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Newborn pacifier use

Updated on February 9, 2011

Everything about newborn pacifiers

Is it ok to use the pacifier for a newborn?

The pacifier was considered a good way to make a child happy and quiet. But pacifier is also criticized for a variety of reasons: hygiene, teeth problems, the nursing problem. When they lack a pacifier, infants will use their fingers to satisfy their need to suck. Some parents prefer their babies to suck their fingers, others are trying to banish this habit, even if it means resorting to a pacifier. Who's right is hard to say. 

At least in the first weeks of life is better, say some pediatricians it is better that the newborn won't receive a pacifier,or they will not be able to learn to suckle at the breast properly. Although it seems the same thing, sucking the breast and sucking on pacifiers are very different, requiring different movements of the tongue and cheeks. If at the same time he must learn two techniques of sucking, the baby becomes confused and will not learn to suck the breast. That means he will suck ineffective, the mother will have swore and pain, and her breast won't be stimulated to produce large amounts of milk. Thus, mothers who give pacifiers to their newborns will breastfeed less than they want.

But if we give up the pacifier, what will the baby do when he feels the need to suck? At some point he'll learn to suck finger, a practice as calming and soothing for him as pacifier sucking. The problem is that finger sucking is a bit more dangerous. 

Dependency will be more difficult to cure - you can throw a pacifier, finger remains forever  - and, moreover, if the child fails to stop his habit up to 4-5 years old, he may have dentition problems . Thumb is harder than the pacifier  and pressing on the teeth may crook them.

Therefore, some doctors say, the easiest is to give in and give the baby a pacifier, even if only because he did not get their finger sucking. Eventually, the pacifier is known for its effectiveness in calming a baby's cry. Sucking reflex is so strong and so calm that some babies, once are given pacifiers instantly become calm. 
So, if you need to call on the pacifier to help your baby become calm and sleep like a newborn, you should know how to rightly use it.

How to use a pacifier for your newborn

First, you must wait until the baby learns to suck right to the breast. This may take several weeks. 

Secondly, you should choose the appropriate dummies with the size and shape that the child likes. For that, try different types until you find the right thing. Observe manufacturers' age recommendations. Every baby should have more dummies, all of the models he likes. Do not leave home without at least two pacifiers for that if it happens that one of them crashes or gets lost, you need to have a back-up. Do not try to clean a pacifier with anything else but hot water and then cold water. Be careful that some pacifiers have a design that permit water to get inside and you have to shake it well to dry all the water before giving it back to your newborn.

Each pacifier should be "inspected" before "putting it in the baby's mouth. If it is broken, no matter how little, you can throw it. If it is split in pieces they will be swallowed by the baby, who might choke on them. 

Pay attention to the string of the pacifier! Many models have the cord that hangs from the neck if a child lose it from their mouth. Use the string when you step out on the street, not in bed, especially if the baby falls asleep with a pacifier in his mouth. There is little risk to twist the cord and wrapp it around his neck, suffocating him. 

Last but not least, use other methods to soothe your baby. If you put a pacifier in newborn's mouth every time he'll cry, they understand that this is the only way to calm themselves and become dependent on a pacifier, and later will be very difficult to separate from it.

Pacifiers for newborn which I use for my baby

Me and my baby and the pacifier

My own experience with the pacifier sounds something like this:

There might be some negative effects on using the pacifier, yes, although minor ones.
But a mom need to sleep or rest from time to time and if your newborn cries or is fussy than trust me, the pacifier is the best for the job.

Even the baby won't get benefits by crying or being nervous, so if the pacifier will calm your newborn than rush and buy two or three of those goodies.

Do you use a pacifier for your baby?

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