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How to Wean your baby from their pacifier.
I absolutely love “paci babies,” (this is the a term my family uses to describe a baby who uses a pacifier for quieting, soothing, comfort, etc.) They are just so much easier to care for. But a dilemma a lot of us moms have is weaning our little one from using their pacifier by a certain age. I think all kids get to an age where us as parents feel they are ready to just not use the pacifier anymore. Sometimes this age is at 3 months, sometimes at 3 years, depending on the parent and child. So how can you remove that “plug” without the tantrums and drama?
First lets get into a little bit of the cons on pacifiers.Why would any parent want to wean their babies from that little bit of sanity? It’s true, pacifier allows us to have a few moments of peace, or give courtesy to those around us by eliminating our babies need to fuss and cry. However, these wonderful baby items can cause a few unwanted problems as well. Such as your their teeth can form an overbite if used to long. Permanent teeth usually begin to come in about the age of 4, and if your little one is still using a binky, their teeth will have a harder time correcting any damage of using a pacifier. Another reason to say goodbye to a paci is because they can cause infection, the risk isn’t high but its still a risk.
Because I love pacifiers I couldn’t write an honest post without throwing in some reasons of why I think they are so great.
Aside from giving comfort, your baby also has a natural need to suck. While I spent time with my preemie in the NICU, I was told that the last few weeks in the womb your baby develops the motion of sucking, (this will help with feedings when your baby arrives.) My baby was constantly given a paci by the nurses to help develop the sucking motion and for comfort.
Studies have shown that the use of a pacifier has lowered the risks of SIDS ( sudden infant death syndrome,) maybe by more than half.How great is that! And possibly the best reason, they make your baby feel good.
How to wean your baby from their pacifier.
Now for the good stuff! How do you actually wean your little one off the binky? I have used one very simple solution for all three of my kids, and it works great. All of our babies start with the smallest size of pacifier. And thats the simple trick. If you want a tantrum free way of doing this, then there is no need to buy a bigger size up for your baby. Leave them on the newborn pacifier. You can find the same ones I use by clicking here.
At about a year old, (sometimes a little longer) your baby will have a difficult time keeping such a small binky to suck on.
If you have already purchased and used a larger binky. Its OK. just remove the larger one and replace it for a newborn one. You may have to deal with your baby having a small frustration, they will realize its not ideal.( But isn’t that what we want?)
They will eventually wean themselves little by little, without tantrum or difficulty to you. You will find this makes it so much easier for both of you, and eliminates the problems a long term pacifier can bring to your child.
I am no expert on the subject of pacifiers. However I do know that this method has worked for all three of my kids. I also know I will continue to use it on all my future babies with a knowledge that it does work. I hope by writing this post I have helped another parent who is struggling with weaning their little one. If you have any questions for me on the subject feel free to comment below.
By the way if your looking for a good gift for a baby shower or gender reveal party,I would recommend these pacifiers with a little card explaining this great weaning tip. I know new parents would love it!
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