How to Take a Pacifier From a Baby

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Taking a pacifier away from a baby is really easy if you're just trying to get it out of their mouth. Take a pacifier from a baby with help from a family case worker in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Christina Gavenda at DomesticFelicity.com, and today we're going to talk about how to take a pacifier away from a baby. Taking a pacifier away from a baby is really easy if you're just trying to get it out of their mouth. Usually they're latched on, you just make sure that you use your finger to break the latch, just like if they were nursing or drinking a bottle, and take the pacifier out. However, taking a pacifier away from a baby as in permanently, teaching them how to wean themselves from it, is a little bit more tricky. It's really important to be patient with your baby and be patient with yourself, as you both figure out how to do this. It's not gonna be the same for each child. It's really helpful when trying to wean your baby from a pacifier to make sure that you're not giving it to them throughout the day when it's not nap time or bedtime. If you're out an about and you're in a place where you need them to be quiet and they're being fussy, pacifiers could be really useful. But if your child is happy and playing, there's no reason for them to have it in their mouth and running around with it, they're happy. Using a pacifier at nap time or bedtime only makes it quite a bit easier when you go to ween them. When you want to start weaning them from sleeping with it, you wanna make sure that you go easy on your child, remember that they have a little security attached to the pacifier, and try to break them of it during nap times first, and ease your way into bedtimes. You might have to be strict if you find that things aren't going as smoothly as you like, and it might require a little bit of fussing during nap time for your older baby or toddler. Just remember, be patient and gentle. If your child's moved to a toddler bed, then you could try and replace the pacified with something equally as soothing. A child-safe stuffed animal, especially one that sings a calming song, can be really helpful in trying to wean them from the pacifier. Thanks so much for watching, my name's Christina Gavenda, and that's how you take a pacifier away from a baby.

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