Nursing / Pacifiers
When do you think a child is too old to nurse or take a pacifier? I've heard of women nursing children who were over six years old! Sorry, but that is way too old for me! I've seen four and five-year-olds sucking on a pacifier. I think they're beyond the stage where they need a pacifier.
Pacifiers - Unless there are some extreme circumstances, I think kids should be weaned off their pacifier around 1 year - 18 months. Pacifiers can start to change a child's teeth and can do some pretty serious damage to their teeth (I've seen it first hand). However, pacifiers can be a huge comfort so if there are other things happening in the child's life - big life events like a new sibling, divorcing parents, a death in the family, a move, etc I think it's OK to extend pacifier use a little bit to help get them past the adjustment.
My goal nursing was 6 months.. I went 8.. with one and 2 weeks with my second.. Both kids are healthy and happy.. and neither have issues.. or more than the other.. in fact my breasted child has allergies.. my bottle baby does not.
AS for pacifier.. around a year even sooner.. the pacifier was for sleep only.. always.. never out, never playing, never at the park.. sleeping and bed only..
At 2 1/2 ish.. the "pacifier" fairy came and took them all and left a present.. we talked about ti for weeks.. made a pretty box and they ere done :)