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Pulling the plug on the pacifier

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.

Set pacifier limits

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.

Provide other comforts

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.

Keep to a schedule

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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