Thursday, January 21, 2010

Saying Goodbye to the Paci

Posted by Mandy at 1:51 PM

This is Samuel.. he's 2.5 years old. He'll be three way too old this coming June. Our dirty little secret...


Yep. Really.

I don't have a recent picture of him displaying his prized possession - but trust me - we see it all of the time 'round here.

My method of weaning from the pacifier with all three kids is to pretty much be a lazy bum about it until they're so old I'm embarrassed they still have it. So, we're almost there.

I wanted to get past the holidays, and then let the shock of my dad dying pass a little before even beginning this process. For the past 2 days, we've been on it! Currently my form of getting rid of it is to go slow. When he's awake - he can keep it on the kitchen table. When it's naptime or bedtime, he can put it back into his mouth. So far so good! He's not thrown a fit yet about wanting it during the day, which is great compared to how his two older siblings did with this step. I just keep him REALLY busy and he's totally fine.

We'll probably sticking with this step for a good long while. To be honest, as I mentioned above, I'm just too lazy to go cold turkey. I don't want to lose sleep, or him lose naps over a paci. Sleep is wonderful - why screw up a good thing? My plan is more of a 6-month plan to being pacifier free. 3 is the magic age in this house. At age 3, it's gone. Also at age 3, my kids usually stop napping. Hence why age 2.5 is NOT the magic "goodbye pacifier" age.

Has anyone else ever waited this late to begin weaning from a pacifier? Any tips or pointers in case things start to go south?


Lori @ Couponomic Stimulus Package on Thursday, 21 January, 2010 said...

None of mine would ever take a paci, but a friend's daughter took it forever. She finally let it drop behind the bed and they said it was just gone. The daughter was fine and never missed it! I've also been told to snip off the end and then the child will say it's broke and be done with it. HTH!

The Brown's on Friday, 22 January, 2010 said...

my sister donated them to babies who need pacies. And a friend snipped the end and it didn't faze hers so she snipped a little each day til it did and he threw it away.

Kerry_Kid Giddy on Monday, 25 January, 2010 said...

i've heard snipping the end off helps - they say it's "broken" it just isn't the "same" and no longer works...
my first used hers until 8.5 months - but I took it away because she was waking too much at night when it fell out. She then became a thumbsucker! Can't take the thumb away - but luckily - I am crafty and made a cover. It worked. Someone else I remember left it on the window for the "paci fairy" - and in the morning it was gone...and it was big kid from there..,good luck! k

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