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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?

Here, we gathered its benefits, risks and safety tips to help you have more information about pacifiers:

Pros:

• 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
• Disposable

Cons:

• 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

Tips:

• Get the right pacifier. Use a brand that is free of bisphenol-A (BPA). We recommend getting the NUK baby pacifier from Baby Comfort. (Shop for NUK baby pacifier here)


• 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

 

When to Pull the Plug?

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.