Re: Dropping the paci by 1 year
We stopped giving Davis a paci right around 1. Maybe a bit before, I can't really remember. We stopped because it was irritating his skin, but probably would have shot for right around a year anyway. He was never really too dependent on it, but we were. It was magic for getting him to sleep, especially since I wasn't nursing him and didn't have that tool. I stopped sending it to the sitter with him first, so he got used to not having it during the day, then we stopped giving it to him while putting him to sleep, then stopped giving it to him when he woke at night. He never really complained much about it, but we had to find new ways of getting him to sleep.
I have no advice on getting them off a bottle, Nora just gave them up on her own at 13 mos and D is still taking them at 18 mos. He sort of sucks on his bottle like a paci actually. Probably not all that good for him, but he won't take the formula from a cup and he has to have it so bottle it is.
One way or the other I wouldn't push too hard if he resists. Some kids are more dependent than others but I think most will give those things up with little fuss if you wait until they are ready.
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