Welcome to the sixth Mom Talk session on Hampton Bays Patch. This week’s question focuses on ideas for weaning your children off the bottle or pacifier.
I was recently in a toy store with my children picking out a gift for a birthday party. While walking around the shop, I kept running into a mother, whose child was happily sucking on a pacifier. I have to admit; I did a second take when I noticed that the child had to be at least 5.
I wanted to say to the mom, what are you thinking? But, of course, I kept my mouth shut. When it comes to parenting, each of us has our own ideas. But it made me think, what is the best time to wean a child off a bottle or pacifier and what are the best methods to do so?
With my children, I didn’t have to worry about a pacifier as neither of them took one (my daughter, however sucks her thumb, which is another question for another day).
When talking about the bottle, weaning my daughter was easy. I simply just took it away a few days after she turned one. She never questioned me. My son, however, who is two, has a bottle addiction. And I know it’s time for the bottle fairy to make an appearance.
We’d like to hear from you. For the next hour, feel free to comment on the method you used or plan to use to wean your child from the bottle or pacifier. You can share your comments in the comment section that appears below this article.
Also, be sure to come back next week, same time for a new question.