No, we’re not talking about the heart-warming, action-packed family flick starring Vin Diesel. We’re talking about the little rubber piece of mommy magic that can save you a night’s sleep. What are the pacifier pros and cons and should you pop a binky in your baby’s mouth at first whimper?
Letting your child use a pacifier is a healthy way to calm their crying, but there are a few things to be aware of before you start letting them use one. Here are some pacifier pros and cons.
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No, a pacifier is not a substitute for nurturing or feeding. Some babies are soothed by rocking and cuddling while others want to keep suckling even after feeding. Newborns cry for an average of two hours a day, so popping a binky in their mouth can be a stress-reliever for both you and your baby!
Thumb-sucking can be a hard habit to crack. Unlike a thumb (which is in your baby’s control), you decide when it’s pacifier time and when it’s time to pull the plug! And you can dispose of it, after all!
Sucking is said to promote muscle development and oral-muscle function. Premature babies who use binkies tend to show earlier sucking patterns and gain weight faster, often reducing their risk of further health complications. Win win!7 Pacifier Pros And Cons: Should I Let My Baby Use One? Click To Tweet
You shouldn’t rely on a pacifier in a life or death situation, but the use of a pacifier actually has been linked to a decreased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies under the age of 1 suck on one during naptime or at bedtime.
This is an obvious one. The more you let your little one use a pacifier, the more attached he or she will get. Limit the amount of time you let your baby use one–it can be a tough habit to break, especially when they get into their “terrible 2’s.”
Oddly enough, pacifiers are responsible for a large number of ear infections in children under 3. This is because the sucking motion increases fluid collection in your child’s ears, which can lead to infection. Monitor your child’s pacifier time to make sure they’re staying nice and healthy!
It has been proven that children who suck anything–whether that be their thumb or pacifier or anything in between–past the age of 2 are at a higher risk of developing a crossbite and/or protruding front baby teeth. It’s a good idea to start weaning your child off of their binky after their first birthday!
Moderation is key! Don’t hesitate to let your child use a pacifier if it works for you, especially at bedtime or particularly fussy times. (And enjoy your extra peace and quiet, guilt-free!)