i wanna ask if the pacifier is really advisable?
Amy - posted on 11/09/2012
It's not going to do any serious long term damage if you are only giving it to them at nap and bedtime, and they give it up by 1 1/2. Some babies actually need it. One of mine took it one didn't, the one that tool it gave it up by 8 months when she started teething.
Jodi - posted on 11/09/2012
It really depends on the child. I probably didn't need to give one to my oldest, but I did, and there was no harm done. He didn't give it up until he was about 2 1/2, and seriously, he is absolutely unharmed by it. He only used it when he was soothing himself off to sleep.
When my daughter was born, I was actually ADVISED to give her one by the paediatrician, because she was born very small with a very weak sucking reflex and was having difficulty feeding (in fact, she had to be tube fed for the first 10 days of her life). Using a pacifier helped her develop her sucking so she could breastfeed more efficiently. Again, she was about 2 1/2 when she gave hers up.
"it will force the teeth to grow out like a horses"
That's a load of crap. Both my kids had them and their teeth are fine.....(the oldest is now 15, just in case you felt the need to say, just you wait until they are older). As long as you manage how often they use them, it is not an issue.
However, having said that, if your baby doesn't need it, or can do without it, I wouldn't introduce it.
S. - posted on 11/09/2012
I think it all depends on if the baby is a "sucky baby" or not, I'd rather a dummy sucker then a thumb sucker. As long as you get rid of it early enough and only offer it for comfort then you shouldn't have a problem with teeth and 1-1.5 is a good age to stop them from using them.
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