Do you use a pacifier?

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Do you use/have you used a pacifier?

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Postby january » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:14 am

Lindsey wrote:Olive James was a very unhappy baby the first 4-4.5 months of her life. Pacifiers were one of the only things that soothed her. I never, ever put her down to CIO. I held her all the time and she still was upset almost all the time and screamed/cried for several hours every day. She also had reflux. We took her to the pedi a couple times about it and she checked out fine besides the colic/reflux. They said she would grow out of it. She is still very temperamental (if something doesn't go her way she immediately has a meltdown) now at 7.5 months but is much, much happier.

I think we have the same baby, Lindsey!! Violet was the exact same way her first 4-5 months. And is a little wild child now.

Though the pacifier didn't work on her. The only thing that stopped the screaming occasionally (besides nursing) was bouncing on an exercise ball.
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Postby jmlgirl » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:31 am

We use them too. Sucking in infants is a reflex and some get the urge to do it more than others. Our older DD was born 5 weeks early and the NICU staff seem to encourage using a pacifier. I have also read that it may help reduce SIDS. Of course if my baby was crying or fussing I would ensure all her needs were met and would not just stick a plug in her mouth so I didn't have to listen to it...
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Postby ashleyp » Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:42 pm

we never used them because she refused to. although i would have loved for her to take one during car rides (she hated her car seat back in the day and it was heart breaking for me).

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Postby brenjay » Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:52 pm

I answered NO - but my real answer is I wish! DS will not take one, we have tried over 10 different kinds. He will only suck a finger.

It would be really convenient if he would take one. He still has a high suck need, and sitting there with my finger in his mouth is not always my idea of a great time!!!
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Postby blessed03 » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:03 pm

ditto what brenjay said! i wish Noah would take one, it think we bothwould be happier!
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Postby Ewa » Thu Nov 26, 2009 1:35 am

Thanks for all your great replies. I have found them all very ineresting.
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Postby Stars0245 » Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:28 am

No paci's here. DD1 took one very very seldom when she was a newborn and DD2 never took one. Both girls are thumb suckers. I like that they can soothe themselves and I never have to remember a paci to take a long. BUT I really don't like the thought of them thumbsucking as they get would be much easier to take away a paci than it will be to stop the thumb sucking. :roll:
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Postby Eren » Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:28 pm

When she was younger we used to use one in the car as it was the only thing that would (sometimes) settle her when obviously I couldn`t breastfeed.
Now I only ever use it to rock her to sleep. When she`s emptied my boobs and spits my nipple out or starts yanking on it (ouch) but still isn`t asleep, I hold her in the cradle hold and use the paci to mimic bf. Then I walk up and down holding her arms in a human swaddle so that she doesn`t flap them about and this almost always works to get her to sleep. If I can then get her down in her cot she usually spits the paci out quite early on so she doesn`t sleep long with it in. For her it`s purely a get to sleep prop. But I don`t take it with us when we go out of the house and she often falls asleep (especially while babywearing) without it. The minute I see it becoming a habit, I`d probably try to break it.
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Postby nessifly » Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:35 pm

My 11.5 month old STILL loves his paci when napping or just relaxing :) I was hellbent on not using pacis, but like everything else that I felt so strongly about before becoming a mother, my son taught me to remain flexible.
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Postby 1st_timemom » Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:31 pm

mspretty wrote:
kali74b wrote:I give it to him because he has a need to suck, but he only needs it for a few minutes and then he spits it out. He uses it for soothing right before he sleeps and then when he is groggy he spits it out and lets himself fall asleep on his's so cute when he spits it out, he always thanks I needed goodnight.

My lil girl does the same thing :) Seems to be the only time she needs it!

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Postby Kimber » Sun Nov 29, 2009 8:12 pm

1st ds did not take one because nothing came out of it.
dd took one but didn't care if it wasn't around and gave it up at a year old
2nd ds is an addict :lol: he is almost 2 and it has been so hard for him to give it up.
3rd ds takes one but doesn't need it. Hopefully, he won't be like his older brother.
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