When Should Your Child Stop Using A Pacifier?
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend limiting or stopping pacifier use around 6 months to avoid an increased risk of ear infections, especially if your child is prone to them. But, there is no hard and fast rule.
What Are The Best Pacifiers?
Harris’s top pick for best pacifier is the Advent Orthodontic Translucent Silicone Pacifier. It is designed to naturally support the development of the palate, teeth and gums. The Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier is "the one that most hospitals recommend for babies right from the start," says Dr. Altmann.
How Long Should A Baby Use A Pacifier?
But after 6 months, pacifier use is less helpful and more of a habit. Some doctors say 6 to 12 months is a good time to wean your child from the pacifier, especially if your child is prone to to ear infections.