Ready to say bye-bye to the beloved binky? When you and your pediatrician think the time is right, here's how you can help your baby learn to be binky-less and happy.
Most parents who allow their little one to have a pacifier wonder when to pull the plug. My son was about three years old when he gave his up. However, pediatricians disagree about timing for stopping pacifier use, so check with yours.
Also keep in mind that there are some things you can do that will make it easier for your baby to quit using his binky when the time is right.
Your baby doesn't need to use his binky all the time. Try to keep use limited to stressful times or when he's relaxing — say bedtime vs. 24/7.
Your baby is just as likely to get attached to a blanket or toy as he is a pacifier, but these items won't go in his mouth. Cuddling is also a perfect baby stress reliever that doesn't involve a binky.
A baby who eats and sleeps on time — i.e., before he's too cranky or hungry — is a happier all-around kid, thus less inclined to need a soothing pacifier. Don't let your baby get too sleepy, hungry or bored if you can help it.
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