Hi all, my DD is 6 m.o. and is a huge fan of her paci for sleep. Our fall asleep routine is usually nurse (she is often active or fussy), then pop in the paci, at which point she usually settles right down and closes her eyes. (ugh, just had to run up in the middle of writing this posting and replace the paci). She can fall asleep without it -- she does it in the car, or when we are wearing her, and occasionally when she goes through light sleep she will fall back into deep sleep without it. Sometimes when she wakes up, we can just pop it in, pat her back or head, and she will fall back asleep (don't worry, she definitely lets us know when she is hungry and still nurses SEVERAL times a night). Also, she definitely sometimes turns her head away to resist me putting it in, but always relaxes back to sleep when I do (I would like to add here that to say that on the Mothering message board is automatically asking for some criticism. I want to cut it off at the pass by saying that I am very aware of my baby's needs and that she makes it clear when she needs something more than to be helped back to sleep.
Anyway, while I am not attached to reducing necessary night wakings, I have read enough to know that the paci is a prop and her body isn't learning how to sleep without it. While I am totally in favor of soothing and caring for your baby at night, I believe that part of caring for your baby is teaching him/her how to get the best sleep possible (which I believe means the most uninterrupted sleep possible. So, my objective in stopping the paci would be primarily to get her to sleep better (though obviously there would be a period of disruption). So, can anyone tell me have you weaned off pacis, and did your baby sleep better afterwards? Did you replace the paci with something else? Any advice for how you went about it?