I Miss My Son’s Pacifier


Had I known how hard it would be to wean a child off of a pacifier I’m not sure I ever would’ve started.  Let’s just say that after 3 nights of “sleep training” my almost 3 year old, I understand why it’s called a pacifier.

Our bedtime routines have gone from somewhat calm and routine to a lot of crying and screaming for the paci.  I’ve never used bribery as much as I have these past few days because without it, all the other kids would also stay awake for hours on end.  So every morning we start off with a nice helping of two very special jelly beans.  Not the best, but it’s been working.

So, at what point will DS2 be officially off the pacifier?  I don’t really know.  I’m *hoping* that after a few days he’ll stop asking for it every 2.5 seconds.  Then after a few more days he’ll let his brothers fall asleep before he starts his tantrum.  Then finally, after a few more days, he will just go to sleep normally like everyone else.  Am I dreaming?

What tactics have you tried using to wean your kids off the bottle, pacifier, blankie, etc…?  Anything that worked without fail?

Until next time,

  • Tali @ More Quiche, Please

    My son is close to 11 months, and we only use the pacifier for naps and sleeping at night, but we’re still anxious to wean him off of it sooner rather than later. I’m not really sure what that will mean for us, but I can only imagine that waiting makes it harder. Chin up, I bet things will be very different by the end of the week!

    • Yes, you should definitely try and wean sooner than later- learn from me! Of course that’s easier said than done 🙂 With this son there was always something else going on which made me push it off- weaning off the bottle, birth of DS3, you get the picture. So, now I’m hoping each nights gets better and better… Thanks for your encouragement!

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