Archive for the ‘pacifiers’ Category

Pacifiers: Pros and Cons

December 20, 2010

For some babies, pacifiers may be the key to contentment between feedings. Here are the the advantages:

  • A pacifier can soothe a fussy baby. Some babies are most happy when they’re sucking on something.
  • A pacifier provides a temporary distraction. This is especially true when your baby’s hungry. A pacifier can buy you a few minutes to find a comfortable spot to nurse or to prepare a bottle. Pacifiers can also come in handy during shots, blood tests or other procedures.
  • A pacifier may assist your baby to fall asleep. If your baby has trouble sleeping, a pacifier might do the trick.

Pacifiers have pitfalls as well. Here are the drawbacks:

  • Early pacifier use can interfere with breast-feeding. Since sucking on a breast is different from sucking on a pacifier or bottle, some babies have trouble learning how to nurse properly if they’re given a pacifier too soon.
  • Your baby may become too dependent on the pacifier. If you have been giving your baby a pacifier to help them sleep, you may face frequent middle-of-the-night crying spells when the pacifier falls out of your baby’s mouth.
  • Prolonged pacifier can cause dental problems. Normal pacifier use during the first few years of life will not cause long-term dental problems. Prolonged pacifier use may cause a child’s top front teeth to slant outward or not come in properly.

Pacifiers – It’s a Debate – Funny Pacifiers???

December 5, 2010

The Bottom Line – Funny Pacifiers?????  What do you think?

Ok… Your baby uses a pacifier and that’s okay for now until it is time for pacifier weaning.  So why not have some fun with it.  You gotta check out this funny pacifier video.  Would you let your child use one of these?  What would others think as you are strolling through the mall with your baby in his/her stroller with vampire teeth, or buck teeth, or even BIG lips?  You might make your baby famous with “photo ops” at the park….  Sometimes we need to not take things soooo seriously and just have a little fun.  Enjoy the video.  

Bio –
This blog was written by Michelle Spitzer.  Michelle created Pacifier B Gone™ – The Nurturing Answer to Pacifier Weaning as a result of weaning her two children from their pacifier.  She knew from personal experience that parents face a real problem.  Their problem is determining the best way to remove the pacifier from their child without the trauma that can be associated with the process.  Through consulting with pediatriations, child psychiatrist’ and good old fashion trial and error Pacifier B Gone™ was created.  Pacifier B Gone™ is award winning, parent approved, and doctor approved system that is EASY, FUN, and a MAGICAL experience for both the parent and child.  www.pacifierbgone.com

Pacifiers – It’s a Debate – When To Wean From Pacifier

December 1, 2010

The Bottom Line – Does my child need a pacifier and when should I wean him/her?

Every baby and child is unique. Only you the parent knows best when this decision is made. My oldest daughter only used her pacifier from birth to the age of 4 months. She then spit her pacifier out and never used it again. However, she found another coping mechanism being her thumb and her underwear. I know the underwear thing sounds kind of funny but she used to suck her thumb and rub her underwear just like a blankie. She is my independent child and as a 4 month old baby she learned how to self pacify herself. My other two children used their pacifier’s from birth until I weaned them at ages 2 and 3 years of age. They were addicted to their pacifier and I had no idea how I was going to make this transition until I created the Pacifier B Gone™ – The Nurturing Solution to pacifier weaning. Pacifier B Gone™ is a fun, loving and magical way that reduced and even eliminated PPT – Post Paci Trauma in most situations. Unless your child weans themselves from the pacifier like my oldest daughter (now 11) I recommend beginning the weaning process between the ages 2 to 3 years of age. This is as they are beginning to really embrace speech development, motor skills, teeth development, and learn life long skills.

Bio –
This blog was written by Michelle Spitzer. Michelle created Pacifier B Gone™ – The Nurturing Answer to Pacifier Weaning as a result of weaning her two children from their pacifier. She knew from personal experience that parents face a real problem. Their problem is determining the best way to remove the pacifier from their child without the trauma that can be associated with the process. Through consulting with pediatriations, child psychiatrist’ and good old fashion trial and error Pacifier B Gone™ was created. Pacifier B Gone™ is award winning, parent approved, and doctor approved system that is EASY, FUN, and a MAGICAL experience for both the parent and child. http://www.pacifierbgone.com

Pacifiers – It’s a Debate – What kind is best?

November 11, 2010

The Bottom Line – What kind of pacifier should I give my baby?

There are a lot of different brands of pacifiers available on the market such as Avent, Gerber, and Nuk to name a few.  The best thing to do is try different ones until you find one that your baby loves best.  There are basically two types of pacifiers.  You’re “Basic Pacifier” which closely resembles “mom” and the “Orthodontic Pacifier”.  The Orthodontic Pacifiers are angled pacifiers with a wide tip. “Orthodontic means that your baby’s top and bottom jaw are in a correct position when he’s sucking on it,” said Julie Barna, a doctor of dental medicine and spokeswoman for the Academy of General Dentistry.

Pacifiers are made with either silicone or latex and come in a large variety of colors and styles.  The Consumer Reports recommend silicone over latex pacifiers because some babies can develop an allergy or sensitivity to latex.  They also claim that silicone eliminates that potential problem and tends to hold up longer.

Make sure the pacifier you choose is age appropriate.  They come in three sizes – infant to six months, six to 18 months, and babies 18 months and older.  Choose a pacifier made in one piece.  These are the best because the nipple and base are firmly attached to avoid a choking hazard.  Most importantly choose a pacifier with a soft and pliable nipple.  Despite the “orthodontically-shaped” pacifiers being available, what really matters is that the nipple feels right to your baby.

Bio –
This blog was written by Michelle Spitzer.  Michelle created Pacifier B Gone™ – The Nurturing Answer to Pacifier Weaning as a result of weaning her two children from their pacifier.  She knew from personal experience that parents face a real problem.  Their problem is determining the best way to remove the pacifier from their child without the trauma that can be associated with the process.  Through consulting with pediatritions, child psychiatrist’ and good old fashion trial and error Pacifier B Gone™ was created.  Pacifier B Gone™ is award winning, parent approved, and doctor approved system that is EASY, FUN, and a MAGICAL experience for both the parent and child.  http://www.pacifierbgone.com

Pacifiers – It’s a Debate – Should My Child Use A Pacifier?

October 27, 2010

The Bottom Line – Should my child use a pacifier?

The pacifier serves its purpose.  Although this is a personal choice and debatable… here are a few reasons why you may choose to have your child use a pacifier.

The use of a pacifier usually begins at birth and helps soothe your infant when they are tired, hungry, and/or stressed.  Plus, many babies enjoy suckling after feedings (on either breast or bottle), when this is the case the choice for your baby to use a pacifier may be for you.  The sucking/suckling babies do when they feed consoles them.  Therefore, pacifiers give almost the same kind of comfort without food.  I found that all of my babies wanted to use me as a pacifier after their feedings, and I didn’t want to let them do that.  Therefore, I personally decided to let my children, when they were babies, use a pacifier.

Pacifier use also helps reduce the stress of the parent as an example; if they need to buy some time to get out of a store or help get their baby to sleep.  As a parent, anything can help so you can get some sleep yourself, right?  A less stressed parent makes a better parent too.

The American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-139036756.html actually encourages parents to offer their child a pacifier as a newborn because their use has been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS.  This may be a huge reason alone to decide to let your newborn use a pacifier.

Also, your neo-natal care units caring for premature babies purposely give their infant patients a pacifier to teach them the basic survival skills such as breathing, sucking, and swallowing.  Without these skills there are NO chances of survival.  This alone is another significant purpose the pacifier serves.

Now, with all of this said, we all know that there comes a day when it is time to be “BIG NOW” and give up the pacifier.  The questions are when and how?  There are further studies that show pacifier weaning can be one of the first traumatic events that occur in a young child’s life.  Sudden removal of the pacifier without the proper transition in preparing your child can result in PPT- Post Pacifier Trauma.  Knowing this, weaning your child from their pacifier should be done with care and done right the first time.

Watch for my future postings featuring: Selecting the right pacifier for an Infant and Toddler.  How much is too much, is it an addiction, what about other people’s criticism?  How do I know it’s time to stop using the pacifier?  How do I avoid causing PPT – Post Paci Trauma? and much more to come…

Michelle Spitzer, Creator and Mommy of 3 AMAZING children

Bio –

This blog was written by Michelle Spitzer.  Michelle created Pacifier B Gone™ – The Nurturing Answer to Pacifier Weaning as a result of weaning her two children from their pacifier.  She knew from personal experience that parents face a real problem.  Their problem is determining the best way to remove the pacifier from their child without the trauma that can be associated with the process.  Through consulting with pediatricians, child psychiatrist’, pre-school teachers and good old fashion trial and error Pacifier B Gone™ was created.  Pacifier B Gone™ is an award-winning, parent approved and doctor approved system that is EASY, FUN and a MAGICAL experience for both the parent and child.  www.pacifierbgone.com