From the article: Helping Your Toddler Give Up the Pacifier
Doctors usually recommend that children stop using a pacifier and bottle before their first birthday. Share tips on helping little children give up these and other infant habits -- like sleeping in a crib or hanging on to a lovey. Share your tips
it's easy if the time is right
- My son gave up the bottle on his own--at 8 months! The pacifier took a lot longer. But when he was 3, we took a trip and forgot to bring any binks with us (it truly was an accident). Being away from home and having no choice, plus the fact that he was already 3, made it a simple transition. When we got home we just told him the pacifiers were lost and reminded him that he didn't need them anyway. (P.S. His teeth are fine and he talks a blue streak, so keeping the pacifier until 3 didn't hurt him at all.)
- —Guest ellen
Out of sight out of mind
- Do it quickly and all at once. Don't look back but be ready to sooth some tears.
- —Guest Maria