Question of the month #3

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Question of the month #3:

At the last Kids in the Capital night-time meet up their was a great discussion about soothers and how to help your kids let go of them as they get older. Neither of my kids were ever very interested in soothers so I was fascinated by some of the creative ways that parents transitioned kids out of using a soother.

Did your kids use a soother? How did you transition them out of using one? What tips and strategies do you wish you had know at the time? What advice would you give to other parents?

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6 responses to “Question of the month #3

  1. Krista (@kristahouse)

    My oldest would not take a soother. My twins on the other hand took to the soother immediately and that was how we survived the first four months.

    Between the fourth & fifth months both babies kept losing their soothers at night. We were going in to replug up to eight times at night! So we decided to that thet were old enough to find their hands and silky blankies to sooth themselves.

    My husband and I divided up the weekend. He did Friday and Saturday and I did Sunday and Monday. We made a make shift bed on the twins floor and that’s where we slept during our shift while the other parent had a good nights sleep. Being on shift meant sitting between the cribs and shushing and comforting the babies by handing them their silky blankies and placing your hand on their arm or shoulder to let them know we were there. It worked. By the third day they were only getting up once a night each.

  2. Caroline

    We tried to use a soother with our son, and for awhile it worked. In his first winter, when he was about 5 months old, he got a cold, and when we gave him a soother, he spit it back at us, likely due to the fact that when his mouth was plugged, he couldn’t breathe! He never picked one up again. He preferred to chew on them after that, and became teethers instead.

  3. My son is almost 4 and still has his soother – although down to one soother from FIVE! We’re working on ridding him of the last soother and hoping the soother fairy will work. *fingers crossed*

  4. Here’s how we did it, with a little boy who was very attached. In the end, I’m not sure the whole “trade it with Santa for toys” thing was what actually worked. Knowing my boy the way I do, I think it had more to do with the amount of time we gave him to mull it over, by starting to talk about giving it up as early as October.

    When the time came, he was ready sooner than I.

    http://talkingmyselfoutofthetree.blogspot.com/2009/12/oh-lord-we-need-your-help-as-its-been.html

  5. Julie

    Both of my kids used soothers but when they were around 6 months old we limited the soothers to naptime/bedtime use only. Once they turned 3 we announced that it was time to say bye to the soothers and had each kid put their soother in the garbage. We were prepared for several sleepless nights filled with screaming and crying but aside from them asking a couple of times (and us reminding them that the soothers are “all gone!”) it worked fine…I think it was the fact that we didn’t dwell on it (either before or after) and also that they only had it for naptime/bedtime and that it was only a small part of their naptime/bedtime routine.

  6. Ali

    We learned this trick from a British nanny. Cut the tip of the soother. The Kids will stop within days.

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