To pacify or not pacify.
February 14, 2013 8:20 AM Subscribe
When should we dispense of the pacifier for our almost 9 month old?
posted by statsgirl to human relations (27 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Statsbaby is almost 9 months old and relies on his pacifier to get to sleep. He also has a blanket that he snuggles up with, but it’s the pacifier that soothes him. He’s gotten to the point where he can usually put it back in if he wakes up, but probably once or twice a night he will wake up and need us to help him. He is also still doing one feeding a night but we’re looking to wean him off of that soon as well. During the day (with the exception of naps) he doesn’t use the pacifier but will sometimes suck on his fingers.
We tried going cold turkey on the pacifier when he was about 6 months. After three days he was still miserable and . It would take about an hour to get him to go to sleep, and to get to sleep he started sucking on the tag of his security blanket which didn’t seem to be much of an improvement.
We’re considering trying to get rid of the pacifier again as right now he has a bad cold and can’t both breathe and have the pacifier in. But, we’re concerned that may switch out the pacifier for the thumb. We can always get rid of the pacifier but the thumb is permanently attached.