Goodbye to the pacifier

The most suitable moment

One of the issues that most concern parents is when to leave the pacifier. Most experts recommend dispensing with it when the child is two years old.

They argue the following causes:

  • -From a physical point of view, can cause the upper jaw to move forward, causing what we call open bite, ie when closing the mouth the upper and lower teeth do not match.
  • From a psychological point of view, it will help you overcome a stage of your development.

But the reality is that making a two-year-old child with no pacifiers usually requires time and patience on the part of the parents.

For most experts the limit for leaving the beloved tete is at five years. From the second birthday we started to try, but being aware that maybe we do not get it quickly. Each child has a different evolution and only he will know when he is prepared to take one more step in his development.

Goodbye to the pacifier


Dummy, yes or no?

The sucking reflex is innate in babies, as well as vital. Thanks to his need to suck you can feed during his first days and also reassures and gives him security. Therefore, many pediatricians do not oppose the use of pacifiers.

The latest studies recommend not offering it until you have learned to breastfeed correctly. On the one hand they may confuse it with the nipple and, on the other hand, it forces it to suck when it is not feeding, reason why the suction can be reduced during the suckling.

The pacifier reassures them, comforts them in bad times and many children find it imperative to sleep. In addition, the need to suck is so strong that they can use the big toe as a substitute. The problem is that the finger, being harder than a teat, exerts a greater pressure on the palate and, in addition, is much less hygienic.

Pacifier detractors highlight the possibility of deforming teeth, producing oral disorders or becoming a transmitter of infections. In what both agree both ones is not to allow the use of the pacifier beyond the two years.

Tips for leaving the pacifier

Before two years it is not convenient to force him to abandon it unless he does so spontaneously. When you decide to persuade him to leave, you must keep in mind that there is no going back; If you leave it again, it will live as a triumph of yours.


  • Reduce the time spent with the pacifier so that after a few days, only use it to sleep.
  • If you fall asleep with it, gently remove it so that it loses the habit of having it all the time in the mouth.
  • You can get a deal with him, for example, leave the pacifier to some stuffed animal or somewhere and tell him that you will give it only when you ask because you need it.
  • If you manage to do without a little bit, celebrate your success with extras and do not forget to remind him how great he is.
  • Do not leave the pacifier in sight.
  • Hide it and give it only to sleep or when you are truly disconsolate.

Either way, it is almost certain that the child, as he grows up, leaves the pacifier on his own. If you start going to kindergarten, you may do so earlier and you will know that in the garden you probably do not have to bring it.

When to leave the bottle

It is not often that a small child leaves the bottle on his own, so, from the age of two, care must be taken that little by little the habit.

The bottle can be the cause of dental problems because, by suctioning, the liquid accumulates behind the front teeth and, as they have many sugars, can cause cavities.

Some tips may help the child to leave the bottle without problems:

  • Start to dispense with using it to give water or juice and reserve only for milk and cereals at breakfast and dinner, buy infant bottles to stimulate it.
  • It is good to set a date, decay it together and try to fulfill it.
  • Make sure that leaving the bottle does not coincide with some other important event such as the birth of a little brother, the beginning of the garden or moving the house.

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