Why Should I Give My Baby a Pacifier?

I know Moms who refuse to give their babies a pacifier.

They’ve heard all the horror stories of breaking a big kid’s pacifier habit, and they don’t want their baby having anything to do with it.

 

Here’s the problem:

They’re risking ending up with a thumb sucker, which is a habit that’s 10 ten times harder to break.

You can’t exactly take away their thumb!

 

why should I give my baby a pacifier

 

Look:

Newborns are born with the sucking reflex which is one of several reflexes a baby is born with.  The sucking reflex is esssential for life as it is a baby’s way of accessing the nutrition it needs to survive.

Here’s the deal:

The sucking reflex is so strong that babies need to suck even after they have obtained the nutrition they need.

Hence the pacifier.

 

Having worked on the maternity floor, I am quite familiar with the Mom who tells me in the morning that their baby was latched on all night long and their baby must be really hungry.

No Mom, your baby needs to suck and you were his pacifier!


Here’s the bottom line:

Sucking is the only way newborns can soothe themselves.

Besides that important reason, giving babies a pacifier has been found to decrease the incidence of SIDS.

So do yourself a favor and get that pacifier for your baby.

If you do end up with a 3 year old still sucking his pacifier, you’ll cross that bridge when you come to it.

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3 Comments

  • Reply Saffi Yusef

    Lovely post! Thank you x

    February 1, 2017 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Ash

    Thank you! I’m having a hard time breaking my son of the pacifier. It kind of sucks. But we had twins back in April and they were in the nicu for almost 2 months I was back and forth and it was hard on him,he became more attached to the bink. That being said I wouldn’t change it! It was so helpful in the beginning with soothing and teething and it kept him from putting things in his mouth when he got a little older. Binkys all the way!

    February 14, 2017 at 8:21 pm
    • Reply Registered Mommy Nurse

      Sounds like he really needed the pacifier back then! Good luck with getting him off the pacifier I know it can be hard!!

      February 15, 2017 at 3:59 am

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