That's my other suggestion, gradually wean down to nothing in the bottle.
I just used the paci as an example of what we did for/to our kids. My son liked it more than my daughter. My husband and I both flat refused to have a 2+ year old trying to talk around a plug in their mouth. So, we decided that after 1 year old they didn't need it anymore. It was harder for US than the babies. It was VERY convenient, especially in the car, to just stick the plug in their mouth to shut them up quickly. After about a week though, both kids found other ways to sooth themselves. They're now 9 and 6 and Mommy is their security blanket in new situations.
at 1:13 AM on Mar. 13, 2013