Here are some pacifier pros and cons and how to usethe pacifier (dummy) without putting it back in all night.
I’ve used the pacifier with all my babies and have to say that I do love them.
They have their pros and cons, but can be an extremely effective tool in helping comfort, calm, and sleep train your baby.
But first, if you are deciding whether to take the plunge to pacify, consider three things:
- your baby will get addicted
- he will not kick the habit willingly
- he will attempt to have you reinsert it day and night if you let him.
If you’re okay with those things (and I always was!) then it may be for you!
As long as you know those things you’re ready to go :)
Here are some general rules of
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- Let them suck during their wake time or when they’re happy as it satisfies the non-nutritive sucking need young infants have.
- Use the pacifier to help night wean your baby or toddler. If they are used to nursing to sleep, try substituting the pacifier (particularly if it’s one they can put back in themselves) as this will help wean them from nursing. This probably works best if your spouse gives them the pacifier, not you.
- Get a pacifier that babies can put in and keep in and toddlers can find in their crib without your help. I have purchased quite a few of these pacifiers, and they are easy to find in the dark for your baby or toddler.
- Let your baby have the pacifier if you need to prolong the time until their next feeding. It will give them temporary relief, aka. they will be pacified, and you can get another 15 minutes out of them to finish at the checkout (because running errands with babies is hard), pay the bill at the restaurant, etc.
- Take the pacifier away when your children start to throw it out of the crib just so you’ll come back in to get it for them. This is a sign that they are now gettin’ tricky! When my son started this we took it away. After only one day he was sleeping without disruption again. If they’re old enough to play this game they’re old enough to go to sleep on their own ;).
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- Don’t confuse them by prolonging the pacifier wean. Of course you’ll know your kids better than anyone else, but I’ve found with my kids that once you start the wean then finish it. You can poke a hole, make it bigger, etc. or another trick of the trade, but don’t take it away then give it back then take it away, etc. Make a plan then stick to it.
- Don’t use it so you don’t have to hear your baby cry. Learning their cries helps you accurately meet their needs which means they’ll probably cry less anyway. So sure you can use it to comfort your baby, but try to determine the reason of their cry first.
- Don’t let your babies use it indefinitely as a sleep prop. Using the pacifier can be a good sleep association, and help the baby or toddler to get to sleep, but don’t make a habit of going back into the room to put the pacifier back in. If they can’t put it in themselves again then I’d start out how you can hold out. Mine have all been given the pacifier at bedtime, but I didn’t go back in all nigh long (unless they were teething or night weaning) and that is the best of both worlds.
How to stop going in all night to put the pacifier back in
It sound simple and you’ll meet resistance, but there’s pretty much two options here.
- Get them a pacifier they can find and put back in (my kids used these) or just stop doing it.
- Continue giving it at bedtime, but comfort in another way until they’re back to sleep and learning to sleep through their transition.
You can use the pacifier to help your baby or toddler in many ways. As long as you take a start out how you can hold out approach then you’ll all be happy you did.
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If baby seems to wake frequently and isn’t in need of a feed, you can give the pacifier back. After 6 months of age it’s a good idea to teach baby to put their own pacifier back in. If baby is waking too often, you may want to wean the pacifier.
It’s difficult to keep a pacifier in the baby’s mouth all night. This is because when they fully relax into a deep sleep, the muscles of their mouth will open and the pacifier will fall out. This type of pacifier can be propped up on baby’s chest and stands the best chance.
According to doctors and studies done, it does not cause gas. Intense sucking possibly can take in air that may cause some air bubbles, but it’s not noticeable and will not be the main cause of gas.
According to the AAP pacifiers help reduce the risk of SIDS because when baby is sucking on them (or a breast) they remain active and in a lighter state of sleep which helps their body’s systems keep them awake and alert.
Any age is a good age to take the pacifier away if baby is becoming too dependent, can’t re-insert it in their own mouth, or if it’s disrupting their night sleep. By around 1 year of age, it’s good to take the pacifier away so it doesn’t turn into an emotional crutch that also creates some teeth issues.
If you are nursing, midwives typically recommend waiting until around 6 weeks to introduce the pacifier so there isn’t nipple confusion. However, if you see your baby doesn’t have a difficult time latching on, then it’s fine.
You use pacifier weaning strategies. You can remove the pacifier cold turkey, put a hole in the top, mail it to a loved one, or anything in between. But the key is to pick a strategy and stick with it.
Ah ha! A good trick is to take the pacifier and put it in the baby’s mouth then gently tug it out. This will cause baby to instinctually suck on it. Do this a few times every time you put it in until baby gets a strong suck.