Let me tell you a little bit about my love/hate relationship with the Soothie. There are times when it is a life saver of my sanity and times when it toys with my sanity. My children like to play what we call The Pacifier Game (yes a very clever name I know). This basically consists of my children, primarily my daughter, crying for her soothie, one of us giving it to them, them waiting until we sit back down (or until our heads hit the pillow at night), spitting out their soothie, screaming for their soothie, repeat. I'm pretty sure none of us are really big fans of the Pacifier Game, but for some reason, they feel the need to play.
So I know you're probably saying, why don't you just stop giving them the pacifier then? Well, we've also found times when the pacifier is wonderful and actually owns up to it's namesake. My daughter has a bit of reflux and tends to get very worked up after her bottles. She gets so worked up that she ends up spitting up a lot of her bottle. The ONLY thing that settles her and reduces the amount of spit (because it's never fully stopped) is the soothie. There are also times when they are having trouble falling asleep and the soothie really just helps them get there.
So where do you draw the line and how do you do it? Do you stop cold turkey? Do you only give it to them after the bottle to settle their tummies? Do you only give it at night and eventually fade it out? I'd really like to hear what people did since taping it to my children's faces to keep them from spitting it out is not an option...right? ( I kid, I kid)