If you have a toddler who still likes his binky it's best to try and wean him off once his...
If you have a toddler who still likes his binky it's best to try and wean him off once his teeth start coming in. Sometimes this doesn't always work. Cedar liked a pacifier when I would get tired of breastfeeding. He LOVED breastfeeding but seriously I just could not have him attached to me 24/7. So I let him have a pacifier. But he did not want to wean off of it. In fact he wouldn't quit until age three. I guess it's not always a dangerous as they say because his dentist says he has perfect teeth. But still the sooner you can wean your baby off the better. What finally worked for us was I told Cedar he could buy one toy at Toys R Us using his pacifiers as cash because the toy store was looking for extras. He bought it and went to the store, got a toy, and handed his pacifiers to the cashier while I slipped her cash. That first night (and second) were a little tough but cold turkey worked ok for us. WomensHealth.gov recommends the following tips to wean your baby off his binky friend:
- "Try reducing access time to a pacifier to only night time and nap time, then gradually work the infant up to sleeping without it.
- Have your child trade a pacifier for a game, book or toy that is more enjoyable and productive.
- Have the child spend time with other toddlers who no longer use a pacifier.
- Explain that pacifiers that are used when you are a baby, and one isn't needed now that he or she is older.
- Reward the child for time spent without a pacifier, with things like stickers, gold stars or a stuffed animal.
- Be patient and offer lots of reassurance, but don't give up on trying to break the habit.
- Offer lots of hugs."