What are the pros/cons to giving a pacifier? I hadn’t planned on introducing it, but my unknowing sister gave us a pack of them and in a night of desperation during the first month, we let him have it. He is now 16 weeks old and uses it some, but isn’t terribly attached to it. They do give it to him at daycare pretty often (he is there part-time) and DH gives it to him a good bit. But I myself almost never give it to him. (Maybe hat’s cuase I can pop a boob in his mouth if he’s fusy?) It hasn’t caused any issues with breastfeeding and it hasn’t gotten to the point where we NEED it, so I hadn’t really worried about it.
Now that he’s a bit older and more coordinated, he’s been sucking on his hands a lot and occasionally his thumb. So now I’m wondering…do I let the hand/thumb sucking continue and let the paci fall by the wayside? Or do I encourage the paci in an attempt to keep him from being a thumb-sucker? It is even in my hands or is it entirely up to him?
My mom swears that a paci is better cause you can eventually throw it away. My sister had a paci til she was about 3, but the last year she mostly just carried it around. My mom said all she had to do to get rid of it was to stop finding it for my sister when it was lost. Eventually they were all lost ;-) My brother sucked his fingers til he was 7-8 and my mom said nothing she tried to do to get him to give it up had any effect. He was in braces for about 10 years, whereas my sister and I only had them 3-4 years, but I don’t know if the extended finger-sucking had anything to do with it. Anyhow, my mom is very pro-paci because of her experiences.
I’m still kind of leaning towards the thumb. I hate seeing a 3-4 year old (or even a 2 year old) with a paci in their mouth ALL.the.time. I don’t ever want to be in that turn-the-car-around-we-forgot-the-paci situation. I also hate when we are out and DS is fussing and someone says “does he have a paci?” and I say “yes, but he’s not that into it” and then I offer it to DS and he takes it with enthusiasm like he’s one of those can’t-live-without-my-paci kids…which he isn’t.
Any thoughts on paci vs. thumb?
Edited by BarefootGirl - 3/14/11 at 7:37am