It seems like just yesterday we were
forcing trying so hard for Mr. Kaden to take his pacifier to help him stop screaming at the top of his lungs soothe him. Now, fast forward 18 1/2 months and Kaden is desperately attached to his pacifier to sleep. Around the time he turned 1 we stopped allowing him to have his pacifier during the day. There is just something about a baby walking around with a pacifier in his mouth that rubs me the wrong way. Although he has been sleeping through the night since around 3 or 4 months, for the past few months we have had to get up several times a night just to give him his darn pacifier. Two weeks ago we had to get up SIX times in one night and the next day we decided that's it with the pacifier. So the following Monday when Kaden woke up, we said good-bye to the pacifiers and then through them away. Of course, he didn't know what that meant until nap time rolled around!
If you've ever meet Kado, you know he has a temper and is incredibly stubborn. So we were very nervous about how "Operation No-Pacifier" was going to pan out. The first day he screamed for 20 minutes. I had to go in twice to get his chubby little legs from between the bars of his crib, but after 20 min he was out....and napped for 3 1/2 hours! That night he cried for about 10 min. The next day he fussed for just a bit, but then we laid him back down and he was fine. We are still amazed at how easily he gave it up! Now, he really enjoys being in his crib, and we love the sound of his sweet voice as he talks himself to sleep on the monitor! And...we have all slept some of the best nights of sleep we have had in a LONG time!!!
Operation No-Pacifier = SUCCESS!!!