Babies: 3 - 6 Months

Did anyone ditch the paci between 4-6 months?

I've read that the best time to ditch the paci is before 6 months...my older DS still has his for sleep at 2 1/2 years old. Younger DS uses one now (he's almost 4 months) but I'd love to ditch it sooner if possible.

Any stories/advice you can share? 


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Re: Did anyone ditch the paci between 4-6 months?

  • Charlie ditched his paci around 4-5 months.........and started sucking his thumb. Tongue Tied

    When they need to soothe, they need to soothe. If you take it away now, I feel like he's just going to find something else to take its place whether it be a toy, a lovey, his hands, etc. 

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  • OSC - does he still suck his thumb?

    At this point (if we're thinking about sleep training at some point) I think thumb sucking would be easier! That way he could use his thumb to soothe, instead of the paci, which he can't yet replace when it falls out. Hmmm.


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    OSC - does he still suck his thumb?

    At this point (if we're thinking about sleep training at some point) I think thumb sucking would be easier! That way he could use his thumb to soothe, instead of the paci, which he can't yet replace when it falls out. Hmmm.

    Oh okay! Most people are vehemently against thumb sucking for some reason. If you're not worried about that, you could always move away from the paci. 

    And yes, Charlie still sucks his thumb, but only when he's tired, sick, scared, etc. for comfort.

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  • We got rid of DS1's before 6 months old-- he wasn't that into it and nursed to sleep so he didn't really "need" it.

    DS2 "needs" it to sleep.  He rarely nurses to sleep and fusses a lot if he drops his paci.  I am dreading getting rid of it and am not sure how we'll go about it.

    FWIW, our pediatrician recommends ditching the paci by 3 months as they no longer have a need for non-nutritive sucking.  He thinks it's fine for him to use his thumb or fingers instead for self-soothing.  Unfortunately, DS2's fingers are so long, he gags himself sometimes, and he also has trouble getting a good suck going. 

  • Umm, thumb sucking will get you a nice orthodontia bill later on. plus you can never take away their thumbs, but you can take away the paci.
    fwiw my ds still uses his paci for sleep. he's 2. i have no plans to get rid of it. he's attached to it, like a security blanket.

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  • Ds hates the paci, so there's that. But dd loved it and I weaned her from it when she was 2. No muss, no fuss. 
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    Umm, thumb sucking will get you a nice orthodontia bill later on. plus you can never take away their thumbs, but you can take away the paci. fwiw my ds still uses his paci for sleep. he's 2. i have no plans to get rid of it. he's attached to it, like a security blanket.

    Umm, anything sucking for long enough will screw up your teeth. Plus a little thing called genetics plays a role in it as well. My siblings and I all had pacifiers as infants, never thumbs, and racked up over $20,000 in orthodontic bills.

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    Mine isn't too interested in it but sometimes needs it to nap.  I would rather he suck on that then a thumb but don't have that issue either.  
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    From everything I've read, the best time to take paci away is between 8 and 12 months. I don't want one of those 3 year olds walking around Walmart with a paci, but it never crossed my mind to take it away from my 3 month old any time soon. She sucks it to fall asleep, and then spits it out once she's asleep.

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  • I have a thumb sucker starting too, and I guess there's nothing i can do about it. He won't take a paci and I can't be with him every second so it's going to make its way into his mouth if I like it or not, so I'm going with it.

    About orthodontics the sources I read said kids who suck their thumbs aren't anymore likely to need major orthodontics than paci suckers because most kids give up the thumb before their adult teeth come in anyways. So if I have a 6 year old thumb sucker I might have something to worry about.. But you might too if you have a 6 year old paci sucker!
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    Charlie ditched his paci around 4-5 months.........and started sucking his thumb. Tongue Tied

    This. Marin has always liked her thumb WHEN she happened to find it... but always had to have the paci, day and night. Now she knows to go to her thumb and she has replaced with paci all by herself.  

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    I have a thumb sucker starting too, and I guess there's nothing i can do about it. He won't take a paci and I can't be with him every second so it's going to make its way into his mouth if I like it or not, so I'm going with it. About orthodontics the sources I read said kids who suck their thumbs aren't anymore likely to need major orthodontics than paci suckers because most kids give up the thumb before their adult teeth come in anyways. So if I have a 6 year old thumb sucker I might have something to worry about.. But you might too if you have a 6 year old paci sucker!

    Agreed. When I realized I had a thumb sucker and there was nothing I could do about it, I started reading about orthodontics issues. Most resources say it is fine until about 4 years old, some even say 6 years old. The thumb sucking is pretty convenient.

    I have never heard of taking the paci at 3 months.  We took DS's paci at about 11 months with no problem. If I have learned anything, though, it is that it all completely depends on the kid. 


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  • image OhSewCrafty:

    Charlie ditched his paci around 4-5 months.........and started sucking his thumb. Tongue Tied

    When they need to soothe, they need to soothe. If you take it away now, I feel like he's just going to find something else to take its place whether it be a toy, a lovey, his hands, etc. 

    this is what James did too.   Now he sucks his thumb when he's tired and is very much attached to his blanket.

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