He needs a pacifier to fall asleep. What do I do?
Many babies fall asleep using a pacifier, so it can be tough for them to return to sleep during the night after natural night wakings without having a pacifier. Before a baby is about 6-months-old, he is probably not physically able to return a pacifier to his mouth on his own. That said, respond to him during the night and return the pacifier to his mouth. Once he is about 6-months-old, however, consider helping him learn to return the pacifier to his mouth on his own by placing several pacifiers in one corner of the crib and guiding his hand to grab the pacifier and return it to her mouth when he wakes during the night. You can also practice this skill during the day. Eventually, he’ll be able to do it on his own.About Dr. Sonia Rubens