(Closed) Pacifier–how old is too old?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Could you add a poll? I’d say (having never had kids) that 4 year olds with a paci seems old to me. As does sucking your thumb as a preschooler. So, maybe 3? 2?

Like I said, maybe I’ll get it more when I’m a parent, but we’re hoping to take the paci away asap with our future kiddos. 

Post # 4
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i HATE seeing kids walking around with a paci in their mouth. My son is 7 months old and only uses his to go to sleep with. In my opinion, they should be getting rid of it all together by 2. 

Post # 5
10714 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

My son didn’t use a pacifier or his thumb but I think 2 is them limit… I worked in a daycare for 5 years and the last year of it was in the 2 year old room… we were no longer allowed to give them their pacifiers so they had to be “okay without it” by the time they turned 2.

Post # 6
1062 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I hate seeing bigger kids with paci’s. My daughter didnt want anything else to do with it around 10 months, so I never had to take it away from her, but if she was stuck on it.. I would take it away around 18m/2 years old.

Post # 7
17 posts
  • Wedding: January 2013

My son refuses to use a pacifier but I would say 2 is a good cut off point for them. I also cannot stand seeing little kids walking around with them in their mouth! It’s a pacifier – to calm a baby down to go to sleep!

Post # 8
1829 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I personally think if a child is old enough to be walking and talking, they are too old for a pacifier.  Yes, that means different ages for children as everyone does those things at different times, but it’s the rough guideline I use.  It makes my skin crawl to hear a child actually ask their parent for their pacifier.  Definitely too old if you can ask for it. 

When we have kids, we’re going to try not to use them at all and hope our kids learn other methods of self-soothing. 

Post # 9
1300 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m not a great fan of paci’s but I do have to confess to sucking my thumb until I was almost thirteen *hangs head in shame*.

And for the record I have beautifully straight teeth so I was lucky enough that it didn’t mess with my bite.

As I understand the sucking action is a natural reflex in small babies and can be helpful in getting them off to sleep, but I don’t like seeing toddlers running around with paci’s in the mouths – I think the sucking becomes a habit.

Post # 10
7387 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@Ree723: I personally think if a child is old enough to be walking and talking, they are too old for a pacifier.

THIS! I think 1.5 should be the cut off if not sooner. But I’m not a breeder yet so what do I know.

Post # 11
4653 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think that a kid should be cut off of the paci at around 1 the same time they should be cut off the bottle (MHO) Both my kids were off the bottle and binky before there first birthday!

Post # 12
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think between 9 months and a year should be the cut off.

Post # 14
2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Binkies need to GO by two at the LATEST. They really start to mess with the formation of their mouths and teeth at that point, and there’s no need for them at that point. They literally just PACIFY, as in, stop the whining or whatever the parent doesn’t want to deal with. As an infant, they  need that comfort and distraction sometimes. As a toddler, they can use words or actions to tell you what they need and there’s no need to pop a binky in their mouth.

I was dreading the weaning phase but luckily, our daughter spontaneously decided to stop taking them around 5 months. She’d just spit them right back out, so that solved our problem pretty easily. She hasn’t needed one since. I get that once they’re 2 it’s a LOT harder to take them from them, which is why I think parents really should make an effort to get that out of the way around 1. I feel similarly about a bottle; I hate seeing a 3 year old walking around with a bottle. 

Post # 15
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The baby-daddy and I were just talking about this the other day.  DS is almost 3 and still uses his “boppy” to go to sleep at night.  He doesn’t use it any other time during the day, and ends up spitting it out at night, but it gives that comfort for 20 minutes or so as he drifts.  I think we’ll start trying to phase that out at 3’ish.  Like PP mentioned, his daycare required that he be off it by 2 for daytime/naptime. 

Post # 16
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m going to try to take it away by the time Baby Smush is potty trained.

HOWEVER, my brother sucked his thumb until the first day of kindergarden when he came home and told my mom he wasn’t going to suck his thumb anymore because “None of the other kids do.”

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