The Pros and Cons of Pacifiers

child reaching for pacifier

So why introduce a pacifier at all? The act of sucking is the first soothing technique a child learns. Some even learn it in utero by sucking their thumb. It helps a baby feel comforted. Providing a pacifier rather than a thumb is just parental preference. Some believe that it is easier to break the pacifier habit than the thumb-sucking habit because, well, you can’t take away someone’s thumbs.

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It’s really up to you. There are challenges to both sides of the argument. I recently marveled at a co-worker’s child because she never took to a pacifier, whereas my daughter is in love with hers, and I worry about the day I have to take it away. She laughed and said she wished her daughter had used a pacifier—it takes a lot more to calm her down without one. So there you have it—there’s never an easy answer!

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The Pros and Cons of Pacifiers

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26 comments

  1. 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. KaelinRae 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. Marlon says:

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

  5. 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. 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. Tania Hilton says:

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

  9. Sierra-Dawn says:

    My boy spits the pasi out

  10. 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. Amy says:

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

  15. ChrisS says:

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

  16. 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. 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. meredith says:

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

  19. 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. 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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