We have always planned on letting Caden have his paci until he turned 2. We’ve always thought that two was a pretty fair age. He’s young enough so it doesn’t create a huge attachment problem but old enough to understand that pacifiers are for babies. So, that was pretty much the plan until Nate made a very valid point.
“Don’t you think he’s going to be really confused when the baby comes and the baby has a paci but he can’t.” (He’ll be 2 when the baby comes)
Uh, yeah. Good point.
So after much thought. We decided to start the weaning process now so by the time the new baby comes he knows that pacifiers are for babies and not big boys. We were actually doing really well with the whole paci thing but then over the holidays he ended up getting a cold, then the flu / stomach virus and on top of that cut a tooth. Plus all the traveling we did, it was a little rough on him and he had his paci the majority of the time. The down fall is that we took a few steps back.
Operation Paci Drop also known as OPD officially started on Monday. We are now on our 4th day of only having the paci when he goes to sleep for his nap or bedtime. No ifs, ands or butts. As soon as he wakes up, before we even go downstairs or leave his room I tell him to put his paci in his crib. The first day he cried, big tears streamed down his cheeks. The 2nd day he did better and actually gave me the paci but still cried. The 3rd day he was a tad better but still cried. And this morning he dropped it out of his mouth and just starred at it. Thought about it for a minute and then cried. It’s improving. I really think after a week of sticking to this plan he’ll understand that the Paci is for night-night only and it won’t be so upsetting for him to give it up in the mornings.
I’m not going to lie though, I’ve almost given in a couple of times. To see those tears streaming down his face is heartbreaking and I feel like the meanest mom in the world. But I know deep down that if I give in just even a little bit it will only make the process longer. I just have to keep reminding myself to stick with it and it will all be worth it in the end. That this sadness is only temporarily.
On the brighter side he doesn’t seem like he really misses it all during the day. The only time I can really tell that he wants it is if he’s in the car. Especially around his nap time. It’s almost like he can’t get comfortable without it.
Once we get down to just using it while he sleeps, we’ll wait till after we transition to the big boy bed to wean him from it completely. I’m looking forward to that paci free night. But I have a feeling that will be the hardest part because he does wake up in the middle of the night looking for his paci if it falls out of his mouth.
I know there are SO many different ways to break the pacifier habit.
How did you get rid of your child’s Pacifier?