Oh boy. The pacifier.
My plan was to wean him off the pacifier by his second birthday. It seemed a natural end point, and the pediatric dentist we visited said he also suggested age two. (Though the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends ending pacifier use by age 3.)
But here we are, less than two months till Harry’s second birthday, and he loves his boppy* just as much now as he did when he was an infant.
The pacifier has been an only-in-the-crib item since shortly after Harry turned one. When he wakes up in the morning, he has to put it in the crib, and we go on with our day. He stopped using a pacifier to nap at daycare when he moved to the toddler room at 16 months.
But if he sees the pacifier in his crib (or on the counter or somewhere else), he will ask for it. (And when I say ask, I mean cry. And now that he has a name for it, it is mighty pitiful. “Boppy! Bopppppyyyyyyy!”) Or if he’s in his room, he will reach into the crib and just grab it.
With a new baby on the horizon, I wonder if it’s a battle worth fighting.
He will give it up eventually, right? And since he’s on track verbally, and he only uses it in the crib (and almost never has it in his mouth when I go in to check on him), I figure what’s the worry.
If your child used a pacifier, when did he give it up? Do you wish it had been sooner?
* When we were in Ohio last month, he randomly started calling his pacifier a “boppy.” It’s pretty dang adorable.