Should my baby use a pacifier?
The use of a pacifier is of course, up to you. There are many pros and cons to both sides of the pacifier argument, however, today we’ll just be focusing on the positive aspects, and why it may be a good idea for you to offer it to your baby.
Most babies will be born with a strong sucking reflex, with some even sucking on their thumbs or fingers whist in the womb. It has a soothing effect, and that’s one of the reasons why many parents declare them to be a must have item.
Here are some of the pros of using a pacifier for your baby…
POSITIVES OF USING A PACIFIER
Reduces the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
Using a pacifier at nap and bedtime could reduce the risk of SIDS dramatically. Doctors aren’t exactly sure why, whether it be that the bulky handle inhibits the baby’s ability to adopt the prone sleeping position, or something else.
Might soothe a fussy baby
Some babies are typically most at ease when they’re sucking on something, be it breastfeeding, their hands, or a pacifier.
A quick and simple way to distract a baby who needs it, such as after getting their shots.
As baby’s can’t pop their ears intentionally, a pacifier may help relieve ear pain caused by the changes in air pressure.
They can help assist baby’s in self-soothing and for relaxation. Calm baby = calmer parents.
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