Pacifiers are one of those things that can be our best friend and our worst enemy. Many parents find ditching the pacifier one of the hardest sleep hurdles to overcome because they know how effective it can be in the moment when they're trying to calm their baby, but eventually, it becomes this tedious thing where they have to constantly be running to put the pacifier back (a.k.a. the "paci dance") in and it becomes more of a hurdle than a help.
Now don't get me wrong, pacifiers aren't the worst thing! They're actually recommended for babies under 6 months to help decrease the risk of SIDS (by both Health Canada
and the AAP
). But after this point, pacifiers can start to have an impact on the development of your child's palette, start to impact sleep and your child can start to build a strong attachment to the pacifier.
So, if you're ready to ditch the pacifier but you're not sure how, here are 6 different methods to consider!
1. Cold turkey....