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When is the best time to put the teat away? There is a lot of advice on this subject, and experts have different views ... What to decide?
Before the teeth come out
They have the strongest sucking instinct for the first months of life. Thus, around the fourth month, it begins to expire and disappears completely around the second birthday.
Speech therapists indicate that it is wise to take the teat before the first tooth comes out, and certainly when the first teeth appear. Unfortunately, when we face such a challenge around six or seven months of age - it can be too difficult ... for parents. That's why they often decide on a different date.
Is it worth trying around the fourth or sixth month, when the child is still small, and at the same time interested in the world enough to forget about the pacifier?
The decision is up to the parent. Certainly later, when the baby grows up and the pacifier becomes a comforter, and not just a way for a strong sucking reflex, it can be much harder ...
Until first birthday
Another good moment to give up the pacifier are around the first birthday, when the toddler's independence increases significantly, the child is interested in exploring the world, usually walks (alone or supporting the furniture) and it is easy to divert his attention from the pacifier, taking care of the child with something else.
How to give up a pacifier?
The best method is to systematically reduce the use of a comforter. Initially, it is worth giving it up during the day, leaving it to go to sleep, then do not give the baby a pacifier at night when he wakes up. The next step will be "replacing" the pacifier with another comforter: a blanket, a colored diaper or a small cuddly toy.
The best will also work here ... consistency. If we decided to take the pacifier, it is best to throw all "didids" in the trash so that we do not give up the previous decision in the moment of weakness. 2-3 nights and a few harder days are enough and everything will return to normal.
For older children, parents try more sophisticated tricks:
- they go shopping, where the child gives the pacifiers at the checkout and in return chooses a gift,
- they cut off the tip of the teat,
- tell the story of the mice that ate all the pacifiers in the area,
- put the teats in a bag and leave them on the balcony for the night. The next day, the child finds something small in the bag.
- the pacifier often take the fairies or ghosts ... The children give the pacifier themselves, also drawing a picture for the fairy tale creature.
How not to give up a pacifier?
It is very important to wean the child systematically. It will be traumatic for the child to pick up his favorite comforter from day to day, if so far the toddler could use it at will. Also, soaking the teat in various tasteless substances is not the best way ...
It is also important to choose the right moment. Do not take the pacifier on days when we give up breastfeeding, when the baby is sick, we move, we are on vacation or the baby sleeps with grandparents.
In addition, it is worth giving up the bottle first (if you use it), and then the comforter teat, so as not to change one habit into another.