Your baby is crying uncontrollably. You have just fed him, checked his pampers, provided skin to skin and guess what? He is still crying!!!!

What comes to mind? Shove a pacifier into his mouth because I need to sleep and also need some quietness around here. Using a pacifier is truly a personal decision Mama! There are advantages and disadvantages of its use and you get to choose if it is beneficial for you both. I remember my oldest, when I tried to give it to her she deliberately pushed it out of her mouth. I was really surprised to see her do that. I called my husband to show him and he said I don’t blame her. She is intelligent! At that time I only wanted a quiet house after she seemed to be crying for hours upon hours.

It is extremely important that I clarify why a pacifier’s is crucial to your baby’s safety and that you are aware of the steps to reap the maximum benefits.

Many newborns and Moms are fascinated by the use of a pacifier😂 I never was . And you know I never tried to give it to any of the other three babies? I was not aware of the many benefits that have been discovered over the years. Its been like almost thirty years ago! So there are advantages and disadvantages whereas you may think about braces in your baby’s future to the dentist, like I did, and/ or you are in all probability over excited that this plastic if pushed into his mouth could very well bring comfort while soothing their cries.

Ahh, get pleasure from that silence and on the other hand worry pops into your head as a result of you marvel if this carefree consumption can be addictive or officious with feedings. You eventually discover that your baby the pacifier, but you have some questions concerning its usage and safety. Here are some great questions with answers to help you along:


👌Well go ahead and glide it into his trembling mouth and let him paci away. The paci is additionally sensible for them — and you — in additional ways than that one. According to the healthy Children’s organization, there is evidence that pacifiers will not harm children but actually prevent the condition called Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).


There’s no proper or incorrect solution approximately how quickly you ought to deliver your new child a pacifier. But if you’re breastfeeding, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) normally recommends ready till you and your  little one have a nursing habitual down pat. Additionally, they suggest that you wait at least four weeks to establish to prevent nipple confusion.

You are probably wondering w hat on the planet is nipple confusion, and why you were not informed in the hospital. Did you know that sucking on a nipple is different from sucking on a pacifier? A 2013 study revealed that only breastfed babies may benefit from a pacifier.

Almost seventy nine percent of babies with pacifiers out there were breastfed solely while not being given any formula feedings.
By distinction, when limiting pacifiers, concerning sixty eight percent of babies breastfed solely.
So, one theory is that pacifiers might keep babies contented and distracted between breastfeeding. Additional analysis is required, therefore check with your doctor.

If you baby is solely bottle-feeding from the beginning, you must be ready to provides a soothing pacifier quickly.


Absolutely, safe Mama! What’s even better? Pacifiers also are connected to lowering the chance of sleep-related death in babies. sudden cot death syndrome (SIDS) is that the commonest reason for death in babies between one month and 1 year.😒

Several medical studies have found that giving your baby a pacifier whereas they sleep could also be related to a reduced risk of sudden infant death syndrome

Medical organizations are listening, too. The AAP’s safety tips against sudden infant death syndrome advises that pacifiers facilitate even though they fall out when your baby nods off.  — pop the pacifier in your newborn’s mouth and get that much needed rest.😊


Did you know pacifiers could facilitate shielding your baby from sudden infant death syndrome and suffocation throughout sleep for many reasons? They could really make  it tougher for your baby to roll over onto their abdomen. Tummy time is nice underneath your watchful eye, however sleeping on the abdomen is that the riskiest position for sudden infant death syndrome! I would not risk it and I do not think you should.; as you could never replace your little bundle of joy.

A pacifier additionally blocks your baby’s face from accidently obtaining too , a pillow, or blanket. That being aforesaid, your infant’s crib ought to be as empty as a

Other researchers suppose that intake on a pacifier may facilitate babies develop higher nerve reflexes and respiratory muscles.

Give your baby their favorite pacifier as you lay them down (on their back) for sleep or a nap. If the pacifier falls out mid-sleep, it’s utterly OK. You do not have to put it in if they continue to sleep.😊

Pacifiers are as vital as baby diapers Keep a couple available to allow to your newborn: reception, in your automotive, and in your purse.


Rest assured that a pacifier is a smaller amount addictive than intake on a thumb or finger, and habits are unlikely to create before 6 months. A pacifier is much easier to give up on than a thumb or finger. Do you agree?

  • during general fussiness
  • During sleep and nap time, pacifiers help:
  • babies often nod off and keep sleeping
    babies relax and self-soothe back to sleep if they rouse
    Pacifiers may additionally help:
  • prevent sudden infant death syndrome in newborns
    your baby stays contented between feedings longer
    Pacifiers  soothe and distract babies:
  • from general anxiety or fear
  • when they’re sick or colicky (heaven forbid, but it happens)
  • when they’re getting a check-up or shots
  • when they’re being bathed but before they take to the water

During flights and travel a pacifier may:

  • help ease anxiety
  • help relieve earache from air pressure changes


Like I informed you in the beginning, the use of pacifiers have both positive and negative effects.

Here are some of them:

Nipple confusion can occur if a pacifier is used too soon, and your baby may:

  • prefer the pacifier to latching onto your breast
  • get tired and breastfeed for short periods only

They can also be habit-forming, but generally only over the age of 6 months. If this happens, your precious little one might:

  • become dependent on a pacifier to self-soothe while awake
  • wake up and cry if the pacifier falls out during sleep

Illness can also occur if the pacifier isn’t cleaned often and adequately. They may:

  • spread germs
  • increase the risk of ear infections (more common after the age of 6 months)

And finally, using a pacifier for too long can famously interfere with your baby’s incoming teeth. They can cause baby teeth to grow in slightly crooked.

Pacifier manufacturers have developed new shapes and sizes to combat this, and also keep in mind that baby teeth aren’t permanent. Braces are expensive nowadays and very uncomfortable. I know because my last baby used to suck finger and it was not easy to stop. Looking back now I wished I had given her a pacifier. She still is wearing braces today which I believe occurred because she sucked her finger too long. As a mother I realize that mommies and daddies are not perfect. We live and we learn.😉


I am sure you have heard it said, ” All good things must come to an end.” One clue might be when you observe him chewing it while drooling. You can try weaning if you see this happening.

Try these skills and see which one works best for you:

  • Go cold turkey! and wave through the tantrums.
  • Try only giving at certain consistent times
  • Only have the pacifier in one place e.g. their crib
  • Provide other means to calm down .e.g. toy or blanket. Make sure your choice of toy or blanket brings positive energy.
  • cut it up in the front of your child and let him know that it is no longer good for them and throw it in the garbage while he is watching.


  • Never use multiple-pieces that can become loose to reduce accidental choking.
  • Always use the ones made from natural rubber or plastic.
  • Avoid using pacifiers with harmful ingredients like bisphenol-A (BPA)
  • You must without a shadow of a doubt, sterilize in boiling water for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Always keep it in enclosed case when not in use.
  • Keep more than one on hand probably in bedroom, dinning room, and in the car. Keep what you can handle.
  • Never use both top and nipple from a baby bottle as a pacifier. This is very dangerous and could cause choking.
  • The shield between the nipple and the ring should be at least 1-1⁄2 inches (3.8 cm) across, so the infant cannot take the entire pacifier into her mouth. Also, the shield should be made of firm plastic with ventilation holes.
  • Tying a pacifier onto your baby is a no, no. This could cause injury or death.
  • Pacifiers deteriorate over time. Inspect them periodically to see whether the rubber is discolored or torn. If so, replace them. In addition, follow the recommended age range on the pacifier, as older children can sometimes fit an entire newborn pacifier in their mouth and choke
  • If in doubt about anything ask your pediatrician.
  • Pray and ask God for His help in assisting you in making the right decision. He is concerned about you!😊


Pacifiers are safe for your newborn. When you give them one depends on you and your baby. You might prefer to have them practically come out of the womb with a pacifier and do just fine. Or it may be better to wait a few weeks, if they’re having trouble latching onto your breast.

Pacifiers have advantages and disadvantages. An extremely vital effect is that it prevents SIDS for babies under 4 months of age.

Another benefit is you do not have to be concerned about your newborn developing an earache or teething problems; as these conditions are common at 6 months.

It is recommended by the AAP to wean your litter star off the pacifier by 1 year. If you can get baby off sooner, the better. I encourage you to enjoy every stage of your child’s growth. For it will soon only be a memory.


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Published by Marilyn Smith

Hello. My name is Marilyn Smith. I am a Health Specialist with specialized skills in Clinical Practical Nursing, and Midwife of thirty six years. I am also a certified Lactation and Grief Specialist. I am well qualified to assist in meeting your breastfeeding needs. Breastfeeding is indeed the best for your baby. Congratulations on making such a wonderful decision. Consider this your home as we learn about the joys and pains of pregnancy & breastfeeding

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