Love or Hate Pacifiers? January 09 2017

We have parents that love pacifiers and others that simply hate them, which has gotten us thinking... The main question most parents have is: are pacifiers are bad for babies’ mouth? Here are some points of views.

 

LOVE PACIFIERS

There are lots of great testimonies of parents that love pacifiers. The majority of them say their babies didn’t experienced mouth problems or speech problems. But also they say, pacifiers are taken away from babies when they are around 2 yrs old. The reality is that most manufacturers seem to really think about the shape of the pacifier and designed them to not interfere with the proper growth of teeth and mouths.

There's are also researches that confirm that pacifiers are not only good to calm babies but using a pacifier may help babies safety when asleep. That seems to be because a baby using a pacifier might sleep a little less deeply and have more oxygen in their mouth and so perhaps be less prone to the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  

In addition, pacifiers make a baby feel good, says Dr. Cathryn Tobin, MD, pediatrician and author of The Lull-A-Baby Sleep Plan.  Sucking stimulates the release of chemicals from the brain that actually decrease stress.

Last but not least, pacifiers certainly are great to comfort babies and as opposed to thumb sucking, its something parents can control and can say when to stop.  It may well take few days for the baby to adjust without a pacifier but definitely much easier than stopping thumb sucking.

So if you are a Pacifier lover, don´t forget to take it with you when Out and About and pin it with Poplico´s Pacifier Clip so it doesn't get lost or dirty.

 

HATE PACIFIERS

The main reason for those who hate pacifiers is because they really think pacifiers will deform the teeth as they grow, so you may end up with lots of costly visits to dentists.   

Some other mums think that pacifiers may interfere when establishing breastfeeding in early days, and that babies may get confused with the nibbles. It may do for some mums and babies. The experts say that it’s best not to give your baby a pacifier until you’ve established breastfeeding, which is usually by the time your baby is about a month old. 

Another cons about pacifiers is that if a baby falls asleep with a pacifier, they could wake themselves up and can’t put it back in, so parents would probably wake up more often to settle their babies.

Using a pacifier for long periods can make it harder for some babies to try to talk to you or make sounds. The baby’s speech development is another reason why it’s best to limit using a pacifier to when he's trying to get to sleep or when you really need to settle your baby.

 

BEST PACIFIER PRACTICES

- If you’re breastfeeding, wait until nursing is well established (usually three to four weeks) 

- While there’s no one brand of pacifier that is recommended, well-known brands tend to be well-tested. Also make sure to choose an age-appropriate size, too

- There is no best shape or type of pacifier, so give your baby the pacifier he enjoys most

- Try to keep pacifiers clean, use pacifier clips, check your baby’s pacifiers frequently, and if they are cracking or damaged, replace them  

- Babies should go to bed with a plain pacifier, so recommended to remove pacifier clips or holders

- Offer the pacifier to your baby at nap times and bedtime only. Once your baby is asleep, the pacifier should not be reintroduced if it falls out  

- Finally, keep in mind that it’s easier to wean babies off the pacifier by around one year of age or two, definitely before four to avoid mouth development problems