Pacifier, paci, binky, sucker…there are all sorts of pet names and milestones and preferred brands associated with this wonderful crutch. I was thrilled when mine could keep it in their mouths themselves and I didn’t have to do overnight plug-ins. I was even more elated when they could perform the self plug-in. There’s also that pesky milestone of stopping the paci altogether. When to do it? How to do it? And wow, who knew that babies are particular about their pacis and have preferred types. My daughter was an Avent gal. My son is a Soothie man. (he is in the minority as I rarely see Soothies continue past the hospital…but when I do, it’s instant bonding!)
We cut my daughter off cold turkey at 18 months old. It went like this: she turned 18 months and we stopped giving her the paci. We did not employ any weaning strategies such as limiting to naps/bedtime. There was no hanging the paci on a tree to let the paci fairy retrieve and pass on to other babies in need. There was no leaving the paci at some destination such as Disney, etc. Cold turkey.
My son is 2 years old. His crib is currently home to at least 4 pacis. Naptime/bedtime means he is double fisted – one in his mouth and one in his hand. Or if he’s trying to be funny, 2 pacis in his mouth. Recently, my daughter demonstrated the paci hat trick – 3 pacis at once! (for the record, she’s off the paci…see “cold turkey” in second paragraph above) He throws the pacis back into the crib before he gets out and he knows that pacis stay in the crib.
I have not devised any clever plan for cutting him off. As my MIL, who had 5 kids, said “I’m sure he will not go to kindergarten with it” and I agree. (this comment, by the way, would have sent me over the edge if said with my first child) I’m just not sweating it. Some may think my non-chalant stance will backfire and is crazy talk and that failing to plan is planning to fail…blah…blah…blah… Maybe I’m just becoming lazy in my advanced maternal age.
While I’m talking crazy, I should also confess that I’m not even going to try potty training until he’s at least 2 and a half. No need to drag it out for months like I did with my first so why not wait? I’m such a rebel! Smarties, anything you are rebelling against that you care to share?