Pulling the Plug
Allowing our kids to use a pacifier (or binky, if you prefer) has been an ongoing dilemma for many caregivers since the little "suckers" were invented. They can be a lifesaver for many of us when our kids are small and nothing else seems to sooth them. Or as they get older, to keep them feeling safe and settled. But how old is too old for them to be so dependent on them? And when it is finally the right time, how do you get your little one on board with your binky banishing plans? This UrbanMama writes:
My daughter is almost 13 months old and only uses her "binky" to get to sleep. But she is so dependent on that darn thing that she can't get to sleep (or get back to sleep) unless she has it. I would LOVE it if she just didn't want it anymore, but I don't see that happening in our near future. So I am curious to know what other moms have done to wean their kids off the pacifier, how difficult a time was it, and at what age did they decide to "pull the plug"?