At what age should I get rid of the pacifier?

she is 11 months and has to have it to sleep or when she is mad.

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mommasarah08

Asked by mommasarah08 at 5:59 AM on Jan. 31, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Should have never gave it to her...why start a habit....I guess 1 yr old...You know those kids who you see who take them out to talk...how annoying
    Alexmygirl

    Answer by Alexmygirl at 6:41 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • 'Should have never gave it to her" - that is real helpful!
    It is kind of whatever your comfort level is with it. You say that she already only uses it at night and when she is mad so it is not like she is super dependent on it. I see nothing wrong with kids up till about 2 using one for sleep purposes, but that is just me. I reccommend at her age trying to get her to deal when she is mad without it, that way it is just a nighttime thing and never even leaves the crib. Go with what you feel comfortable with and you will be fine. Good luck!
    kboney29

    Answer by kboney29 at 7:33 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • You should take it when you no longer want her to have it. I strongly suggest taking it earlier rather than later when it will be more difficult.

    We took it from ours at 13 months, 10 months and 4 months respectively.
    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 8:07 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • I have a friend who tried to start taking it away from her son when he was 2, but when things would get too difficult she would give it back to him, he broke himself of it as well as needing his comfort blankie when he was about 2 1/2. My son is only 4 months old so I can't help you with personal experience.
    beck_9808

    Answer by beck_9808 at 9:20 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • I pull them at the sign of the first tooth,I dont want my kids to end up w/ crooked teeth.
    Chrystal_A

    Answer by Chrystal_A at 9:52 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • My son never took a paci. But I would say ask your pediatrician, or even better, call a pediatric dentist. They can help you with the transition.
    RCrohn

    Answer by RCrohn at 9:53 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • we didn't take our sons paci away till after 2 years old. He was only allowed to have it at bed times. He was never allowed to walk around with it, or have it with him at stores past age 1. Seriously, I wouldn't worry about it. He's still really young
    Zakysmommy

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 9:55 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • REALLY HELPFUL alexmygirl...geez, it's going to be one of THOSE days....

    Is your daughter waking up every time it pops out of her mouth during sleep? If so, this would be a good time to "lose" the paci. It's easier to "lose it" now then when the child is older. At her next nap (or bedtime), try to lay her down without offering it to her, and see how it goes. See how long it takes her to realize, "Hey, where's that sucky-thing???". If she fusses like crazy, let her have the paci. But, keep trying to delay offering it to her...see if this helps.

    Have a good day :-)
    Fallaya

    Answer by Fallaya at 9:59 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • You have a lot of different options. Many children give it up on their own before they turn 1.


    If you take it away now and let her cry it out you run the risk of starting a thumb sucking habit, but on the other hand if you let her keep it she could potentially have it until she is 3.


    You could also switch it out for a bottle of plain water or sippy cup.


    However you do it and whenever you do it there will most likely be a lot of crying if it is forced.

    ReachtotheStars

    Answer by ReachtotheStars at 10:04 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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  • i would not worry i was four when i gave mine up and my teeth are perfect she will give it up when she is ready
    kelseymoma

    Answer by kelseymoma at 10:23 AM on Jan. 31, 2009

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