Hudson likes to sleep with a sucky (aka... pacifier). He likes his blanky tucked up over his shoulder next to his cheek and his sucky in his mouth.
I don't mind him having a sucky at this point, but I don't plan (key word is "plan"... as in... it could change...) to let him have it much past a year old. At that point I feel its more of an attachment device rather than a soother. I guess I think that much past 6 months its more of an attachment device, but I guess we'll see where we end up. Porter pretty much self weaned off his sucky by 4 or 5 months old. He just didn't prefer it.
Hudson, on the other hand, loves his. He doesn't really get to suck it if its not naptime or bedtime. And there are times he'll drift off without his sucky, but for the past few nights its been a necessity for him or he fusses. He's a great sleeper... he goes to sleep completely on his own (as in... we put him in bed wide awake, plug him in, tuck in his blanky and he drifts off to slumberland solo).
And then here comes the trouble... he's been falling asleep and then for the next few hours waking continually and fussing when it falls out of his mouth. And I am so not cool with that. I don't mind plugging it in and then kissing him goodnight but I refuse to continually walk into his room to replug his face. No thank you very much.
So... I'm trying to decide what to do... do I start weaning him from the sucky now? Is he at an age where his sucky isn't really a "soothing device" anymore? Do I keep plugging him in and see if he works out this kink?
I guess I just don't want him to become dependent on his sucky to sleep and I don't want it to become a habit that is hard to break. I don't want to have wars with him dropping it in the middle of the night or throwing it out of his crib and then screaming. I'm torn between letting him continue to have his sucky and hopefully in a few months he'll wean off of it (if I were to pick my ideal scenario)- or if I should start weaning him now and avoid a further attachment.
What are your opinions? When are suckys no longer a soother but an attachment? How long did your kids have a sucky? What was the deal breaker decision that made you get rid of it? How did you get wean them from it?