Last Saturday at Mackenzie’s nine-month checkup, her pediatrician recommended that we wean her from her pacifier immediately. She said that we have a window right now, and if we miss it, we might end up with a two- or three-year-old who still needs her paci.
I have no idea if this is true. A few people have warned us or discouraged us from using a paci, but it has been so helpful with her sleep training that I truly haven’t cared.
But I DO want Mackenzie to learn to self soothe, so I agreed to the plan.
We went cold turkey on Saturday. She dropped her paci on the floor, and I didn’t give it back to her. We’ve been paci free ever since.
The unexpected consequence has been that she still wants to be soothed, and so now she wants to nurse to sleep. Every. single. time. I feel like a human pacifier.
The worst part is that her naps have all but disappeared. She wakes up as soon as I set her down, and if I leave her in her crib, she just hollers and plays. Today’s most successful nap was 12 minutes long.
I don’t know if this is sleep regression or teething or both, but man, oh, man.
I want the paci back.