Post # 1
My MIL is VERY anti-pacifier. As someone who sucked her thumb as a baby, toddler, and child, I’d much prefer my child use a pacifier than suck his/her thumb to soothe themselves because at least you can take a pacifier away. I had an AWFUL time breaking the habit of sucking my thumb, and it affected my teeth more than a pacifier would have since I did it at night through elementary school.
But now I saw an article (and googled several more) on the use of a pacifier being linked to a lower rate of SIDS. (Here and here).
I liked this one, since it looks safe and addresses the orthodontic issue and is all natural.
Has anyone else read on this topic? What are you doing – using pacifiers or no?
Post # 3
I plan to. We were all finger suckers for the first few years but when we were babies had pacifiers occasionally. I don’t remember any of my sisters having a difficult time being weaned off of them. I don’t think I want my baby constantly suckling on one but see no harm in them in general.
Post # 4
We use the pacifier. MB only takes it to go to sleep (which makes sense because she also suckles the nipple when going to sleep). She won’t usually take it any other time. She spits it out once she is asleep. So we see no reason not to use it the way we are now.
We’re using the kind the hospital gives you. At first I thought it didn’t look orthodontic, but then I realized that she spits it out because it’s so big, so that was a good thing.
Post # 5
My in-laws are pretty anti-pacifier, too. In the end, it didn’t end up causing any fricition because Addie absolutely refused to take one after the first couple weeks. We used the MAM brand pacifier; we got a few free from the hospital.
Using a pacifier has a lot of positives: reduction of SIDS risk, helping comfort newborns when they’re upset, giving your nipples a break from all day breastfeeding sessions ;), etc… Also, I can’t remember where I read it, but I saw something recently about pacifiers not being an issue orthodontically until the baby is 2 years old. So, you might not need to use special orthodontic pacifiers, you may be able to use cheaper/free ones.
Post # 6
I used a pacifier with my daughter. She actually threw it in the trash herself when she was tired of it (at abt 8 months). Once she threw it away she was done…never sucked her thumb or anything.
Post # 7
We would have loved for our baby to have taken a pacifier. She refuses…
But the science is good. The thinking is that these infants sleep less deeply and so have less of a risk for SIDS.
The whole no pacifier thing is usually pushed by people who are worried about nipple confusion (which I don’t really believe in… I believe in nipple preference) and by the more old school among us. I always tell new parents to tell their friends and family that their doctor recommended x, y or z. Lets them off the hook.
Post # 8
I’m all for pacifiers, but I know that my mom had a terrible time getting me to give it up. She always tells a story about cutting off the tip and then seeing my pitiful watery face…I could have been like 4 (not really sure about the age).
Post # 9
I am a fan of pacifiers for the babies at work, I have noticed that babies who are soothed with a pacifier to sleep fall asleep faster, and spend less time fussing, also I have noticed that babies with pacifiers have fewer signs of reflux (I think because they create and swallow more saliva). Ny parents didn’t give us soothers, but I think I will let my kids have them.