2 yrs 8 months.
He stopped when I lost the last one he had. I told him 'I think the paci fairy came and took it to the babies who need it'.
There were moments of him wanting it and me wishing I had it.....but I was NOT going to buy another one.
In the end, the 'trauma' of going without wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Of course, my 'goal' was to have him off his paci at 18 months, but I didn't make a big deal about it.
It isn't always about when 'they' are ready.......but about when the parent is ready.
At 2 yrs 8 mths I was ready to not deal with it anymore. Prior to that, letting him have it was okay.
He did WAY better than I thought he would....which makes me wonder if I could have been ready much earlier!
I let my daughter decide when she was ready to give it up. I was 4 when I had mine taken away from me and I still remember how awful it was. By the time she was 5, though I told her she could only use it at home and by 7 I was beginning to wonder if she would be taking them to college. I told her when they wore out I wasn't buying any more. She told me that was ok, she'd go to the store and buy them. Finally somewhere around 7 and 8 she lost it. She'd been sleeping with them only the last few years by this time, but she was quite upset. I helped her look for it, but no luck. I laid down with her rubbing her back as she sobbed herself to sleep. We went thru the same thing the next night. On the third night, the mourning was over and she went to sleep without tears. When her pacifier finally showed up about a month later, she told me to throw it away.
My feelings about pacifiers and children is this: children only have a couple of things to help them deal with stress --pacifiers and lovies. We adults have cigerettes, alcohol, tranqualizers, antidpressants, illegal drugs. So, I'm not going to take them away from them when they still need them.
We don't use them, bump!
dd didn't want anything to do with it after 3 months
My son only used his for 7 months...and then he just gave it up on his own.
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