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Is it okay to use a pacifier?

By BabySleepAdmin 5 years ago

Dr. Jodi Mindell

Is it okay to use a pacifier?

Absolutely feel free to give your baby a pacifier. Some babies especially have a strong need to suck and there are some studies showing that pacifier use is associated with a decreased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In the first few months you will likely need to keep giving your baby his pacifier when he loses it. However, starting around 6 to 7 months, most babies have the ability to reach for the pacifier and get it to their mouth. You can encourage him to do so by putting several pacifiers in one corner of his crib and helping him reach for it at bedtime and during the night. He’ll get the hang of it quickly and won’t need you any longer to get it for him during the night.

About Dr. Jodi Mindell

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