How to Get a Toddler to Stop Using a Pacifier

These simple items of plastic can trigger a variety of emotions so trying to get a toddler to stop using a pacifier can often be a real problem.

A few parents detest the thought of their toddler using a pacifier – usually for aesthetic reasons as much as anything – and would rather that a thumb or finger is sucked. Other people come to consider the pacifier as their saviour and a device they simply cannot bear to think of being without (woe betide the mother or father that forgets the favourite pacifier on a prolonged car journey or day trip).

A few of the parents in the latter group will have initially been in the former, but could have succumbed to the unquestionably attractive temptation of an instant soother that does not require a breast! Babies themselves will have strong personal preferences. Some babies appear to have a definite requirement for ‘non-nutritive’ sucking.

  • The comfort given by the pacifier can be addictive – you can be certain that if social embarrassment and parental pressure to quit hadn’t taken effect by the post-toddler phase, some young children might happily go to school with a pacifier in their bag.
  • Other toddlers simply don’t like pacifiers, regardless of how eager their mothers and fathers are for them to have one. It’s easy to recognize if your child is one of these.
  • Though it is easier in theory than practice, you need to try to limit the use of a pacifier wherever possible, no matter what type you use.
  • Limiting it to sleep periods is a great rule, nevertheless get ready for the fact that it will likely be extremely tempting to break this principle anytime you have to face a grouchy toddler.
  • In the long run, it is well worth considering there exists some data showing that toddlers who become extremely dependent on their pacifier could be slower to acquire speaking skills compared to other young children.

Source by Cheryl Brady

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