Mommy Guide: Pacifier Pros, Cons and Tips
If you're a new parent, comforting your baby is one of your highest priorities, and trust us, you may find a pacifier very helpful. However, the question remains, are pacifiers really okay for your baby to use?
• Helps reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
• Helps satisfy their sucking reflex
• Help soothe fussy babies and provide temporary distraction
• Help babies fall asleep
• Using pacifiers early might interfere with breast-feeding
• The baby may become dependent on the pacifier in order to fall asleep
• Using pacifiers increases risk of ear infections
• Using pacifiers until toddler-hood might cause dental problems
• Get the right pacifier. Use a brand that is free of bisphenol-A (BPA). We recommend getting the NUK baby pacifier from Baby Comfort.
• Don't secure a pacifier to your baby with a cord -- it’s a strangling hazard.
• Get the right size. Match it to your baby’s age to make sure it fits her mouth.
• Don't let kids share a pacifier. You don’t want them to share germs. Also, wash pacifiers in soap and hot water to keep them clean between uses.
• Pick a pacifier with ventilation holes in the shield to let air in.
• Give the pacifier as is. If you sweeten it, it can damage your baby’s teeth.
• Try giving your baby the binky at nap time and bedtime.
• Offer the pacifier between feedings when you know he's not hungry
The silver lining in this cloud is that unlike a thumb, children can be weaned from a pacifier. And the sooner you do it, the better.