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Can those soothie pacifiers really make a difference for a baby?

Can those soothie pacifiers really make a difference for a baby?

Pacifiers: Yes little babies love to suck, it is a part of their developmental stage and they need to have enough of it before 18 months of age to avoid oral fixation. That is one of the reasons we always recommend breast feeding because it gives them more sucking than bottles. ...Read more

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Baby almost 2, uses soothie pacifier. Worried about teeth. Won't take another type. Will permanent teeth be affected?

Baby almost 2, uses soothie pacifier. Worried about teeth. Won't take another type. Will permanent teeth be affected?

Pacifier use: It was not mentioned how old the baby is, 2 years or 2 months. If the baby is 2 months old pacifier use should be discontinued by 6 months of age.I have not seen any problems with teeth with pacifier use at this age since the teeth usually come through around 9 months of age.If the child is 2 years old it's use should be immediately discontinued . ...Read more

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How do I stop the pacifier?

How do I stop the pacifier?

Pacifier problems: Many airway problems develop in children with prolonged pacifier use. The dental arch is not developed normally when there is a malocclusion caused by a pacifier or thumb in place continually. So, stopping this habit early is a benefit. Best is behavior modification with rewards, second is removal of the pacifier from the house. The danger is that a thumb will be substituted. Positive feedback ! ...Read more

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When to give a baby pacifier?

No rules: There has been much arguing over the years about pacifiers. In the end, though, there are no rules. When you say baby, i assume that you really mean a baby, under a year of age. My rule: if you baby likes sucking on a pacifier, its fine. Eventually, you need to get rid of the pacifier, but that is something to do in the second year of life. ...Read more

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When should I stop the pacifier?

When should I stop the pacifier?

When baby tosses it : Some babies show no real interest in pacifiers & will not miss it if you don't bring it along. Others have a tight self soothing bond & should be left alone.Clipping it to an outfit with a ribbon prevents baby from using the mouth as a pocket.More time out of the mouth decreases interest.A ziploc bag can help later.Sudden removal by a parent figure sets up a distrust that can last a lifetime. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of pacifiers?

What are the pros and cons of pacifiers?

Few if any cons: In general infants are pacified by sucking and a pacifier can really help infants that are calmed by sucking, in my experience pacifiers rarely interfere with breast feeding and since they can easily be removed when needed are preferable to sucking on fingers/thumbs. ...Read more

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How often should we change baby's pacifier?

See below: You only need to change it if it looks worn or it is damaged. ...Read more

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When can I start giving my baby a pacifier?

When can I start giving my baby a pacifier?

Its up to you & babe: Over three decades I have seen consultants pro/con write about pacifiers.We are told babies are to confused if started early, but most will still breast feed well & they will never tell us why if they don't. I find babies put down to sleep with a pacifier will wake in the night and cry until someone puts it back in, not a good scene at 3am. Best use is when alert as a self soothing tool. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about pacifier safety?

What do I need to know about pacifier safety?

Pacifier safety tips: Pacifiers deteriorate over time. Inspect them periodically and replace them if the rubber is discolored or torn. Never tie a pacifier to your child’s crib or around your child’s neck or hand. This could cause serious injury or even death. Prolonged pacifier use might lead to dental and speech problems. ...Read more

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How long is it okay for a child to have a pacifier?

How long is it okay for a child to have a pacifier?

Wean Early: Sooner is better when it comes to weaning from a pacifier. The longer it stays, the harder it is to take away. And the longer it stays, the greater the risk of speech delay, cavities, needing braces... I tell parents, "sometimes, the only way to get rid of the pacifier is to get rid of the pacifier." throwing it away may seem hard in the short run, but it's far easier in the long run. ...Read more

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