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You are about to be a new mom and you have enough to think about, debate and determine about how you will raise this little bundle of joy without worrying about whether you will use a pacifier or not. Today we are sharing the pros and cons of using a pacifier for your baby as a means to help you determine what will suit your baby best.
Pros of Using a Pacifier
Pacifiers are convenient to use in public to quickly calm a fussy baby. Using a bottle with breastmilk or formula in it to sooth your fussy baby may lead to over feeding. A pacifier is a great substitute to food while in a store with a baby who needs to be calmed outside of normal feeding time.
It is said that pacifiers can reduce thumb and finger sucking, although there is not any solid research to prove this fact. The old wise tale is that a baby who uses a pacifier will be less apt to get into the habit of thumb sucking, which can be a difficult habit to break.
A natural soother, pacifiers can become quite the help for a good night sleep. If you have a fussy baby who needs to suckle in order to calm back to sleep, a pacifier can work wonders. Sucking on a pacifier helps the baby feel as if they are nursing or feeding which calms fussiness.
Cons of Using a Pacifier
A pacifier could become something that your baby becomes dependent upon. This could leave you with a toddler who isn’t quite sure about letting go of the use of a pacifier for soothing their fussy moments. This can be curbed by weaning off a pacifier earlier, but is still considered a con to think about.
Prolonged use of a pacifier is said to create jaw and teeth growth issues. While the survey is still out on whether this is truth, it’s something to consider. Prolonged use of a pacifier, as in using it too frequently, could lead to dental issues down the road.
Without the ability to properly sanitize a pacifier while on the road, it can lead to a germ cesspool. The last thing you want to have is a germ filled pacifier in the mouth of your new baby. Pacifiers will fall out of their mouth onto the ground or floor of car, leading to germ issues which can cause health problems.
There you have it, the pros and cons of using a pacifier for your baby. Ultimately it is up to you to weigh out these pros and cons to determine whether you will try a pacifier with your newborn baby or not. Good luck and congrats on your new bundle of joy.