(Closed) pacifiers linked to lower rate of SIDS?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2820 posts
Sugar bee

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
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

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
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

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
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

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
2561 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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.

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