Straight-Up Parenting Questions
I have 2 straight-up parenting questions today.
First, how do we take away Little MPB’s pacifier/soother? You see, Little MPB LOVES his soother, he took to one on the second day of his life and it instantly became his thing, which was great initially because they are known to reduce SIDS, but we are well past that now. He loves his soother so much that he has not taken to any blanket or stuffed animal (no matter how hard I’ve tried to force it on him). He simply uses his soother as his security item. In fact when he sleeps he wants 2 of them – one in his mouth and one in his hand. And, he likes to switch them up from time to time – it’s adorable.
But, it’s also somewhat problematic now that we’ve decided it’s time for him to give up his reliance on his soother. The reason for our decision to take it away now is that here they recommend very limited soother use by the age of two as to not impact tooth/mouth development. So, we have a bit of time but not a lot.
We have successfully reduced him to only 1 at night time, but how do we reduce him to none, ever? And we try not to ever let him have one during the day anymore. I have no idea how to do this without causing a major sleep regression or a major ongoing melt-downs. Suggestions would be much appreciated.
Second, when do people tend to turn their car seats to front facing? The recommendations here are not to switch to front facing until the child is at least 1 years old and can walk independently but ideally keep the car seat rear facing until they are 5. I have to say, I truly think it’s unrealistic to force him to sit rear facing until he’s 5, considering how uncomfortable that would be. Little MPB is well past 1 year old and clearly walks/runs/climbs on his own, so I think we can switch him any time. But I’m also paranoid, I know all too well how important car safety is and I’m slightly paranoid that the day we turn him will be the day we get into a car accident. The main reason I’m considering changing him to front facing is that I am down right sick and tired of the car seat battle and I’m told most kids stop hating the car seat as much once they are forward facing. Honestly, I’m sick of being kicked and screamed at every single time I have to put Little MPB in the car. So, anyways, at what age do parents tend to turn the car seat around? And does turning the car seat actually help reduce the car seat battle?
So, if anyone has any thoughts on either of these 2 questions, I’d very much appreciate hearing from you!
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