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What age is too old for a child to have a pacifier?

At what age should the pacifier go? How do you get the child to let go?

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Asked by CafeMom Team at 6:29 PM on Sep. 24, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • after the sucking reflex goes the pacifier should go with it
    aliishott2

    Answer by aliishott2 at 6:30 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • Depends on the child. Some kids won't take one at all, others will need one for years. My oldest was 4 when he stopped needing one to sleep, my youngest never needed one... Every child is different, and I don't believe in "breaking them" of habits which they find soothing and are not harmful... If your child needs that little extra comfort, why deny it to them? No one goes to Highschool with a pacifier.
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 6:32 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • Birth.
    coder_chick

    Answer by coder_chick at 6:45 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • I agree there is no reason to break habits that do not harm the child, Sabrina- but extended pacifier use does. Horrible for the teeth and mouth structure.

    Our children were no longer given a pacifier at 10 months... they were never very dependent upon them to begin with and are a germy mess.
    HistoryMamaX3

    Answer by HistoryMamaX3 at 6:45 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • During the day? 12-18 months At night? college. Though I am quite certain they will give it up before then...
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 6:47 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • after the sucking reflex goes the pacifier should go with it
    itsallabtthem84

    Answer by itsallabtthem84 at 6:50 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • 13 months
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 6:55 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • one bottle is gone so should the paci
    slyvester

    Answer by slyvester at 7:00 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • After they turn one.
    Miss-B

    Answer by Miss-B at 7:37 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • well it depends on the child but after christmas i plan on taking my son's away for good since he'll be almost 18 months old he still takes one when he sleeps though i just don't want him walking around with it in his mouth trying to talk that irritates me my 3 y/o nephew still keeps one in his mouth all the time and one in each hand.. i will not allow my child to be that way
    josiesmommy00

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 8:16 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

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