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Registered: 03-08-2011
Thu, 09-20-2012 - 11:00am

I found an interesting article about how using pacifiers may supposedly stunt boy's emotional growth.  I'm not completely sure if I buy into all this, but it was interesting to read.  Do you plan on using a pacifier for your child and if so when is  it time to take the pacifier away?  I watched an episode of Toddlers in Tiara's and there was an older child with a pacifier and she kept yelling out for it all the time.  Personally I feel like I would not want my child using it after 1 year.  I guess I just feel like that's long enough and by then they shouldn't need it.  What do you think about how long is too long for a pacifier?


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Registered: 01-27-2012
Fri, 09-21-2012 - 7:59am
I'm still up in the air on this one. On the one hand, it's healthier for a baby to learn to soothe itself (thumbsucking, for example) but on the other hand, thumbsucking can potentially cause dental problems. I think the key point of the article was that the boys were "heavy users" - maybe there's a way we can mix self-soothing and the paci... As for when to stop, I think it's like potty training and depends on the individual child's emotional readiness.

I once read about a great weaning technique - hang the pacis in a bucket on a tree for pickup by the "paci-fairy", who will then distribute them to little babies who need them. ;-)

- JM

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Registered: 01-21-2010
Fri, 09-21-2012 - 10:15am
We have them, but Jackson hardly ever uses them. He is still too little to hold it in his mouth on his own, so when he does use it we have to sit and hold it there for him. Usually only if he is super fussy when trying to go to sleep and wants to suck but doesn't want his bottle or if he gets fussy in the car. He is definitely not attached to it though and could live without it. If he does get attached though it will definitely be taken away by the time he is 1 yrs old. I cannot stand seeing older children with them in their mouths, especially talking with them in their mouths.