Can using a pacifier prevent children from talking early?


Asked by OctoberOrganics at 12:46 PM on Nov. 27, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Not at all. My son had a pacifier, he will be two tomorrow. We got rid of the pacifier last week. He started talking at a year. Now at two you can have full coversations with him. He speaks in complete sentences and his grammer skills are increasing everyday. My niece also had a pacifier and she started talking at 9 months. She had an amazing vocabulary at a year.
    I think if you aren't careful your child will start talking with the pacifier in their mouth and that can cause a speach impediment. We started telling our son that we couldn't understand him when he spoke with his pacifier in his mouth so he would take it out and say it again.
    Every child is different and is going to talk when they are ready, pacifier or not.

    Answer by JamieLK at 12:52 PM on Nov. 27, 2008

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  • A pacifier will not affect a child's ability to begin developing speech skills at any age, but using one for too long (eg..4 y/o) can affect the shape of the mouth & tooth placement, which in turn can affect how a child pronounces words.

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 3:10 PM on Nov. 27, 2008

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  • YES, How is the child suppose to learn how to talk if he or she has a pacifier in it 's mouth ALL the time


    Answer by louise2 at 5:22 PM on Nov. 27, 2008

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  • No, my DD has a pacifier and is almost 2. I have decided it's time to ween her off ... but she is a chatter box... she sings songs from start to finish, she speaks in full sentences, she shocks most people, she never stops talking LOL.

    Answer by DzineMama at 9:02 PM on Nov. 27, 2008

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  • Nope. I don't see a problem with them. My oldest took one for 19 months and I made him give it up. My youngest took one for 2 weeks, and my last baby took one for 4 months. They all started talking the same time.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 9:24 PM on Nov. 27, 2008

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  • Lol I wish! My daughter has been a little jabber jaw since she was tiny and I know I let her have her paci too long (she was 2 1/2 when I took it away). A friend of mine is a proven genius and was a published composer by 14 and his parents thought he was going to school with the darn thing...he was such an articulate child though.

    Answer by kabbot01 at 9:42 PM on Nov. 27, 2008

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