If your child has turned two and still holds on tight to their pacifier, you will probably start feeling worried about them. You might succeed, for a while, in hiding it from them to help them break this habit, but as soon as something bothers them they will start crying and asking again for their pacifier. You might feel at a loss about the situation, but don’t lose hope. As there are many methods you can resort to in facing this issue.
Why the Pacifier?
– Have you ever wondered why your child is holding on to their pacifier? The answer is in endorphins; the act of sucking stimulates the secretion of this hormone which is associated with the feeling of happiness.
– Don’t expect to break the habit overnight.
– Avoid forcing them to break this habit quickly or else they may replace it with thumb-sucking.
Why should they break this habit?
– It may affect their speaking and communication abilities negatively, since it could hinder correct pronunciation of words; making it difficult for everyone to understand what they say.
– Dropping the pacifier during the night could wake them with a jolt and prevent them from getting uninterrupted sleep.
– The pacifier can make your baby catch an infection if they drop it all the time.
How can you help wear them off the pacifier?
Don’t make the mistake of suddenly depriving your child from the pacifier. This is an issue you need to tackle intelligently.
– Help them break the habit gradually. First, let them know that they can only use it at home, then only in their bedroom, then only while sleeping…And don’t give it back to them if they wake up crying at night.
– Watch them well to find out in which situations they ask for their pacifier. You may notice they ask for it when they’re feeling bored or when they want to draw your attention. Therefore, you’ll need to find adequate alternative solutions. Play with them and invite a relative who has a child too to your home.
– Bear in mind that not all times are suitable for weaning your child off their pacifier, such as the birth of a new baby in the family or moving to a new house.
– Be smart about this and wait for the right chance to help them break this habit. On their birthday, for instance, tell them: “You’re a grown up now so no need for the pacifier anymore”. Encourage them to throw it in the garbage by themselves, then congratulate them. Finally, patience is the most important rule you need to follow.