You might think it is a challenging task to make your baby sleep without a pacifier. It is correct.
However, it is still possible to get your baby to sleep without a pacifier, and this can be done as discussed below. I will be unfolding some great tips which would be helpful for you.
Let’s get started!
How to get a baby to sleep without a pacifier?
If your baby has been used to using a pacifier throughout the day, then your baby might also be sleeping with a pacifier. If you would like to make your baby to sleep without a pacifier, then you can follow the following steps below:
Cuddle the baby
Babies love to be cuddled and hugged. Give them intense hugs when they wake up from their sleep during the night or when they are cranky in the morning. This will help them to calm down and fall asleep again.
As you cuddle the baby, sway them lightly to hasten the process of falling back to sleep.
Put out the lights
Just like adults sleep best in dark rooms, babies also need darkness. So, put out all the lights in your room and keep it as dark as possible. This will help them to fall asleep faster and stay asleep.
Introduce some white noise
Although likely unbelievable, a constant low-toned noise, like the sound of a fan, can help babies sleep better. They get used to this noise while in the mother’s womb. Introducing white noise makes them recall the time in their mother’s womb. This is, however, a scientific hypothesis.
Keep the room warm
Babies sleep better when the room is warm. Dress your baby according to the weather, but be sure to include a swaddle layer to imitate the feeling of being in the parent’s arms.
How do I stop my baby from crying when her pacifier falls out?
A pacifier keeps a baby calm, and the baby likes using it very much. But, once the pacifier comes out of the baby’s mouth and falls, your baby may start crying as it is asking for that pacifier again.
Here are the steps which you can follow to solve this:
Do not panic
Babies cry a lot, and you should expect that. Do not panic, as this will only make the situation worse. Instead, continue with the steps mentioned above.
Return the pacifier
As soon as you notice that the pacifier is out of the baby’s mouth, replace it. This should not be done immediately, but after the above steps have failed.
Train the baby
To do this, put the pacifier back for about 15-20 seconds and remove it. If the baby cries, pop it back for a while and repeat until the toddler falls back into sleep without the pacifier.
Introduce Pacifier Substitutes
You can introduce a new item the next time you remove the pacifier, like a new blanket, a doll, a sleeping bag, and slowly make your baby forget about the pacifier.
This trick works a lot, and the baby gets used to new objects and does not demand a pacifier to make them sleep every time.
What to do if the baby keeps waking up for a pacifier?
Your baby might be waking up for a pacifier and not going to sleep again without it. Here are some of the steps that will help you stop your baby from waking up for a pacifier, and doing this slowly would help the baby forget about the pacifier.
Handover the Pacifier
When the child wakes up with a pacifier, let them have it in their hand. You can give her two, one in each hand, and slowly push her hand towards her mouth. This trains the infant to put the pacifier in the mouth by themselves. Do this for two nights in a row.
Check if your Kid is forgetting the pacifier
If, after the two days, the kid doesn’t learn to put back the pacifier whenever they wake, place it back into their mouth without involving their hands.
Wait for sometime Before returning the pacifier
If the kid is yet to learn to put back the pacifier without help, let them writhe or cry for 5-10 minutes, and then place the pacifier back into the mouth. The infant will learn to get the pacifier back within a few days of following this routine.
How long does it take for a baby to forget about the pacifier?
Although they love (and can get habitual with) pacifiers, babies are usually very good at forgetting things. When the child is about 2-4 years old, you can wean the child off the pacifier. However, you can continue to use it if they are willing and eager, even after they turn four years old.
By the time the child is four years old, they are already into other toys, simplifying the weaning process.
Let’s conclude the post on how to get a baby to sleep without a pacifier.
Now, your baby would be used to not using a pacifier more often, and gradually they can get rid of that.
I hope you liked reading the post, and these guidelines will be helpful in the long run.