For a lot of babies, pacifiers can soothe and help fussy babies float off to dreamland, without the help of a sometimes-exhausted mom. But when kids start to depend on pacis -- or binkies -- to fall asleep or for comfort, often up to the age of 4, then it's time to start thinking about helping the child quit the binkie.
Weaning a small child from using a pacifier can, well, suck. So how do you make the process less painful for your child and you? Well, it depends on how quickly you want to do it - and how much grief you can handle. Some experts believe you can wean the child in just three days. Day one would be when you explain how you like to see your child doing big-kid things, and that in three days, it'll be time to get rid of all his pacifiers on the way to being a big kid.