Tips To Get Your Child To Stop Using A Pacifier

Limit the time you allow your child to use a pacifier.

Use it only for sleep time and comfort until about 12 months old and then plan to give it up.

Never use punishment or humiliation to force your child to give up using a pacifier.

Involve your child in the decision to stop using it by giving him the choice of throwing it away, putting it away or leaving it under the pillow for the 'tooth fairy'.

Start a reward chart to mark your child's progress.

Praise your child when your child has given up the pacifier and tell her you are proud that she is growing up.

Allow your child to express his feelings and if your child is upset or angry, give him special cuddles to help him cope.

If your child asks for the pacifier again (and she probably will), don't give in. Remind her that the pacifier is gone and that she is grown up now.

Limit the time you allow your child to use a pacifier.

Use it only for sleep time and comfort until about 12 months old and then plan to give it up.

Never use punishment or humiliation to force your child to give up using a pacifier.

Involve your child in the decision to stop using it by giving him the choice of throwing it away, putting it away or leaving it under the pillow for the 'tooth fairy'.

Start a reward chart to mark your child's progress.

Praise your child when your child has given up the pacifier and tell her you are proud that she is growing up.

Allow your child to express his feelings and if your child is upset or angry, give him special cuddles to help him cope.

If your child asks for the pacifier again (and she probably will), don't give in. Remind her that the pacifier is gone and that she is grown up now.

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