Weaning Off Pacifiers

Bye-Bye Binky

I tried to avoid it as long as I could but I realized a pacifier was the only thing that would calm him. My son is now 2 and we are trying to wean him from the pacifier but it’s proving to be very difficult. For the most part, it’s “out of sight, out of mind”, but without the pacifier, he is just sticking everything else in his mouth anyway. He also as gotten used to having it during stressful situations such as transitions during the day, so he will ask for it when children are arriving and departing from daycare.

I don’t like that he has developed this dependency, and of course, the pacifiers go missing frequently so I always have to have a supply on hand. It’s hard to take a picture of him without it in his mouth and I don’t want all of his baby pictures to be of him with a pacifier in his mouth. It’s hard to understand his words when he has a pacifier in his mouth. There are so many reasons why I think it’s time to get rid of them, but I’m relieved to learn that I don’t need to be in a rush.



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