depends on the age. I start weaning my kids off at 9 months, and first I take it away while they are happy, they get it back if they're grumpy, hurt, or going to bed. Then that gets changed to hurt or going to bed, and by a year or slightly after, in bed only. My boys spit it out as soon as they fall asleep, so after that I just leave it until they're ready to give it up, I figure the ten minutes until they fall asleep plus a minute or so here and there in the middle of the night if they wake up isn't going to hurt anything. And nobody sees them walking around with it, because it stays in their room. My oldest gave it up completely at 3 1/2. It's a comfort object, if you take it away, they'll want you for that comfort instead, so you may spend a LOT more time cuddling. And a lot more time up at night.
at 1:21 AM on Mar. 30, 2009