Post # 1
I’m just curious, I used one with my son and i plan on using one with this baby. I brought it up to Darling Husband (both his girls are thumbsuckers) and he was totally against it. I’d much rather have a binky then a thumbsucker, I’m a total germ-a-phobe.
I’m not trying to start a heated discussion here, just wondering.
*edited to add*
I successfully weaned my son from his at 1 years old, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it’d be.
Post # 3
I would use it. My niece is 8 and my sister still can’t get her to stop sucking her thumb!
Post # 4
Depends. My parents tried to give me one, and I spit it out- refused it every time. My sister took it and was easy to wean. My brother took it and they had a horrible time taking them away. I think I will but it depends on the situation 🙂
Post # 5
We used a pacifier for about 2 weeks; then, my daughter wouldn’t take one any more. I think every kid is different, though; some might never want to wean from a pacifier and some might never take one!
Post # 6
My son never took to one. So, we never had to take it away! He also never sucked his thumb. Yeah, we got amazingly lucky! I agree that I would’ve rather he used a pacifier than sucked on his thumb.
Post # 7
@TheMrs2013: You sure did get lucky!
Dh daughters (6 and 2.5) both suck their thumbs, the blisters they get are gross and the youngest was in the hospital for 4 days last year with a staph infection that was caused from the blister on her thumb ick. That pretty much made up my decision!
Post # 8
Like many other decision I made before actually being a parent, I ended up doing exactly what I said I would never do.
We ended up using one! lol
Post # 9
If he/she wants one then sure but our daughter took one for maybe a few weeks but never really liked it. She didn’t suck her thumb either. I will not be allowing them to use it past a year though… I do not like seeing children sucking pacifiers/thumbs after that age *shrugs*
Post # 10
We just started using one with Baby T when he was 2 weeks old. It’s great to tide him over while I get ready to feed him and to help him sleep if he’s a little fussy.
I was a thumb sucker and it ruined my front teeth and my bite because I didn’t stop until after I was in school (at night time). My reasoning was that you can take away the pacifier but you can’t take away the thumb.
Post # 11
Yes, I plan to use one if she will take it/wants it. My parents got lucky with me (I didn’t take one and wouldn’t suck my thumb—now I love suckers/gum/etc but not cigs thankfully—it’s like I skipped that stage back then and have it as an adult) but I’ve seen some bad cases of thumb suckers and would rather she take a paci.
Post # 12
I will definitely have one to offer my baby when we have one. I work in NICU and those things are miracle workers in my nursing opinion (LOL). If they don’t want it I won’t push it on them, but I have yet to meet a newborn that doesn’t like their soother.
Post # 13
We are planning to use one, as a NICU nurse I keep up on research. It has been shown that pacifiers actually help reduce SIDS.
Post # 14
@MissLily I was just coming back to edit my post to add that because I love that fact too! thanks for catching that 🙂
Post # 15
I swore up and down we never would use one. The very first day home from the hospital my son was crying and nothing I did seemed to soothe him. Finally I dug in the baby shower bags and found the pacifier my mom gave us “just in case” it saved me from a complete meltdown!
Post # 16
We’ll definitely be using one. Every ultrasound we’ve had has shown baby girl with her hand/fingers/thumb in her mouth and I’d much rather have a binky baby than a thumn sucker! Even if breaking the binky is hard- you can toss a binky, you can’t throw out a thumb!