Parenting Questions

Getting Rid of the Pacifier

Starting at around one year of age, many caregivers begin to wonder when they should help their child to stop using the pacifier.

Here are some things to consider in finding out what is right for your child

  1. Using a pacifier is how babies calm themselves down.  You have to find out when the time is right for your child.
  2. To help your child with this transition, try to figure out what other things comfort your baby – a stuffed animal, music, a blanket, a new activity – and then encourage them to use those things instead of a pacifier.
  3. Giving the pacifier up in steps can make the transition easier.  First use it only at night and for naps (starting as early as around 5 months), then limit it to nighttime only, and then finally remove it.
  4. Think of this transition as your child learning a new skill rather than you taking away something they love.  Your child is taking on a challenge that you can help them with.

For more information, check out this Prescription for Learning from the team at Mind in the Making