!
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Old 06-22-2007, 03:20 PM
 
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My brother is a Dentist and he said that up till the age of two there is NO problems whatsover..after two..it shouldnt be used as a plug..I guess the meaning was...there are some kids that have a binky in there mouth while walking thru the mall...and there are others that enjoy it to sooth while they sleep.

My kids used their binkys at naptime and bedtime..and it would pop out of their mouth, I would scoot it in the corner of the crib..and the little buggers would manage to find it in the middle of the night!

Anyway..My little is 2.4 now..and she ONLY used the binky during naps..the summer is the potty training project and binky project..but I went cold turkey with #1..and plan on going cold turkey or do the "uh, it went bye bye (fell down the toilet, out the window, on the floor..whatever" thing.)

LOL Good luck..if you can away with taking it away now...more power to you..but dont worry...kids are not going to need therapy or see Dr. Phil becasue they used a binky! :-)
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Old 06-22-2007, 03:58 PM
 
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I knew from reading the baby books that they said to take it away by 6 months old or they will be totally dependant on it - then it will take you til about 3 years old til they can mentally break the habit.

And it's true - my sister and best friend had their kids with pacifiers til after 3 years old

Good Luck
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Old 06-22-2007, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Phoenix...until next week, then Maryland...tick tock tick tock
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(which he totally knew not to throw things out the car window after the fire truck incident)
Dare I ask about the "fire truck incident"??? LoL

As far as the pacifier thing goes, I would say not to stress about it too much. I can't be of a lot of help, because my son was never really interested in them...he does, however, love his 1st two fingers. Unless he is teething, stressed, or going to sleep, he has more or less weaned himself off the fingers (or maybe they've employed some kind of "aversion therapy" at day care that I don't know about...dunno )

As long as there aren't any pacifiers heading out with your daughter to kindergarten, she's probably ok.
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Old 06-22-2007, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Texas
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So I know this can be a touchy subject, but I have a 15 month old who is addicted to her pacifier. My questions are this, when did you take the paci away and how did you take the paci away? Thanks in advance for your help.
I would be too embarrassed to tell you what age..
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Old 06-22-2007, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Between Here and There
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Dare I ask about the "fire truck incident"??? LoL
The fire truck incident was a few weeks before our trip. My little terrorist toddler threw a fire truck out the car window....where a very nice police car decided to stop, pick it up and then stop me to return it. Oh joy.
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Old 06-22-2007, 04:42 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Personally, I never gave my daughter a pacifier. I just don't see any good coming out of it. My sister in law and a lot of other people on my husband's side constantly put pacifiers in their kid's mouths ( I mean, ALL DAY LONG). I just hated seeing these kids musseled up like dogs. So, I decided that I would not give them to my kids. And even though everyone knew how I felt about them, I still got them as gifts for my baby shower because everyone kept telling me that they were "lifesavers"..But I stuck to my guns and didn't give her one. Luckily, she doesn't suck on her thumb either.

I had read some articles that too much pacifier use would delay speech development and I must admit that my sister in law's kids started speaking very late. The younger one is almost 2 and he can barely say 10 words. His pediatrician told my sister in law that my 18 months, he should be saying 40 or more words!

This is just my opinion and what I feel is right for my kids but obviously, everyone must do what they feel is right for their own children.
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Old 06-22-2007, 04:49 PM
 
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I had read some articles that too much pacifier use would delay speech development and I must admit that my sister in law's kids started speaking very late. The younger one is almost 2 and he can barely say 10 words.
Not saying you are wrong but interestingly enough my first son who never had a pacifier was late speaking and my little guy with one wouldn't shut up from 1 years old!...LOL Goes to show you they are all individuals no matter what the articles say.
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