I have a 20 month old and she has never taken a pacifier but my daughter who is 6 took one til she was 2 then wore it on a necklace til she was 3 ..So I was just wondering how other moms feel about using one or not using one.
This is another example of how I thought I knew everything (pacifiers are bad, and babies should never, never be given one) until I was forced to change my opinion. My first daughter reinforced me idea that babies did not need pacifiers. She simply wouldn't take one, and never, ever used one. It was great. I got to hold on to my belief that babies will only want one if they are somehow forced on the baby and the baby becomes attached to it. I learned through my second daughter that my notions were wrong. She did need a pacifier. Some babies just need more sensory input, and oral sensory input is a huge one with babies. She loved her paci, and believe it or not, it did not affect her ability to breastfeed. I nursed both of my girls well past their first year. One simply needed a pacifier, the other did not. Weaning my younger daughter was fairly easy, too. One day, the paci just disappeared, and she was fine with it.
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