Monday, February 11, 2008

To pacifier or not?


I'm at a bit of a crossroads with Zachary's pacifiers. I'm really wondering if we should just "kick the habit" or if there is any real harm in him using them. He LOVES his pacifier. Loves it. If he sees it, he wants it. I know that he is almost 18 months, but not sure if it really is a big deal if he has it or not. This past Sunday evening/Monday morning I let him have it during the day just to see how he would deal with it. He loved having it. He would take it out to talk, snack, and play. On Monday morning he actually put it back in his crib before we came down for breakfast. After snack he went upstairs (by himself) and by the time I followed him up he had gotten his pacifier. I let him bring it downstairs and he kept it in his mouth for a while and then he discarded it and didn't find it again until after lunch. So, I'm really just wondering if I should let him have it if he needs/wants and let him decide when to leave it. I think for sure I won't take it when we go places like the store and stuff. But, if he wants it, what is the harm?? Comments on this would be great.

4 comments:

SUZANNE said...

Sophia is only 7 1/2 months but if she wants her paci when she is older, that's fine with me! Some people like to wean early... eventually she'll get over it... but why push? Just my thoughts :)

Sharing Life said...

Just don't let him be that 3yr old walking around with a pacifier in his mouth...Ugh!

Stacy said...

Gavin is 12 monthes and if he wants it, he gets it.... but really we only use it to PACIFY him when he is upset or ready for nap/bed.

Sam said...

I think if he needs it its fine, but I would just be careful because too much paci time can mess with his teeth. My nephew used it too long, and just like thumb sucking, it can change the shape of your teeth.