|My oldest, pre-paci weaning|
It has been about 3 months since we broke our two year old from using her pacifier (nicknamed “paci” in our house.) She was 2 years, 9 months old. I refused to have a 3 year old with a pacifier.
Hers was not even a huge issue. She has an amazing vocabulary, speaks very clearly (and adorably, I might add). She only used her paci to sleep and when she was sick. She knew she couldn’t talk with her paci in her mouth and it wasn’t allowed out of her bed. But I still knew it couldn’t go on.
It was a hard first few days. She cried. A lot. We had to bribe her and comfort her and threaten to take away toys but we survived. Naptime is still a huge task and bedtime has its moments but we survived.
You may be wondering, wouldn’t it simply be easier to not introduce the pacifier? I have two more kids to go through this with, of course I would love to avoid the entire scene but is there a benefit to pacifiers? Is there an age that is too old for them? Or too early for them? Should hospitals immediately give them to babies? Should toddlers or preschoolers be walking around with them?