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!
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.