Question On Dummys Pacifiers

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lala7 - April 10

I'm just wondering everyones opinion on using dummys (pacifiers). We're conflicted on what to do. We've used it a couple of times on our dd for a short time to settle her but it makes me want to cry when I see her sucking on it. Do you think they're a good or bad thing to be using??

 

Malica - April 11

Why do you want to cry? Our DD loved it when we first offered it at about 2 weeks and has been self-weaning already (at about 3-4 months she stopped wanting it during the day -- now she just takes it in her crib). If I were to change anything at all, it would have been that I would not have hesitated to give her one right away.

 

cubbie - April 11

In big I'm against dummies, I don't like to see a baby given a dummy just to stop them fussing or to stop them crying when they're awake, that's when it leads to a toddler still walking around with one in their mouth all day when they're older, but I don't have a problem with using one the first 3-4 months as an aid to sleep as during this time the baby is still learning to self soothe and needs to suckle a lot. I used one with my younger baby just for 10 minutes before she slept and she weaned herself off it by 4 months. Basically if you get her ready for bed, put her in her crib and give her a dummy to fall asleep she will suck it for about 10 minutes and then it will fall out, that's when you need to take it away and she won't form a dependancy on it. If after 10 minutes it hasn't fallen out, lightly pull it, if she resists, leave it another five minutes, but if you can take it out easily do it otherwise she'll get used to the idea that to sleep she needs it in her mouth.

 

K8 - April 11

im with cubbie - my first born used one for a couple of months and i am doing the same with my 6 week old - but only at night time and he always spits it out when he drifts off to sleep andi leave him then - before i had kids i swore id never use one and now i recommend it to all mums who are having sleep trouble with newborns. They need to sooth themselves with something and its either a pacifier or my b___b. :) so i know what i choose at bed time when im exhausted

 

Malica - April 11

"that's when it leads to a toddler still walking around with one in their mouth all day when they're older..." I'm curious to read more about this -- where are you getting your information from? I have not found this to be the case with my daughter. If she would fuss or cry during the day and I'd give her a soother because that's what she was crying/fussing over and that's what she wanted. If it wasn't, she'd keep on fussing so I'd investigate and find out the real problem. It was always my first guess of what she wanted because it's the easiest thing to try (much easier than making a bottle just to find out she's not hungry and just wanted her pacifier). And like I said she self-weaned from all daytime use months ago and it doesn't look like we're going to have any problems with giving it up at night time when we choose to. I still don't understand why everyone is so terrified/up in arms about soothers.

 

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