The pacifier is one of the most childhood related items. Used mainly to calm the child, this item yields a lot of discussion dividing the parents between those who abhor the soother and those who love it. Today we will not talk about the pros and cons of this object, but rather how to take the soother off the childwhich is one of the hardest things.
Are you going through this? Don’t you know what else to do to take your child’s pacifier off? Then learn in this article several tips on how to make your child leave the soother effectively and practically!
Why is it important to take the pacifier off the child?
Even pacifier fans, there is a concern about prolonged use of this item. There are studies and there are recommendations from health agencies such as the Ministry of Health and the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics regarding the use of the soother.
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According to the health organs, the use of the pacifier can impair breastfeeding. Although this item calms the baby, he may end up influencing early weaning, something that is totally inadvisable. It is important to remember that the use of the soother and bottles is related to early weaning.
However, after adapting to breastfeeding, the soother can be an item of great comfort for the baby, and can even reduce the risk of SMSI (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
But over time, the soother can be a problem for the child. That’s because it can impair the development of speech and dentition. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind that the child will have to leave the soother before it starts to become a problem.
When to take the pacifier off the child?
A fairly common doubt about taking off the pacifier is the right time to do that. Is there a right time to remove the object? According to experts, the sooner the better, because it will be easier and will have less impact on the child’s development.
Some parents remove the object between 5 and 6 months of life, while others prefer to do the removal there for 3 or 4 years. There is no general rule, but it is known that early removal is the best way to avoid problems in dentition or speech development.
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Paediatricians advise parents to remove the soother before the child’s first year of life. This is because during this period it is easier to adapt the child and the object will not have caused developmental problems. According to the medical recommendations, during this period the child still does not have the “attachment” that is developed from the cognitive ability.
For children over 18 months, for example, this task becomes more difficult. From the age of 12 months the child already begins to develop attachment and this makes it even more difficult to remove the object.
How to take the pacifier off?
At first it may seem almost impossible to leave the child without the pacifier, but believe me, with perseverance and a lot of patience it is possible to remove the habit. Here are some tips to put into practice!
1. Don’t be radical
Some people may think it’s best to take the pacifier off at once. But this can cause many problems, such as incessant crying, tantrum, difficulties to get used to and much more. Therefore, the most recommended thing is to remove the item little by little.
For example, tell the child that he can only use the pacifier to sleep. After the child falls asleep, just remove the soother. This will reduce the impact of the object on the child’s development and provide a smoother transition.
2. Take off the pacifier clip
For children who use a pacifier clip, say goodbye to this object. This way the child will not always have the pacifier at hand.
3. Exchange the pacifier for another object
You can talk to the child about something he likes very much and make an exchange for the pacifier. Ideally, you should explain that the child will no longer be able to have the soother, but will receive a much cooler reward. The best rewards for this are simple gifts, outings, games and moments of great joy.
4. Talk to the child
For older children who can already understand certain things, the right thing to do is to talk. In such cases, you can agree with the child one day before removing the pacifier. You should inform the child that the next day will be the farewell to the soother, so you can start a countdown.
5. Do not answer if the child talks with the pacifier in the mouth
Arrange with the child that you can only hear her if she has no pacifier in her mouth. Don’t try to understand what she’s saying, just say you can’t answer because you can’t understand. Say that the pacifier is interfering with the speech, so the child needs to remove the object if he wants to communicate.
6. Argumentation about child growth
Children love to feel older, and that’s a great argument to make her leave the pacifier. Tell them that the child is already grown up and that older children no longer use the soother. It is also important to encourage and encourage the little ones by saying that they can get rid of the object and simply don’t need the soother anymore.
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7. Take advantage of opportune moments
Sometimes the opportunity presents itself and you can take it to remove the pacifier. For example, when the child catches a cold, the child loses interest or even when the soother is too old. You can use situations like this in your favour to remove the soother from the child’s life.
Put all these tips into practice and slowly remove the pacifier. Don’t feel bad if it doesn’t work out at first. Remember that the deconstruction of a habit takes time, it is a period of transition. So having patience and perseverance is fundamental to succeed in this transition that is so important to the child’s life.
My report, about taking Laura’s pacifier off
Laura, as soon as she started at the daycare center in 2019, has already started the process of giving the pacifier just to sleep. So I took the opportunity to do the same at home, thus reducing the use.
At the end of the year I enjoyed Christmas and talked a lot, talking about Santa Claus, who would bring the gift she asked for if she delivered the pacifier, and then she accepted, and even became his friend, because she was dying of fear. kkk
And on Christmas Eve, we did the whole ritual, put the little shoe in the window and waited for it to pass. Check it out:
I confess, it was not easy, three days of crying, but it was only three days, and then it was over. She forgot! We need a lot of calm and patience at the end of it!