The pacifier

Before getting pregnant, or even thinking of having a child, I had made the decision that no pacifier would pass the lips of my future children. I had seen the 4-year-old in the market sucking away, the child talking through the pacifier, the screaming baby that dropped their pacifier. I wasn’t going down that path – no way. Then, I had a baby.

Oh, how things change.

Pacifiers pacify – that is what they are for.  Your baby is wailing and nothing seems to calm her down, so you shove in a pacifier.  Babies like to suck, and many times while they were in the womb, they were sucking on something. During one of my ultra-sounds, sure enough, there was the little one sucking away on her hand. Sucking is a self-soothing activity, and pretty essential to helping calm newborn babies down.

When babies are born, everything around them is new and different from what it was like in the womb. Pacifiers offer some relief to frustrating situations that both baby (and parents) encounter.  It has recently been documented that pacifiers also help in lowering chances for SIDS if used at night while baby is sleeping. Pediatricians suggest making sure, if you are breastfeeding, that your baby is following a good feeding pattern and latching well before offering a pacifier.  Everyone also says that during the first couple weeks, even months, that you shouldn’t feel badly about spoiling your little baby – so offering a pacifier isn’t so bad, is it?

Pacifiers can potentially lead to language delay and dental problems.  Your sweet adorable child might also become hooked on it, refusing to give it up, and wailing for it all day.  A pacifier used too early might also interfere with breastfeeding, and your baby might not learn how to nurse.   It is suggested to stop use of pacifiers by age 2 to make sure the jaw and bite of your child forms correctly.

Pacifiers can lead to various health issues, such as inner ear infections, if you don’t properly clean your beloved pacifier regularly.  You can put many pacifiers in your dishwasher or boil them on the stove.  Make sure that the pacifier you select doesn’t have any recalls and it has proper ventilation holes.  Not all babies will take a pacifier. Then you are dealing with a frustrated child, and confused parents, and no one is happy.

Wow, sounds like all that information at the end of a Cialis commercial.

So, does my child have a pacifier? She sure does. I try to allow the pacifier only during sleep times, and am already anxious about the day I will have to wrangle it away from her.

I fear the day.

2 thoughts on “The pacifier

  1. We are still enjoying the paci, and Ivy is just about 14 months now.
    I’m thinking the night is coming soon when the paci won’t be making it’s nightly appearance….. UGH. 🙁

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