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Thread: Has anyone gone pacifer free?
August 17th, 2013 07:16 AM #11Member
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None of mine ever really liked them. Juliana never used one at all. She didn't like them in her mouth (she didn't like anything in her mouth, including her bottle though). She was very fussy, but not because of that. Zane used one when he slept at night but never any other time. Aisling took one a few times when she was upset but then stopped wanting it and Lysander has never used one. The only time I ever gave him one he chewed on it then spit it out.
All of mine have generally preferred to suck on their own fingers or with Aisling, she sucked on her blanket. Don't force it, but don't force not giving it to her either if it's an emergency or and naptime.Da to Julianna Piper, Zane Ronan, Aisling Evania, Lysander Tristan and a little surprise sometimes in April
August 17th, 2013 08:05 AM #13Senior Member
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Neither of my girls had them - why complicate your life with something to remember/clean/replace? Agnes happily sucked her fingers, Felicity never did - felicity self settled at 10 weeks, Agnes at two years! I don't think a pacifier would have made any difference, they're just different personalities. Good luck!Thrilled to be mother to @gnes Ei1ish Madeline and Fe1icity Bridget Be@trice
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August 17th, 2013 08:16 AM #15
I don't like them, so we never used one. They *can* (someone is about to jump in and say "not my baby", but I'm saying SOMETIMES) they can affect breastfeeding, because baby sucks on the dummy instead of the breast. I didn't want to take that risk and I also think they look awful. None of my friends used them though - wonder if it's more of a US thing.Mother to miss Mila Arden. Expecting her brother Cato Bennett in March 2014
August 17th, 2013 08:59 AM #17
Pacis really come down to the preference of the parents and child.
Personally, I've had four children, all breast-fed, and I've come to the conclusion that no child will truly be warped one way or another based on pacifier use. I've had kids who couldn't care less about a paci -- and I've had others who nursed for comfort to the point that I ran out of milk (or they nursed for comfort until they puked everywhere) so I offered a paci. Then I've also encouraged pacis on purpose to avoid sucking on the fingers (I figure it's easier to take a paci away later than it is to try to take fingers away!). On the other hand, if the kid doesn't seem to care, then I don't bother because why fuss with keeping track of yet another baby accessory?
Of course, everyone has heard that pacis can confuse the baby's nursing habits. I think probably a paci isn't going to hurt if Baby is doing a fine job of nursing already, but if you think it's too big a risk to take then don't do it. You know your child best so you're best equipped to make that decision. I was really worried about the "nipple confusion" thing at first, but then I got a kid who nursed until he threw up, so I had to come up with a different solution pretty quickly. The right choice for one parent and child won't necessarily be the best thing for another family -- or even another child within the same family! Just be assured though that no kid enters the workforce with "pacifier use" on his resume. It's a really big deal right now, but in the big picture, it won't be! Good luck!
August 17th, 2013 01:10 PM #19
Persephone barely uses hers. She sucks her fingers most of the time. She takes it right when she lays down for a nap or to sleep nights, then she spits it out as she's drifting off and sucks her fingers instead. When she's not upset, she doesn't want it and will push it out of her mouth.
It never bothered her nursing abilities. It was on my end that my nursing problems were coming from. I don't like them because I just don't want her to grow up thinking she has to have one to soothe herself and me end up not able to get it from her when she's older and it ruin her teeth.
My sister used her paci all the time when she was under one but when she was about one and a half she tossed it out the window of the car while we were on the highway and never wanted one again.
So it's really in individual thing and when Daphne doesn't want it she'll let you know.Mother, Hellenic Pagan Priestess, and Resident Greek name expert ^_^
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