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Safe Sleep: Pacifiers

There’s a lot of information on both sides of the pacifier. But, most doctors and nurses agree that babies who comfort themselves by sucking can find a pacifier very soothing at bedtime. Moms who are breastfeeding should wait until their babies are at least a month old and they know that the breastfeeding is taking before introducing a pacifier.

1-SS-Blogs-Sept-9.25.137Of course, a pacifier is not a substitute for your loving arms. Try cuddling, rocking, singing or whatever method is most effective for comforting your baby. Especially during the daylight hours, give nurturing a go before resorting to the pacifier.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the use of a pacifier at nap time and bedtime— Studies have reported a protective effect of pacifiers on the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The protective effect persists throughout the sleep period, even if the pacifier falls out of the infant’s mouth.  If the infant refuses the pacifier, he or she should not be forced to take it. In those cases, parents can try to offer the pacifier again when the infant is a little older. Because of the risk of strangulation, it is not recommended to use pacifiers with a string or anything attached. Pacifiers that attach to infant clothing should not be used with sleeping infants.