Mother and child care
Soother free

Soother free

Saying goodbye to your little one's soother

Dr Kerry Taylor

Parent Infant Clinical Psychologist

Words from an expert

There is nothing wrong with trying to soothe or console your infant when they are overwhelmed or upset. This is parental instinct.


As your baby grows you will naturally want to make sure that their soother use is exactly right for their needs and development. For example, when your child is in an alert state they are wired for communication and will need to use their mouth to make pre-verbal movements and sounds. In other states, such as when they are drowsy or a distressed, your baby is not in ‘communication mode’ so a soother is just fine.


As your baby becomes a toddler they may start to only need their soother at particular times of the day, like nap time, or bed time. You know your baby best, so you will know when the time is right for you and your family to significantly reduce, or even say goodbye, to the soother.


To make this process easier for you, I have shared some methods to help your child become soother free, as well as some useful tips to help you and your little one with this transition.

It can take multiple methods and tricks before your toddler says goodbye to their soother

Every child prefers a different method. Find out which method fits you and your toddler.

Make it a happy and joyful experience and be inspired by our helpful tips.

Read a bedtime story to your toddler  


Tap into your child’s imagination and creativity and use the magic of a fun bedtime story to help your little one become soother free.

Join the Pacifier Challenge #pacifierchallenge

Every toddler has its own weaning off challenge, and this challenge is worth watching, following and sharing. We encourage you to join the pacifier challenge and record this milestone in various ways. Your challenge can be an inspiration to others.