The Pros and Cons of Pacifiers

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To use a pacifier or to not use a pacifier? Some parents don’t have to make this choice; their baby just won’t take a pacifier. Other parents need to weigh the pros and cons of pacifier use, and then decide whether or not to introduce them.

There are two main cons in regards to pacifiers. The first one is pacifier addiction. “Addiction” may sound like a harsh word, but it’s fairly accurate. It is hard for children to give up one of the first, if not the first, soothing methods they learn. This leads to the second con—many pediatricians agree that a child using a pacifier over two years of age may experience problems with the alignment of their teeth, and children over three may experience crooked permanent teeth. That is unpleasant and expensive.

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Another minor con of using pacifiers, is that they often fall to the floor and get dirty. This is mostly just annoying. Also, babies who use a pacifier at night, may become startled and upset to find that it came out of their mouth, especially if they can’t find it again.

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  1. Avatar of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    We used one when I weaned her from breastfeeding due to medication. It helps really in times to “pacify” her. That pacifier has been helpful when we travelled to US for more than 24hrs!

  2. Avatar of Allison Allison says:

    I do believe that I will use one, at least for the first year. However, this is all up to the baby. I’m not due until October, so we won’t know until then if the baby will take one.

  3. The nurses gave my son a pacifier without asking me. I did not want him to have a pacifier and the worst thing was that they soaked it in honey flavored water as that he would latch onto it. It made it harder for him to latch onto my breasts.
    It was pretty easy to get him off the pacifier though. He does not use a pacifier at all anymore.

  4. Avatar of Marlon Marlon says:

    if you dont have any help to care for the babies then the pacifier are life savers… specially for twins..

  5. Avatar of Ja Ja says:

    I probably wouldn’t use one but if I had to I might… I don’t know for sure. I just know that I wouldn’t want my baby to be attached to it.

  6. Avatar of Summertime94 Summertime94 says:

    i dont think i will use a pacifier children dont need them

  7. My son only uses it for bed time and that’s the only time. I don’t think it’d be hard to take it from him because he has his bear to sleep with every night since he was 5 months.

  8. Avatar of Tania Hilton Tania Hilton says:

    You missed the biggest pro to using a paci…its been proven to help prevent SIDs!!!

  9. Avatar of Sierra-Dawn Sierra-Dawn says:

    My boy spits the pasi out

  10. Avatar of katherine katherine says:

    My son didnt like the pacifier at first but now he loves he he goes to sleep with it n thats the only wat he calms down only if he has hes pacifier in his mouth idk how im gonna take it away from him when he gets older….

  11. I breastfeed and I use a pacifier occasionally. The newborn kind that looks like a nipple, she doesn’t want any other one anyway. The only time we offer the pacifier is when she has very bad colic, but breastfeeding gets her calm much faster or when we are at a restaurant or church. I was against pacifiers until I saw that, simply, it made my baby feel better. And like some say, it’s easier to take away a pacifier than a thumb. If your baby feels a need to suckle, she or he will use a pacifier or a thumb , if you dont give him/ her the pacifier. Or perhaps you’re the lucky parent of one of those infants that don’t like pacifiers/sucking on thumb, which saves you the trouble of deciding. :-)

  12. My son used one. we broke him of the habit at 14 months. That was a tough two weeks. But I’m still planning on using them for my daughter.

  13. I hope he doesn’t want the pacifier. Especially since I plan to breastfeed.

  14. Avatar of Amy Amy says:

    We rarely use a paci. Sometimes he’ll want it

  15. Avatar of ChrisS ChrisS says:

    Both of my kids doesn’t like pacifier anyway. I don’t need to worry about it.

  16. Avatar of ChrisS ChrisS says:

    Good info, though I already know it even before my children was born. My parents has mentioned this when I was little. I was curious the purpose of the pacifier and why didn’t I use it when I was a baby – a question I asked to my parents. The reason was exactly stated for cons.

  17. Avatar of gina gina says:

    i have used a paci with both of mine my son was 1 when we stopped and my daughter is 10mo and she uses it when she sleeps thats it and at night we use a glow in the dark paci from MAM and she sleeps 10-13 hrs every night no fussing! I love it and i do plan to break her of it in a few months :)

  18. Avatar of meredith meredith says:

    I was anti-paci, but he really likes it during his nap.

  19. Avatar of marylove marylove says:

    My oldest took a bink but we took it away by the time he was 1. My youngest never took a bink or sucked his thumb. I’m hoping this one won’t take a bink or his thumb either!

  20. I did not have to make the choice, my baby didn’t want to take it, I feel that based on the cons, it was a good decision.

  21. Avatar of MagPie13 MagPie13 says:

    I at first hadn’t planned on giving my baby girl a pacifier, but the 2nd night at the hospital she wouldn’t stop crying so I gave in.

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