Is the pacifier helping your baby sleep?
Or causing multiple wake-ups for the whole family?
If your answer is “Yes, it is helping”….then don’t change a thing. 🙂 But if your answer is “UGH….I have to get up to put that darn pacifier back into my baby’s mouth 6 times a night!”….Well, I’d say it’s time to ditch it. (**For sleep anyway**)
This might be a hard process…but if you have hold strong it will be well worth it in the end. If and when you feel it’s time to teach your baby to sleep without their pacifier…make that change and never look back.
Here are a couple of tips to think about before you get started…
1) Start at night. Your baby HAS to fall asleep at night. Whenever making any changes, I always have clients start at night. I have never had a baby cry all night long. Decide how you are going to handle the crying (sit with her, timed checks or CIO)…then proceed and don’t look back. It might be a long night or 3….but if you cave, the transition will be even harder the next time.
2) There is no real “weaning” technique. The paci is either “in” or “out”. You can use it during the day for car rides, shopping trips, etc….but pull it out of his/her mouth when put into bed. Cold turkey is better….and faster.
3) Hide those pacis! Put the pacifiers somewhere that they are not easy to reach. This will lower the chance you will cave. If you want to get rid of the habit all-together you can throw them out. OR if you still want to have them available for cranky awake times….then I would put them in the garage or car for those first few nights. Definitely not in arms reach…as you might get desperate that first night thinking this won’t work. It will work if given the opportunity.
4) Stay calm. You may start feeling anxiety the night you are going to pull the pacifier. Just keep your sleep goals in mind and take a deep breath. Your baby may sense something is wrong if you are feeling anxious. Just know that it will help him/her become a better sleeper. All totally worth it!!!!!!!
Cheers to paci FREE sleep!!!!