Before Lucas was born, I had decided that we were not going to use pacifiers. I had my reasons and I didn’t think they were something that would end up being a lifesaver for my sanity down the road. I contemplated pacifiers for a while, and went back and forth with my decision and my struggle on what I should do. I think they look ridiculous and I didn’t want my child dependent on it. I don’t like seeing three year old kids walking around with it in their mouth and not talking.
Someone said something to me that really struck a cord. It was something like “I would rather see my baby with a pacifier in his mouth than see him cry.” And, I realized that is so true. If a pacifier makes him happy or helps him sleep at night or comforts him, than what’s the problem?
So, ever since then Lucas has used his pacifier. He mostly only has it for sleeping and in the car seat, although I do usually carry one with me in my purse for emergencies. I know that if he gets fussy and we’re out in public, all I have to do is give him the pacifier and it will make him happy.
Lucas just turned one and I’m thinking about when I want to get rid of it completely. I see no problem with him having it at night or for naps, but I’d like to stop bringing it with us everywhere and using it in the car. However, I’ve also heard that sometimes going 100% cold turkey and cutting it out all together is best. Our pediatrician today told us that at this age they don’t remember things as well so it’s best to start weaning/getting rid of the pacifier early.
What do you think? When did you get rid of the pacifier and how? How did your kids adjust?