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March 23rd, 2012, 12:49 PM
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I know this is a ways off but i'm stuck at home and bored so that's why i've been posting like crazy.

Do you plan to give your baby a pacifier or skip it altogether? If so at what age will you try to wean them from it?

Of course i've learned from experience that a lot of things i said i'd never do I ended up doing! haha. I never saw a point in a pacifier until i had a baby who was super attached to me all the time. I wished he had something else that he could get comfort from other than my boob 24/7. I desperately tried to get him to take one but he never really took a liking to it. This time around once i know the baby is breastfeeding fine i'll give one to him/her and hopefully i'll have better luck. I don't plan to continue to give it past 12 months or so.
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March 23rd, 2012, 12:52 PM
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My son had NO idea how to suck at birth so we gave him one. He used it til he was about 4 months old and then never used one again. He weaned himself from it so i guess i was lucky. This time around i will purchase one and have it in the hospital bag in case.
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March 23rd, 2012, 12:57 PM
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I thought I was an awesome parent with my first, we didn't offer a paci, and he never wanted one. Never sucked on anything but what he "should" suck on.

then I had my second. When we realized he was a thumbsucker, we tried introducing a paci. That didn't go well.

needless to say, it was not I that was awesome, it was DS #1! LMAO - I have a 3.5 year old thumbsucker... sigh... We have tried a ton of different things to get him to stop sucking and he just won't...

So I have no idea what to do this time!
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March 23rd, 2012, 12:57 PM
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My two used it about the first month or two, but not often. I will have one but I will try to use it sparingly so the baby does not depend on it. My niece is almost 4 and still uses one and not that I see a problem in it, I just personally don't want to be purchasing pacifiers for the next 3-5 years. LOL
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March 23rd, 2012, 01:24 PM
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not until breastfeeding is well established and then I think its okay! We started out with these:
Walmart.com: Philips AVENT - Soothie Pacifier, (4-Pack), 0-6 Months, Pink/Purple SCF190/02: Feeding

and then switched to these:
NUK Gerber Orthodontic Pacifier - Walmart.com

Thankfully, DD never really cared too much for them and usually would just spit them out!
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March 23rd, 2012, 01:54 PM
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Depends on the baby. My first had one for 9 months. 2nd had one for two years, but she had medical issues and there was never a good time to add trauma, 3rd, 4th and 5th hated them. I am in the process of getting my youngest off them now. When they are little sometimes the paci soothes mom as much as baby.
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March 23rd, 2012, 02:15 PM
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We used one with DD because she had severe silent reflux and it helped her calm down. I wasn't planning on using one initially because I was trying to make sure breasfteeding was establised, but she did not know how to suck correctly and was hurting me, so we had to visit a feeding specialist and she said the paci might help her learn how to suck. And it did help.
I would rather not use one since DD had hers till she turned 3, but it just really depends on the baby.
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March 23rd, 2012, 03:22 PM
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It will depend on the baby. My other kids hated them, but this one could be different.
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March 23rd, 2012, 04:26 PM
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my son sucked his thumb and messed up his teeth very badly, so when my dd was born i gave her a paci, planning on taking it away at about a year. i figured i would have more control over that than thumb sucking.well shes now 2 1/2 and still totally attached to it . i haven't been able to wean her off the darn thing. so i probably won't give this baby a paci, unless it looks like he/she may be another thumb sucker i guess.
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March 23rd, 2012, 04:42 PM
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From what I hear, they only need it for a couple months. We'll probably do that for a few months then take it away. I hate the look of a kid walking around with one in his mouth, or asking for it with words!
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March 23rd, 2012, 05:10 PM
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YEP! I FINALLY found some the other day like I have been looking for :



These are the ones that Both my other kids have used. My DS sucked his paci until just after he turned 2...BUT after 18 months they had to stay in bed. He would actually ask to take his afternoon nap so he could have his paci I LOVE that when the kids are going through the put everything in their mouth stage the paci helps deter that. My DD weaned herself around 18 months...she was never as reliant on it as her brother.
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March 23rd, 2012, 05:14 PM
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Yep.

We gave it to DS the day we got home from the hospital. He never had issues breastfeeding and it was great that he had something else to give him comfort. I will probably do the same with this baby.

After a certain age, he was only allowed the paci when he was in the crib for naps or bed.
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March 23rd, 2012, 05:30 PM
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Bella had one from the get go. Sometime after her first birthday we switched her to just having it for naps and bedtime. She still does that but I don't mind b/c she isn't walking around with it in her mouth. I'm not going to go through the trouble of weaning her off it completely and then turn around in a few months with the new baby having one.

It was a great soother for her.
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March 23rd, 2012, 05:44 PM
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Yes we will use one. My oldest DS did have a lot of nursing problems but not because of the paci. He didn't have the natural "rooting" reflex. After about 3-4 weeks of struggles he finally figured out how to suck well and bf'ing was a breeze but those first few weeks were awful and he couldn't even really use a paci very well. Once he got the hang of it he used the paci until 18 months.

My other two used them until about 6 months then quit on their own. I used Nuk with my first two and soothies with my last. I plan to use the soothies again. I really liked them a lot better than the nuk for several reasons.
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March 23rd, 2012, 09:44 PM
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No pacifiers here. Kelly never had one... I never even offered it to her and I informed the hospital staff I didn't want her to have one.

I don't plan on giving this baby one either. I just don't see a point to them honestly. If a baby never has one, he or she doesn't know what it's like to be soothed with one.. therefore not missing anything. Also, it's not very good for growing teeth and it's one more thing to wean them off of.
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March 23rd, 2012, 11:17 PM
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Because Kenny was so early he had almost zero sucking reflex and the pediatrician insisted on a paci to help kick start things. I didn't produce enough to breastfeed anyway so I wasn't concerned. He gave it up at 9 months by himself.

We used the NUK orthodontic with him and will with this wee one.
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March 24th, 2012, 06:31 AM
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My girls were reflux babies and the pacifiers were a miracle tool! DD1 took one right at around 8 weeks and she loved it. DD2 preferred to use me as her binki and it wasn't until she was admitted to childrens for the GERD that we finally got her to take one by dipping it in a bit of sugar water during one of her exams. She took to it fine after that. We had them both weaned off of them around 9 months. I plan to start this baby as soon as he has BFing well established. Tho I have to say DD1 used a "breast shield" because she had issues latching for the first 8 weeks and she had no issues switching to breast. so I don't see a huge difference personally in a plastic nipple piece and a plastic pacifier piece
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March 24th, 2012, 06:48 AM
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My oldest never would take one and he was not a thumb sucker either..My middle son used one for about 6 months than weaned himself..My daughter is currently taking one(6 months old) but when the bottles go bye bye so does the bink..I nephew was a bit harder to get to let go of his..We did finally figure out though that if we altered the shape of it he no longer wanted it..so we cut the very end of it off with a pair of scissors and he never looked for one again..LOL..My other nephew never took one but he's a thumbsucker and he's almost 5..They make this nail polish stuff thats clear called "bite it" for kids who suck and bite their fingers..its non toxic but tastes awful..it works for him..LOL
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March 24th, 2012, 08:01 AM
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I was just thinking about this this morning because I was looking through an album of a friend's niece - she's 2, went to DisneyLand, and had a bink in EVERY PHOTO. With the characters, in the stroller, while at dinner, etc. and the pacis would match her outfits. I just honestly can't help but judge when I see that. There has to be something you can do to AT LEAST keep it tucked away when you are in public. To be completely fair I had a pacifier until I was 5 but when I started talking my mom quickly made it a "sleep time only" kind of thing. My baby will get a paci too but in moderation.
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March 24th, 2012, 08:55 AM
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I didn't want to do a paci with my first. He refused one anyway. This time around I'll try to offer after nursing is established. My first is definitely a comfort nurser and wanted to be on the boob 24/7.
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