Baby Tips – A User’s Guide to Pacifiers

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Babies have a natural instinct to suck. They might suck their thumb and finger in utero. It is a natural behavior that allows them to get the nutrition that they need in order to grow. It also comforts them and helps them to calm themselves down.

A soother or pacifier can help to sooth your baby. It should not be used in the place of feeding your baby, or in place of comfort and cuddling that you as a parent can provide to your baby.

A pacifier can be a good option in place of thumbs or fingers because there isn’t as much risk of damage to tooth development. You can control the use of a pacifier but you can’t control thumb sucking.

Pacifiers are disposable. If a child gets used to using one, when it’s time to stop using it, you can throw it away. Pacifiers also decrease the risk of SIDS and crib death.

It is a good idea to not use a pacifier if you are breastfeeding until the breastfeeding routine is established. Try to determine if your baby is hungry before you give them a pacifier. Feeding should be the first option, if the baby won’t eat, then try the pacifier.

The first time you use a pacifier, sterilize it by boiling it for five minutes. Cool it completely before you give it to the baby. Check the pacifier frequently for cracks or tears before you give it to the baby. Replace the pacifier if you see any cracks or tears in it.

Resist the temptation to dip the pacifier in sugar or honey. Honey can cause botulism and sugar can damage baby’s teeth.


Post time: Aug-22-2020
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