Starting A 2 1/2 Year Old On A Paci.

I watch a 2 1/2 year old girl in my home. I started caring for her when she was 18 months old. At the time she was still taking bottles to go to sleep. Most of the time, she would just throw the full bottle to the side and it would leak everywhere.... so, I slowly started weening her from taking it with her to nap. One day, I told her mom to take the bottle home.. we no longer needed it for naps. Her mom had summer break from work and kept her home. When she returned to daycare, her mom informed me that she had started taking a pacifier and insisted that she NEEDED it for naptime. This little girl had NEVER taken a paci prior to this. She was great at self soothing and never fussed when being laid down to sleep. I am somewhat baffled. She will fuss for her paci while she is here, but it doesn't feel right giving it to her. It just seems so absurd. Thoughts?
jnannyj jnannyj
26-30
3 Responses Dec 13, 2012

Using a pacifier at that age is damaging to her teeth. Respect the mother's wishes, but voice your concerns as often as possible without being a nag.

I don't give it to her at all while she is here. I feel like it is backwards to introduce a paci to a child at the age that most parents are trying to wean children off of them. I think you are right... she wants to keep her baby. I have heard her mention several times that she is so cute and looks like such a "baby". I think more than anything I am confused about what I should do as her Nanny. Refuse to give her the paci or give it to her, because that is what her mom wants?

well it does sound a little silly...maybe mom wants to keep her a 'baby' as long as she can. Try the same thing you did with the bottle..wean her off