Posted in Dental Health, Toddlers

Weaning away the Paci

My son is currently 18 months and so in love with his Paci! He only uses it at home, for bed time, or in the car! It makes him happy and comfortable but I’m starting to worry about his teeth! How can I take them away without traumatizing him? Most of his teeth are in now and he doesn’t really need it to comfort his pain anymore. What do I do??

  • Laura
    Aug 23, 2018

    We had success just taking them away cold turkey for our 20-month old. We cut off the pacifier from the wubbanub she sleeps with. She does fine without them, but we've realized we've taken away a really useful tool for calming her down when she's upset, so more of a loss for us than her.

  • Brittany
    Aug 23, 2018

    Thank you for sharing! I was actually successful in taking it away cold turkey once when he was 14 months old but he had ear tube surgery and his molar came in right after and we gave it back because we felt he needed it! I’m just scared he will be so sad. Today his peds said at his check up that maybe just limit it to bed time and right now he doesn’t see a problem!

  • Ashley
    Aug 23, 2018

    We’re in same spot but our daughter just turned 2 in July. She only wants it at nap and bed time. Sometimes car rides.

  • Sharissa
    Aug 23, 2018

    We started by poking holes and moved to cutting the tips off shortly after at around 18 months. My little one was obsessed with her paci and barely even noticed once we started cutting the ends off more and more. I think she kind of gave up after the hole poking on using it to suck on. She does still sleep with the plastic part attached to her lovey but there is no "nipple" on it. I was dreading it so much and it ended up being a non issue all together.

  • Brandy
    Aug 23, 2018

    We took my sons away at 18 Months. Started by making him go the day without it during his naps (so sitter had none and none at home during naps) then closer to 19 Months, cold turkey at night. First couple of nights were hard, but then he just forgot

  • Halie
    Aug 23, 2018

    I seen an article the if you cut the tip of the nipped off and give it to them they eventually won’t want it anymore.

  • Kathie
    Aug 24, 2018

    My son was like this. Has his paci only at home and during naps. He loved it so much that if it was within reach he would grab it. 2 or 3 weeks ago I followed the suggestions of other parents and just took it away cold turkey. I even threw all of them away to not tempt me on giving in. It was tough for both of us for about a week, but now he doesn’t even know they exist! Cold turkey is the way to go. She will be fine. Like anything else, it takes time and patience. Just stick to your guns because eventually it will have to be done anyway.

  • Brittany
    Aug 24, 2018

    Wow thank you for all the responses!! Right now I think I’m going to try to only offer it for sleep times! He left it home this morning instead of taking for the car ride to school which was improvement!! Thank you Mommies!!

  • Jessica
    Aug 24, 2018

    I had a dog that liked to chew them up, so when I was tired of buying new ones and he was getting to old for them, so I just started telling him we don’t have anymore that the dog chewed them all up and he eventually stopped asking. Kids are smart, sometimes you can just explain to them they’re all gone and you can’t get anymore, or maybe a small fib with an imaginary story about how little monsters took them all away 🤷🏼‍♀️

  • Hannah
    Aug 26, 2018

    Cut the tip! Make them think it's their choice to stop.