When Should Babies Stop Using Pacifiers?

That question has been lingering in my mind since I first gave my daughter a pacifier. My husband and I were against the usage of pacifiers to soothe our baby until one day we gave in to calm our daughter from a huge cry-out. After this day, we have been pretty lenient with her using it as she pleased. When she was around 5-6 months, I decided to take the pacifier away during naptime and bedtime because I realized that she was waking up every time it would fall out of her mouth. This resulted in bad nights and crappy moods for the both of us. Once I eliminated the pacifier during these times, she was able to sleep through the night peacefully and would wake up extremely happy in the morning. Amen to that! Regardless of limiting the use of her pacifier during sleep-time, she would still use the pacifier throughout the majority of the day.

18 months in and my husband kept getting extremely irritated at the fact that we had to negotiate with her every time we needed to feed her or brush her teeth. We also noticed that because of the pacifier, she wasn’t trying to say words. It was easier for her to point at things that she wanted.

So this past week, we decided to gather all of her pacifiers that were around the house and hide them. We went cold turkey. The funniest thing is that she didn’t even seem bothered. Therefore, it made me think that I was the one that didn’t want to let it go. It was to soothe and help me.

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My daughter honestly asked me once or twice for her binky and I showed her that they were nowhere to be found. A week has passed and she’s been perfectly fine without them. She has been way more communicative with us than before. She even looks prettier without it. I am so happy that we made this decision now instead of waiting for the attachment to get worse.

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I Googled a million things about it and I learned that we can all agree that pacifiers are used to soothe babies. However, pediatric dentists recommend limiting pacifier time once a child is 2 and eliminating it completely by age 4 to avoid dental problems. If we can avoid that, I’m all for it. So if you’re having the same thoughts about eliminating pacifiers, GO FOR IT! It might be easier than you think.

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One thought on “When Should Babies Stop Using Pacifiers?

  1. Adolfo says:

    Your article about the pacifiers is insightful and accurate about the effect on the formation of babies’ teeth and their bite. Most important is your observation regarding speech and communication. Pacifiers present an obstacle in that important stage of a child’s age, when language, linguistics, and communication skills are embedded in the child’s brain.

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