Brighter Days: 4 Top Tips for Pacifiers
Check out the baby section of a store, and you'll see a dizzying array of pacifiers. They come in many shapes, sizes and colors.
Despite a bit of a bias in our society against pacifiers, the American Academy of Pediatrics actually gives them the A-OK, especially between one and six months.
Here are some benefits to pacifiers:
-- Studies suggest that pacifier use during sleep might help to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
-- Pacifiers soothe fussy babies because babies suck to calm themselves down, even before they are born.
-- If you need a distraction for your hungry baby, a pacifier can fit the bill, buying you a few minutes to find a place to nurse or warm a bottle.
-- Pacifiers can help babies fall asleep.
-- When it's time to give up the pacifier, you can take it away. Not so with a baby's thumb!
But of course, there's also a flip side. Early pacifier use might interfere with breastfeeding. Prolonged use might lead to dental problems, such as the teeth slanting outward or not coming in properly. Plus, babies who lose their pacifiers in the night cry out
for help to get them back!