2.5 yo still has one. My girlfriend got rid of her daughters when they dealt with a run of impentigo (sp?). You're Dr. is right..he won't walk down the aisle with it. How do you feel about it. That would be what I would ask. :LOL
I don't think there's a problem; I mean if he was nursing to sleep at this age that would be seen as a good thing by many (in the ap community -- definitely not in my family
). I do think it needs to be confined, so to speak, to bed though. What's funny is my cousin's ds (same age as mine) still uses his binky to sleep, and I thought, "Phew, if he still has one, then it's okay for my ds to have one!" :LOL
I am far from an expert on dentistry and pacifier usage, but I think that at some point pacifier usage causes abnormal development of the palate and of muscular function. Granted, I don't know the extent to which it happens, at what age, how reversable it is, and how many hours of usage per day is of concern. However, if this is something that you are already thinking about, you may want to do some research to see what you think about the studies that have been done in this area--I think there are a lot. Good luck! I know I feel better about a decision when I have at least read the academic studies on the topic, even if I end up not going along with what was "decided".
My dd used her binky till she was 2.5 , when she started talking I told her binky was for naptime and bedtime. My mom weaned her when she was babysitting. She couldn't find her binky at naptime and told dd that it was lost. Dd was okay with it. That approach would have never worked if I had tried it. Only grandmas can get away with that. I just continued what my mom had told her.
I hadn't really had any plans on taking it away. Ds almost 2 sucks his thumb and I've already had people ask me when I was going to make him stop. My standard answer is that I'll make him stop before he gets married.
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