I mentioned last week that we were officially a paci-free household and several of y'all asked for tips on quitting the paci. I wish I had some magic piece of advice and all I've got is wait until your gut tells you they're ready and then make your move... and stick with it.
(Luke - almost 2)
All three of my kids have loved their pacis. A lot. And when it came time to give them up I feel like the key was not making a big deal out of it. I've heard about leaving pacis out for the paci fairy, giving them to the zoo for the baby monkeys, putting them inside of a stuffed animal and on and on and on. We opted with the low key method and for us, it seemed like the less of a deal we made of it, the less dramatic it was for the kids as well.
(Mason - 2 weeks old)
I will totally admit that during the moving process I became totally lax on our "pacis only in bed" rule and I let her have them whenever and wherever. She would "bargain" with her pacis... asking to trade one for a snack or time on her Kindle. The jig was up and I knew it was time to bid adieu to the paci.
(GG - 2 years old)
About two weeks ago I took all three of the kids to the doctor and decided to use her big girl status as the stepping stone for being paci-free. When we got home from the doctor that afternoon I gathered up all the pacis and hid them in the laundry room cabinet. When it was time for a nap she started asking for them and I asked her if she remembered how big Dr. Chad told her she was and we talked about how big girls don't need pacis. She definitely protested and it took her longer than normal to fall asleep that day for her nap and that night at bedtime... but after the second day she stopped asking for them.
That was it. No fairy, no monkeys, no prize. Just cold turkey.
I will say, nap time has been a bit more of a challenge over the past couple of weeks than it was prior to being paci-free. I used to be able to plop her in her bed around 1:30 and she would almost immediately fall asleep. Now, there's a lot more playing and chit chatting and bed jumping before she falls asleep ;)
(Mason - one month)
A few additional facts about pacis in our house...
- When I first had Luke I was completely anti-paci. There were going to be no pacis at our house. Ever. Because I knew that all those other moms who used pacis with their babies were obviously just not trying hard enough. (insert HUGE eye roll at myself here). About two weeks after he was born I caved. I was home by myself, unshowered, drowning in laundry, watching Luke struggle to suck on his hand when I decided to break out the paci I had been given as a shower gift and held onto "just in case". He immediately calmed down and we joined the paci-baby club ;)
(Luke - 3 weeks old)
- We didn't stress about when to take the paci away with any of our kids. We asked our dentist early on and he told us that as long as they weren't still using a paci when they got their permanent teeth we were fine :) He also told us that some kids need that self soothing and if you take away the paci they'll start thumb sucking, which can be a much harder habit to break. We TRIED to leave the pacis in their beds, but after sick days (where they had them more often) or other "off" days we were lax about that rule.
(Griffin - 6 weeks old)
- Luke and Mason both had a paci until they were almost three. We did the cold turkey method with them as well. For Luke, it was January and he was turning 3 in April and he got a horrible cold (like, throwing up from coughing so much) and I told him that his doctor said he couldn't have it anymore. That was it. No big deal. I don't remember the specifics for Mason... but I do remember that he was the most upset about losing the paci and it was the hardest with him because Griffin still had one. Poor little man!
Well, that's all I've got for pacis! Next up on my list is potty training. #prayforme
I 100% thought that Griffin would be potty trained by now... but not so much. We're working on that. hahaha
If you have some great pacifier advice, leave it in the comments! Cold turkey worked for us, but I know others are looking for lots of tips and tricks! Please share, friends :)