Baby pacifiers are a convenient and commonly available baby care product in the market that has entered into debates of whether or not they are good for your child. They are small, nipple-shaped objects made safe to be kept in the child’s mouth for long and also goes by the names of soother or teether, While there is a possible negative side to the use of them, here are a few reasons why you should rely on a baby pacifier for your child.
#1 It Soothes the Child
Sucking seems to have a calming effect on babies. When you let a baby suck onto a pacifier when she or he is not in the best mood, it helps relax them and they settle down. The child is pacified about whatever it is that is troubling them and rests down calmly giving relief to parents as well. The child gains pleasure from the sucking activity due to their natural instinct to do this, thus diverting them from whatever it is that was causing the earlier irritation. Everything said, it is not without reasons that the product is called a baby pacifier. However, make sure that you do not pop a pacifier into the child’s mouth whenever they show the slightest discomfort. There may be a valid reason that is bothering them as well.
#2 Help Babies Understand the Need to Self-Soothe
With its calming effects on the baby, it encourages the child to learn how to relax oneself. This is especially useful for families where both the parents are working and you tend to ask someone else to babysit your child. This can also be useful in the long run where the baby grows up into a person who understands how to calm oneself when there is an unpleasant situation and is not dependent upon someone else to do so. A self-soothing baby also means a calmer set of parents and less stress for them.
#3 It Lowers the Possibility of SIDS
SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is a syndrome where babies who are lesser than a year are suddenly found dead in the crib, usually during their sleep. Why such a phenomenon occurs has not been explained until now. If a child uses a baby pacifier during sleep, it is seen that there are lesser chances of this syndrome happening. Though unclear as to how exactly this works, it can be said without doubt that the risks reduces by about fifty percentage.
#4 It Satisfies the Baby’s Suck Reflex
Babies are born with a tendency to suckle on objects. This is mostly satisfied by the mother’s nipple during breastfeeding but there are chances that it may not be so. In such a situation, a baby pacifier can be used to help the child relieve this tendency and thus, relax him or her. However, it should be kept in mind that this does not become a replacement for the child’s feeding and that every time the baby shows the suckle tendency, you place a pacifier in his or her mouth without considering the possibility of him or her being hungry. However, if such a tendency is shown soon after a meal, pacifier can come to the rescue. This is also extremely helpful for babies who cannot be breastfed due to different reasons.
#5 Gives Security to the Child
Being shaped like a woman’s nipple, the baby pacifier also gives the child a sense of security. This is especially true in the case where the mother may not always be present at home because she is working or any other reason. It keeps the baby feeling that she or he is safe and hence comforts him or her.
#6 It Offers a Distraction
If your baby has just had an injection or been woken up from sleep uncomfortably, a baby pacifier can come to help. It will act as a temporary distraction to your child and divert their attention to an activity that is soothing and relaxing to him or her. This is extremely useful when the child seems to be fussy for no absolute reason and nothing seems to comfort them, especially in public places or where there is a social gathering.
#7 It Relieves Pain
If your child has been prescribed for medical procedures like lumbar puncture or even a small routine immunisation, a baby pacifier can be used to help reduce the pain inflicted upon the child. Though the doctors are not yet sure how exactly this works, it is a fact that this sucking activity puts the baby to ease and helps the medical activity be carried out with minimised disruptions. This is especially the case with invasive medical technologies on your child.
#8 Suitable for Aeroplane Journeys
The change in air pressure during a flight journey can have effects on the human body and your baby is no exception. Sometimes, the child’s ears can ‘pop’ because of this variation which causes pain and to a crying session. In such situations, a baby pacifier can be placed in the child’s mouth. This will help in evening out the pressure difference and reduce the chances of such a ‘pop’. It can also be used as a comforting distraction when the child starts to get fussy and uncomfortable during the journey and there isn’t much you can do to help the situation seated in an aeroplane with other people getting disturbed because of this.
#9 It Helps Premature Babies Develop Sucking
If you have just given birth to a premature baby who has not finished the pregnancy term, there are chances that the child does not have all of his or her physical responses developed. Sucking reflex is one such tendency that needs to get developed for breastfeeding but may not in a premature child. In such a case, using a baby pacifier can help the child develop this reflex and thus help in breastfeeding. However, remember that this does not mean that the actual act of breastfeeding gets replaced. This activity has also been shown to have a positive effect on the premature baby’s digestive process.
#10 Helps You Have More Control on Baby’s Habits
A pacifier is a disposable accessory and this makes it better to give you a control over your child’s habits. Sucking is a common activity and children often indulge in this naturally. If you give the child a pacifier in such an instance, it is easier to break the habit once the child has grown up because of the fact that the accessory can simply be thrown away. However, in the absence of a pacifier, there are chances that the child may take to sucking their thumbs or other fingers which can be a more difficult habit to be made to stop.