Merry - posted on 01/26/2011 ( 38 moms have responded )
I hear many moms argue this decision, and usually it ends up a 'whatever works for you' sort of thing. But where do you stand on this debate?
The pros and cons I've seen are some like this
Pros- it can be taken away by the parent
It keeps the Childs hands free
Cons- it gets lost alot
You have to buy it, or them :)
Pros- it never gets lost
It's all natural
Cons- can't be restricted as efficiently
child only has use of one hand while sucking
Edit to add:
Pros- natural way to sooth
Healthy for jaws
Weaning happens easily along with weaning from the milk
Usually meets sucking needs so effectively that sucking never goes overboard
Cons- mom is the only one who can do it
Car rides could be tricky with a fussy one
I'm sure everyone else has other reasons as to why they chose one or the other, or both!
I'm not sure medically speaking which is preferred but I'd tend to lean towards thumb being dentally better just because it is the 'natural' choice.
Do you prefer your babies suck a pacifier? Or their thumb?
Do you limit their sucking? Do you have a rigid age rule as to when they must stop?
Anyone have links to some medical, psycological, or dental reasons for one or the other?