Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Question: When Should Children Stop Using Pacifiers?

Since I'm not a parent, I wouldn't call myself an expert but I really think pacifiers should be a thing of the past around their 2nd birthday. I remember seeing a kid the other day who had to be at least five with one being pushed around the supermarket in a cart. I'm a nice guy and know parents don't like being told how to parent, but I really had the urge to tell the parents and the kid the honest truth. 

When do you think is the perfect age to stop using a pacifier? 

12 comments:

  1. Having trouble publishing. Please excuse duplicates if there are any.

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  2. Try again...my kid loved his plug. I would say, don't even start!

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  3. I agree with susie, do not every give them one, I have seen them even older than two. Disgusting.

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  4. Oh course, my granddaughter didn't really use one so she sucked her thumb and now they've got horrible dental fees because she was sucking her thumb until kindergarten. It was too hard a habit to break and her thumb was always there.

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  5. The second birthday seems about right.

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  6. It's best not to start at all. I made that mistake with my older daughter soon after she was born and it took forever to get her off it. I never gave it to the younger one and she was perfectly fine with that. If you don't introduce it to them, they'll never pick up the habit. Also, the longer they use a pacifier, the more damage to their teeth.

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  7. I don't agree with not starting at all. Babies are born with the sucking need and cry when it's not met. I didn't give one to my first born and she cried ALL.THE.TIME! Then she would suck hard and over eat, causing projectile vomiting. Fun. I gave one to my second and she was so content. However, I would suggest weaning them off by age 1 to prevent dental problems.

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  8. it's been too long for me Adam...hmm. I tink I remember hearing they are bad for the teeth or something.

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  9. Don't start, period! It always cracked me up when I lived in Newfoundland. They didn't call them "pacifiers", they called them "tits"!

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  10. Luckily, my baby girl never wanted it so I am really not sure.

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