[TODAY'S POST IS ABOUT CHILDREN. FEEL FREE TO SKIP IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ ABOUT THAT.]
Our sons have used pacifiers since birth. Because they were born nearly six weeks early, it was recommended that they use pacifiers in order to strengthen the muscles they would use to suck and swallow. There is also research that suggests that the use of pacifiers decreases the risk of SIDS in newborns, and particularly in preemies. So although I know that some frown upon their use (even our nanny), we have never had a particular problem with our sons' use of pacifiers.
Now, though, AJ has had two ear infections in the past two months, and his use of the pacifier is the only small, possible risk factor we can see that we can possibly eliminate. None of the other things cited as risk factors for recurrent ear infections are going on. (Ironically, MJ is far more attached to the paci and sucks it far more often than AJ and has had no ear infections.) So we have decided to wean both our sons off their pacifiers because you can't really have one twin using a paci and not the other.
Anyone reading successfully weaned a 12-month-old from the pacifier? Care to share any tips on how you did it? All my friends who have done this successfully did it at much older ages, using strategies that will not work on children this young.
Thanks in advance!