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When do kids typically begin to stop using a pacifier?
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Dr. Hans Reinemer
Dentistry - Pediatric
In brief: By 2 1/2
Children don't usually make that decision on their own.
They will use it much longer than recommended if allowed. Parents need to commit to discontinued use of the pacifier by age 2 1/2 at the latest. Prolonged use can lead to occlusal (bite) changes and impaired speech development. It's not always easy to take it away but within 48-72 hours the kids have moved on.

In brief: By 2 1/2
Children don't usually make that decision on their own.
They will use it much longer than recommended if allowed. Parents need to commit to discontinued use of the pacifier by age 2 1/2 at the latest. Prolonged use can lead to occlusal (bite) changes and impaired speech development. It's not always easy to take it away but within 48-72 hours the kids have moved on.
Dr. Hans Reinemer
Dr. Hans Reinemer
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Varies with each kid
Pacifiers can be a simple tool of distraction or a best buddy depending on the child.
Parents help baby reduce usage by providing a clip and ribbon so baby can keep it close but isn't using the mouth as a pocket. You can substitute a teddy bear or other carry toy as a comfort object & many will give it up easily as they begin to walk and explore. I discourage sudden removal as emotionally cruel.

In brief: Varies with each kid
Pacifiers can be a simple tool of distraction or a best buddy depending on the child.
Parents help baby reduce usage by providing a clip and ribbon so baby can keep it close but isn't using the mouth as a pocket. You can substitute a teddy bear or other carry toy as a comfort object & many will give it up easily as they begin to walk and explore. I discourage sudden removal as emotionally cruel.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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