There comes a time in a little tot’s life when they have to say goodbye to their pacifier. This can either be a devastating time for your little one (and in return for you too), or it can be a smooth transition. I would have to say, I much rather prefer the latter. So when I found a way that your child can actually decide for themselves that it’s time to say goodbye, I was very excited! Are you ready for it?!… It’s called the Lily Method and it’s a pacifier weaning system. I am excited to partner with them to tell you all about this ingenious idea!
The Lily Method process was developed by Dr. Alene D’Alesio, a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and mother of four girls who all loved pacifiers. After struggling to wean her first daughter, she knew there had to be an easier way. From that experience came this patented Pacifier Weaning System that has been tested and perfected over the past 5 years! For ages 6+ months and it's BPA and latex-free!
How it works is that as you move through the system, each pacifier nipple gradually gets smaller and smaller. From Step 1 with an almost whole pacifier to Step 5 where there is pretty much nothing at all, your child will get less and less satisfaction as they use it. By the time you get to the last one, they probably aren’t going to be remotely interested as there would be no enjoyment from using it.
I actually ripped out an article on the Lily Method from a parenting magazine when I was pregnant. I just had a feeling I should save it and keep it for future reference. It seemed like a much easier way to stop a child’s pacifier use than going cold-turkey. Plus, if you can have your child figure out for themselves that this isn’t something they are interested in anymore… well, that couldn’t be more amazing!
When my daughter was born she gravitated towards using her thumb to sooth herself. After all, it is right there! However, I felt (and this is not for everyone), that it would be easier to transition her off a pacifier, as I could take that away when it was time. I was able to get her off her thumb and onto a pacifier easily. She never went back, but now it’s time to start thinking about the last inevitable transition… pacifier-free!
Before you start using this system, it is highly recommended that you discard all other pacifiers in the home. That way, both you and your little one will stay on track. Before using this system, make sure you sanitize the pacifiers by boiling them in water for 5 minutes (just like you would any other pacifier). Let them cool and squeeze out any trapped water and you are good to go!
With Step 1 you can give your child the pacifier as they normally would use it. With Step 2 you can do the same, but it will become less satisfying for them as the nipple is decreasing in size. Once you get to Step 3, they encourage you to only give this pacifier during sleep times, but the child can have it at other times if they want. However, when we got to Step 3, my daughter already didn’t see much satisfaction in using the pacifier and decided she'd rather not have it. I even went as far as offering it to her one time just to see and she said to me, “All done.” Score! Step 4 is only for sleeping and there isn’t much to get a hold of at this point. Once you graduate to the final pacifier, Step 5, it’s virtually impossible for your child to even hold it in their mouth (it’s designed that way). They recommend not giving your child this pacifier at all, and I agree. It’s virtually pointless, and your child will try to put it in their mouth, with no success.
With the Lily Method your child could be pacifier-free in as little as 5 days! That’s pretty impressive! My daughter isn’t one who wants the pacifier all day and night, so I had that to be thankful for right at the start. She only used it for her nap and at bedtime. This system is definitely proving to be less satisfying for my darling girl and thanks to it, the transition has been a breeze so far!
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Buy It: The Lily Method is sold at Babies R Us, Amazon, and other retailers. Click here to find a store that sells Lily Method near you!