Pacifiers: Yay or Nay? Debate with the Danielle’s

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Yay or Nay?
What do YOU say?
I Say Yay. 
We come home from the hospital with the binki/paci already in use. It’s a life saver in my mind!
Luckily, for my sanity, all 4 of my kids always accepted it. I know a lot of baby’s who did not take to a paci at all. Newborn Gracie
With my first three kids, we started using paci’s from day #1. We weaned early, right around a year old.
With my fourth baby, Gracie, we did not wean when we should have (in my opinion) and she continued to depend on her binki until she was a little over two years old.
Around one year old we started leaving her binki in her crib. She knew she could only have it while she slept.
That worked out for a while, but then a couple of my daycare kids messed that up. They were still walking around with their binki’s so Gracie would steal theirs.
We had to give Gracie her binki back during the daytime so that she would stop stealing the other kids binki’s.
Just after Gracie’s 2nd birthday, we started trying again to keep it in the crib.
We also used binki’s in the car.29 Months Old, Last Photo I have of Gracie with her Binki 
Then one day, we “lost” them all. We ‘looked and looked’ and couldn’t find them anywhere 🙂
Every time she went to take a nap, she would ask me to look for it… and I said I would. Gracie was satisfied that I was looking for it… and eventually she stopped asking.
It worked out a lot better than I expected.
There are many pro’s and con’s to pacifier use.
In my opinion, pacifiers help babies sleep better and help sooth them when they are fussy.
According to research, pacifiers may help reduce the risk of SIDS. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends offering a pacifier at naptime or bedtime until age 1.
I think another benefit to pacifier use is it may distract them from sucking their thumb. I’ve never had a thumb sucker, but I think they are adorable! I always love seeing ultrasound pictures of babies sucking their thumbs in the womb, it melts my heart.  Unfortunately, I think it would be very hard to break that habit compared to breaking them of the pacifier.
Pacifier use as early as birth may interfere with breast feeding (nipple confusion). I’m so happy that never happened to me, but I’ve always been aware that it was a possibility and I’ve been ready to ditch the binki if that were to happen.
Dependency is another risk of pacifier use. We’ve seen that. But with my 4, it has always been easy to deal with.
Another issue with pacifier use is dental issues. I never noticed an issue with my first three kids’ teeth, but with Gracie I DID notice. Her front, top teeth (the top 4) did look like they were in the wrong spot. I did not notice until one day she was laying on my lap (looking upward) and I could see the deformation. I could not notice it when I was facing her, but in that position it was very noticeable. That evening when Mike got home, I showed him and we decided to ditch the binki.
I have to admit, I do not like seeing older children walking around with binki’s. It’s a pet peeve of mine to try and decipher what they are trying to say when their mouth is plugged up. I can understand that it is a comfort, but anything over 3 or 4 years old just seems to be a bit too much for me.
So, what do you think?
Are you for or against pacifier use?

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  1. I don’t see anything wrong with my oldest and youngest have used them. The only thing is I think they should be taken away around the 2nd birthday otherwise it becomes a problem to take it away.

  2. I have used them with all my kids! I even used one myself till I was seven!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s silly that you blame the daycare kids as to way your 4th still had the paci. Why didn’t you just make a rule that while at your house they could only have them at nap time? When I worked with kids they knew when they walked in hand it over to me and we didn’t even use them at nap time. They just got use to it and knew.

    When my son we ditched it at about 10 months.

    I hate seeing kids take it out to talk!

    • @Anonymous – I am not “blaming” the daycare kids. I am saying that it made it hard on my Gracie to understand. And the daycare parents knew that we were trying to get rid of Gracie’s binki and they still wanted their children to use theirs. I don’t feel right about forcing a 1.5 yr old to quit using a pacifier if they are not ready. That is cruel to a child that is used to that comfort. I am just saying that it made it hard for us to wean her, so we gave in to Gracie’s continued use. Fortunately, we were still able to wean her at 2.5 while the other kids still use their binki’s.

  4. Anonymous says:

    And Skye – 7! That’s just crazy!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sorry Skye, just sounds like your parents were lazy and didn’t want to ween you.

  6. I never used one with my son because I was afraid that using one to pacify his sucking reflex might lower my milk supply. That said, I have no problem seeing them in other kids’ mouths. I just never plan to use one myself. I was really happy that my hospital noted it on my chart and respected our wishes.

  7. All my kids got a paci at the hospital. They all had NUK. None of them kept it very long. Mostly they used it for teething and chewed it more than sucked it. I didn’t have to wean mine, they dropped it before they turned a year old.

  8. I was willing to let my son have a paci, but he refused to take one! Which I am glad = because i didnt have to worry about breaking him from it.

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