introducing a pacifier

Amanda - posted on 12/03/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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hie my baby is 8weeeks now and he's now sucking his thumb so much that the noise ends up irritating me , so is it safe to introduce him to the pacifier?

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Caithlin - posted on 12/15/2009

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my daughter was also given a pacifier in the hospital. she loved it for a few days and then wouldnt take it but then i introduced it again when she was a month old and she loved it. my milk supply might have slightly decreased bc she had been comfort sucking on me before she really started taking her pacifier, but she still gets all the milk she needs. i love her pacifier especially when we are in the car! if do decided to use one i wouldnt buy a bunch of one kind until you know which one he likes, because my daughter would only take the soothies and none of the other kinds that we tried!

Amie - posted on 12/14/2009

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My daughter is almost 3 months old and is a breast fed baby. She has had a pacifier since the hospital. She does not take it very often, only when she needs something comforting like if she is having trouble falling asleep. Within the last couple of weeks she has become a thumb sucker, but it is the same case she only does it when she needs the comfort. I find it nice because she is able to do it herself. She can find her own thumb and suck it, but she can't pick up her own pacifier and put it in her mouth so she had to rely on me. Which was especially difficult when she would suck so hard on it that she spits it out so I have to give it back to her. So give him the pacifier if you want and he wants I don't think it will cause problems as long as you don't let him use it too long as he grows. But, if he sucks his thumb and enjoys it, let him. It is comforting to him and he will probably grow out of it. And, it will save you from having to play the in and out pacifier game. But, I would not worry about it affecting speech or eating (if breast fed) or teeth. I have read that it (pacifier or thumb sucking) will not effect speech or teeth development if ended by about age 5 and the large majority of kids will stop themselves if you let them enjoy it for awhile and outgrow it with time.

Lyndsey - posted on 12/10/2009

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ive been breastfeeding since my baby was born and i gave her a pacifier the day she was born....she likes the sucking.she was never confused about nipples.also she isnt speech impaired she is actually starting to "talk" she says hi

Jo - posted on 12/10/2009

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My baby started sucking her thumb as well. I tried giving her the pacifier however she just won't take it. She hates it. So I just leave her be, sucking her thumb away.

Nichola - posted on 12/05/2009

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If the sound is simply irritating, I think you should tolerate it and forget about about a pacifier... it is called a 'dummy' in some countries for good reason... it impedes a child's speech development. Further you don't want to stop him sucking his thumb, as it is thought to be a phase, so long as you, nor noone else is actively encouraging him placing his finger in his mouth. He will go through this phase much quicker if not discouraged, or be prolonged if you try to dissuade him. Believe it or not, his teething process is well on the way, and he finds his finger soothing... so let him..

Amanda - posted on 12/05/2009

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hey sherry i think that was too early didnt you have problems? anyway i guess it just differs from child to child.

Sherry - posted on 12/04/2009

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My baby was introduced to the pacifier as soon as she was born...In fact they gave it to her while in the hospital...

Natalie - posted on 12/03/2009

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If you're breastfeeding, you'd probably want to wait until that is firmly established before introducing a pacifier. Sucking on a pacifier is different than on the nipple, so it might confuse the baby. Otherwise, as long as you're fine with it, it's safe! Just remember that sometimes sucking on a pacifier will make the baby skip feedings, so make sure he's still eating enough.

Allison - posted on 12/03/2009

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My daughter won't take them.. She hates them.... my first daughter loved hers and it was hard to take them away from her!

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