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Weaning Baby From His Pacifier

Peter Goldenthal, Ph.D


Dear Dr. Goldenthal,
I am taking my son's pacifier away from him because he will be starting daycare soon, and I don't want him to have them there where other kids can get them. I don't want to give it to him only at bed, because I feel that he can go without one now. Any suggestions on making this a bit easier on the both of us?

A Getting a baby to wean himself from a pacifier can be a very frustrating experience. Perhaps this can be a good time to help him learn about self comforting. Perhaps substitute a stuffed animal, blanket, or even his thumb. Babies and children both need and benefit from learning how to self comfort, and having a "lovey" or a thumb can help.

Peter Goldenthal, Ph.D.,
Pediatric Psychologist

Peter Goldenthal, Ph.D., has been helping children and families for twenty years. One of very few psychologists to be Board Certified in both Clinical Psychology and Family Psychology, he is currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Goldenthal practices in Wayne, Pennsylvania, and at the Children's Seashore House of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he is Director of Child and Family Therapy and teaches advanced trainees in psychology and pediatrics. Dr. Goldenthal lives near Philadelphia with his wife and two young children. Expertise in Pediatric Psychology and sibling relationships; Preparing the first baby for the new one. Peter has recently been on the Today Show, the Jenny Jones Show, as well as NPR's Voices in the Family. He is the author of "Beyond Sibling Rivalry : How to Help Your Children Become Cooperative, Caring, and Compassionate".

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