The glam outfits!
The always fabulous shoes!
Last weekend, the ever-so-adorable Suri Cruise, daughter of actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, was spotted strolling through the streets of Vancouver, teddy bear in hand and pacifier in mouth. The littlest Cruise turns 5 next month and is already the subject of much buzz for her accessories: fashionable footwear, coveted handbags, sophisticated beverages and now, a pacifier.
The buzz we’re hearing is this: is 5 too old for a pacifier?
Turns out, parents really should try to phase out the pacifier by about age one (by six months is even better), according to Dr. Robert Adamenko, a pediatrician in Glastonbury. He says putting away the pacifier is a good opportunity to exercise limit setting. Not to mention, prolonged pacifier use might affect tooth development.
So I have to admit… we still use the paci – as it’s referred to in Casa Donnelly – for soothing and nighttime. But maybe it is time to consider the weaning process.
Dr. Adamenko says you know your child best, so gear your weaning style to his or her temperament.
“Going cold turkey might work for some children, but for others, you might want to take a more gradual approach,” he said.
For those taking it slowly, he suggests starting with situational use – perhaps using it just as a soother, or only at home. A replacement object might be helpful, too.
And for older toddlers – try talking it out. It’s a good chance to discuss what it means to be a big boy or girl.
So we’ll give it a shot – eliminating it at bedtime and using it only for soothing. Maybe the days of the mid-night “mommy, help me find my pacifier” wakings are numbered, and I can cut back on my own sophisticated beverage consumption.
What do you think? Do your tots use a pacifier? How did you wean?
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