Pros and cons of pacifiers

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Pacifiers are a wonderful tool in the first year of life for babies, as they help the baby to self-soothe and organize their nervous system. However, at some point, pacifiers can often become problematic with sleep and behavior. I think the window to get rid of the pacifier is typically around one. However, many wait until 18 to 36 months. When parents practice discernment in the first year, by not automatically offering the pacifier when the baby cries, but offering other forms of comfort as well as the pacifier. Try to limit the pacifier to the crib and for sleep, it makes this transition when they turn one, much easier. When it's time to say goodbye to the pacifier, parents need to tell the child that it's time to say goodbye and you know that they can get something new. They can hold their blankie and their furry friend, parents will always be there for them. I do encourage parents to trust that children are resilient and will not be traumatized by you taking away the pacifier.

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Parent Educator, Marriage & Family Therapist

Allison LaTona, MFT, is a marriage and family therapist, whose life-changing consultation groups provide a practical and compassionate roadmap for those navigating the journey of parenthood. LaTona has 18 years of experience counseling children, families, couples and individuals, and has facilitated groups in private practice, as well as at Santa Monica's Babygroup with Donna Holloran, MSW, for over a decade. La Tona is an author for Twigtale, an online resource for creating transition books for young children.  

Focusing on respectful parenting philosophies, the power of language, emotional intelligence, and a child's natural developmental capabilities, LaTona offers specific strategies and invaluable insights that ease the inherent challenges of contemporary parenthood. Her work empowers parents with the vision and tools to create thriving and fulfilling family lives, and fosters long-term connections within a supportive community. With 13 years "in the trenches" raising two young children of her own, LaTona's personal path complements her professional credentials. Her empathy, experience, and dedication fuel her passionate commitment to her work.

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