Nate is 16 months now and he still uses his Nuk to soothe himself to sleep. We don’t take them out of the house, or out of his room for that matter. There is a bowl in his top drawer where in the morning and after his naps I open the the drawer and tell him to put it away. He drops it in the bowl, waves goodbye to it and we leave his room. End of story.
I am ready to take it away all together because I am worried about his teeth. You have all see my flip top head of an overbite and this is after 4 years of orthodontia (though I have no idea if I used a pacifier but I know I wasn’t a thumb sucker.) Nate was born with a bit of an overbite, I don’t want his teeth to buck further than they will naturally. I have read that toddlers palates are really flexible and that this isn’t really going to do any real harm. I have seen in real life that it can. I don’t want to take it away because hello, he is an amazing sleeper. I don’t really consider him using it an issue since they stay in his bedroom outside of it messing with his mouth. I want to take them away because he goes to the drawer points and puts his index finger in his mouth and signs please. I am conflicted. I want to take it away because it feels like it is time, I don’t want to because I think I love them as much as Nate does. It’s like a mute button at nap time! A kid, with a Mute Button! Heaven!
Talk to me. Is 16 months a good time? At what point did you take it away and how. Am I over thinking? Let me have it!
Alternately titled: Piss off, Paci!