How To Wean Your Baby Off Pacifier

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Pacifier provides comfort and soothing to your baby, but one day it has to go. How can you make that day easier?
Weaning your baby off pacifier might seem like a daunting task. In reality though, children usually take it much easier than most parents anticipate. We picked some of the best tips on how to make the transition smoother and faster.

  • Pick the right time. Many parents try to do delay saying goodbye to the pacifier. Experts recommend doing it not sooner than when the baby is 6 months of age since using a pacifier at early age reduces the risk of SIDS. Using the binky for a long time can lead to problems with teeth, ears, and even exacerbate speech and language delay. Do not wean the baby off during transition time, for example, if you are starting a daycare.
  • Find the right way. Cut off half of the pacifier, ‘lose’ it, make it taste bitter, don’t give it at night… you’ve heard it all. Only you can choose whether to go cold turkey or allow your child to wean gradually – and knowing your child will tell you the right way. Most of kids are only upset for a day or two at the longest, irrespective which way you go.
  • Be firm and stick to the plan. Once you decided it’s time for the binky to go, do not turn back. Stay strong when the child starts crying and demanding the paci. At night or during nap time, use a video baby monitor with night vision to check on the baby. If yours has a two-way sound, talk to your baby through the monitor first rather than heading to her room right away.
  • Provide comfort in another way. Babies love pacifiers because they help them feel safe, comfortable and calm. When you take that away, you need to offer something else to compensate for the loss. For instance, you can give your baby more hugs and kisses during the transition period, or start reading together at nap time. Reading is an excellent excuse to cuddle in the bed and stay close to each other that will help your baby.