Thursday, March 27, 2014

Paci Problems...

Hayden hearts his paci x 10. He's a big fan. We were fine with it the first year, but now as he is approaching two, we are feeling concerned that he's still so reliant on it to fall asleep. He's a great napper and a pretty good night time sleeper. However, if he wakes up at night, it's usually because his paci has fallen out of the crib and he needs it back.
We had a deadline in our heads of 18 months to wean him off. Didn't happen. Then we were like, well maybe 2 years. We're lucky that as of last month he doesn't need it at all during the day  (though does ask for it sometimes), just at sleep times. In fact, I read a lot of things online that said that it was okay for kids to continue using a paci at night after 2. However, Hayden's pediatrician told us that the sooner we can get rid of it the better.
We're kind of chicken about the whole thing, fearing that taking it away cold turkey will turn our kid into a terrible sleeper. Our pediatrician recommended cutting a hole in it so that it doesn't function the same and supposedly the child will just not like it and give it up on their own.
I've tried that mostly unsuccessfully a couple of times so far... I'm going to keep trying but I don't know. Any success stories for giving up the paci? We're willing to try anything!

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