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What age is the best age to start weening off the pacifier and what are the best methods?

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:05 PM on Apr. 9, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I don't remember the age my son was when we weened him. We threw away the pacifiers. He didn't miss them.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:08 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

  • I think around 6 months is best, but since you're posting this in the toddler section, I'm guessing your LO is older. I don't think my advice would work as well for a one year-old... I' have friends who dragged it out by giving it to their child in bed for the longest time... I'd just go cold turkey, I think. If you do it really late, I've also heard you can pretend to mail them off (with your LO's help) to "the babies that need them..." Good luck.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:21 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

  • you can snip the tip of the paci slowly, let them get used to sucking on nothing....

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:32 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

  • Right when My daughter got her first tooth is when I threw all of them away. She did fine.

    Answer by Augusta at 11:57 PM on Apr. 9, 2009

  • my son will be a year this month i have already taken him off the bottle but the paci is goin to be a hard one. This is my plan im only going to give it at naps and bedtime instead of any time of day. I think this will have a good outcome because it will be a gradual process. Then just keep stepping down from there. Hope this helps

    Answer by jodie2008 at 1:25 AM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • We would have a bonfire and let the child throw theirs away themselves (after many 'big kids don't have pacifers' comments) There was one who's grandfather kept offering to reward him with a brand new tricycle and eventually the kid didn't want to wait for the bonfire. Grandpa lived on a river and let the boy throw the pacifier in the river 'to feed the baby fishies'.

    Answer by AmberBrat at 1:38 AM on Apr. 10, 2009

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