Weaning Your Child Off a Pacifier

Advice over when to wean a child off of a pacifier is all over the map—ranging from 1-3 years of age. If your toddler is a regular pacifier user, make the change gradually. Let her know that she is becoming a big girl and will need it less and less.

Then try only allowing pacifier use only in certain rooms of the house or for set periods of time. Try switching it out for another comfort item, such as a beloved stuffed animal.

It may be difficult, but don’t fall back and offer the pacifier if your child cries for it too much. Stick to your plan and, eventually, your child will no longer need it.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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