DD (2.5 yrs) is great about only using the pacifier at night and nap times. We've had to work on weaning her, but it's been successful. She was well behaved but definitely tired by the end of the day yesterday. DH is out of town; (I don't think both of us need to endure the crying that goes with taking the paci away from DD at night.) So I decided to take it from her. I told her that one of her favorite characters took it to give to a new baby when she asked about it. She cried for over a half hour before she fell asleep. However I didn't give in then. I felt good about this until midnight when she woke up screaming and cried for another half hour. Beyond tired and feeling terribly sorry for her, I gave in... I'm eight months pregnant and exhausted; working more than full time and taking care of DD on my own this past week hasn't helped this much.
So do I try again tonight? Just cold turkey?
Should I try a different method like cutting a hole in the paci?
Or should I just wait and see when she'll give it up on her own?
The only reason I want her off of it while she sleeps is because she doesn't need it and I know she can develop better coping/soothing mechanisms.
I've spoken with a could of dentists and an orthodontist who claim that using the paci for sleeping is not affecting her tooth development etc.