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Any tips on how to wean a 6 month old from a pacifier? DD only uses it at naptime and bedtime but DH and I would like to end its use. She wakes up frequently at night and is always looking for the pacifier. We are hoping if she learns to fall asleep without it, she will sleep longer stretches at night.
 

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I have been doing this with my 9 month old. It seems to be done, and he is already sleeping so much better. He used to cry out for it every 10-30 minutes. I was not a happy mummy.<br><br>
It was a lot of work, he was very addicted, and wanted his dummy not the breast! And really it involved a lot of crying. I basically just did not give it to him at night at ALL, or for his nap... and just offered the breast and held him over and over, through the insane screaming for the dummy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I gave in twice after hysterics for over an hour. Yes I was holding him, yes the breast was available and I would remind him of that but he just wanted the dummy. He still gets it during the day if he's sitting in the bike trailer or buggy and we're on a long walk and he wants it, or if he's teething and just wants something to bite on. Nursing has been ramped WAY up, but in the last few nights he's actually refused the breast at a couple of night wakings and just gone back to sleep <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I just mentioned that he still gets it, and even falls asleep with it sometimes while we're out, but it hasn't made him need it at night, or for naps in the bed.
 

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Thanks for sharing!
 
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