Waiving the pacifier can prove to be a long and distressing process for parents. For children, things are exactly the opposite. Give up the pacifier in a few seconds, if they realize they don't need it anymore.
The role of the pacifier
Although the use of pacifiers in babies remains a controversial topic at this time, it remains the easiest and most convenient way to calm the newborn. Sleep pacing is a practice increasingly encouraged in recent years by pediatric institutions. It calms the baby, helping him fall asleep more easily and, most importantly, reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
The specialists call the suckers and fingers sucking as "non-nutritious sucking". He has nothing to do with feeding, but only with emotional comfort. The pacifier is nothing more than a substitute for the mother's breast. The same relief can be provided by other objects, such as a cot, with which the child sleeps permanently.
When should a child give up the pacifier?
Specialists recommend that you suck your baby's pacifier as early as possible to avoid addiction. Usually, moms begin to hide the baby's pacifier after the baby has switched to solid eating. After the age of 1 year, the child develops a strong attachment to the pacifier and deviation becomes difficult.
What to do when your little one doesn't want to give up the pacifier?
Your child is already 1 year old and does not give any sign that he wants to give up the pacifier? Do not worry. There is no scientific evidence to prove that the suckling suck would have a negative impact on the development of the young child.
Some children refuse the pacifier from the beginning. Others muffle it for a few months, then throw it away on their own. But there are children who make a whole collection of pacifiers, of different colors and shapes. I hide old ones and ask for new ones.
If you don't want your little one to go to kindergarten with a pacifier in your mouth, then it's good to take action early. There is no magic recipe or secret method. Each child is different and therefore reacts differently to adult suggestions and arguments.
Here are some tricks you can try:
1. "The Fairy Took It"
We know, it's a false lie and you can't lie to your child. Should I learn poorly? And yet, appealing to characters in the story can be helpful. Explain to them what you know from the dentist, which is the help of Maseluta Zana: the suction grinds the teeth and removes them from each other. Therefore, Maseluta Fairy jumped to his aid and took his pacifier. Your teeth will now grow beautiful and healthy.
2. Change the pacifier with a toy to the child's liking
Did he not keep up with Maseluta Fairy? Try to convince your child to change the pacifier or pacifiers with a new toy, which he wants very much.
3. "The pacifier flew!"
Parents with more imagination have invented a unique method: tying the pacifier to a helium balloon. Put your creativity to the contribution: where do your pacifiers go? You can tell them that you send them to storks, which will take them to other children.
These scenarios can hold for children younger than 2 years old, but what do you do if your child is 3 or 4 years old and doesn't really get convinced by your metaphorical arguments? All you have to do is put your foot on the threshold. But do it calmly and with your head. If you simply order them to hand over all your pacifiers, you might discover for the first time when you do general cleaning, some hidden treasure, buried in the basket with plush toys or in a shoe box, under the bed.
The power of example
Do you remember how you gave up the pacifier? Has it been told that you held it with your teeth or taught it with stoicism? Be brave and play the role of the wise parent. Take your baby's handkerchief, kneel in front of him, look deep into his eyes and tell him how you gave up your pacifier, at the age of 2 years. Then ask him what he thinks: is it time to give up his pacifier? Your child can make you a huge surprise by answering "YES", and that's after you've exhausted all the tricks, threats and false promises. He'll let you gather all his pacifiers and you'll never hear them again.
As a parent, you risk complicating your life, in an effort to get the results you want, when, in reality, the answer has been in front of you since the beginning. What a child really wants is the thing he needs most: to empower him to make his own decisions.
Tags Suzeta children