We finally did it!
After 2 years of dependence on a pacifier for household sleep, we decided we had to bite the bullet and transition onwards. Because our toddler, Addison, was so dependent on a pacifier for sleeping, we were really nervous about how the transition might go. We were pleasantly surprised when it went smoother than expected with just some minor speed bumps along the way.
In the lead-up to pulling the plug, I did hours of research about jaw growth and development, the negative effects of long term pacifier use, and different systems for making the change. I knew it was best to get rid of it (ideally much sooner than we did), but was just nervous about how many tears would be shed over the process. We opted to use the FridaBaby Paci Weaning System for its ease of use. The set comes with 5 pacifiers intended to gradually transition your tot from dependent to indifferent. I was a little skeptical that it could work but the internet was full of glowing reviews so we decided to give it a go.
In maybe not my smartest move, I also started this process about a week before Addie began daycare for the first time. Because of all the transitions occurring, we opted to slow down the transition between pacifiers to make it easier on Addie (and us!). We probably let her use each one for 5-7 days or so each (the packaging recommends 1-2 days). By the time she got to the final pacifier, she was proclaiming that she “didn’t need it” and was a “big girl.” It also is not a functional pacifier (that’s kind of the point!) so that may have had something to do with it too.
Regardless, this system gave us the confidence and peace of mind to transition our toddler away from the pacifier with very little sleep disruption - a huge win! We give this system a 10/10!
Have you tried to take away your child's pacifier? How did it go? Any advice for other parents about to embark on the same challenge?