Pacifier is considered as one of the must-have baby gears by most parents. It is very helpful in comforting a baby. Some think that it is a bad habit and will affect dental development.
Frankly speaking, I tried to resist introducing a pacifier to little Edison when he was a baby. I’m concerned that it will be difficult to wean off when he grows older. But at the end, I failed.
During the early weeks, Edison’s sleep pattern was so random. Getting him to snooze from dusk to dawn was so tedious. Back then, I didn’t have a helper. Being a first-time mother, I was totally clueless on how to comfort a crying baby.
I still remember the first time I gave little Edison a pacifier. He looked so peaceful and contented. It was a godsend! He was so much happier with something to suck on. It’s really amazing how much emotion a piece of latex can stir up.
Most parents are concerned about the effect on their children’s dental development. From what I understand from my dentist, during the years when our child is using a pacifier, he has only his baby teeth. Permanent teeth generally start appearing at the age of 4 to 6. It is unlikely that he will be at it for that long.
Now, we have orthodontic pacifiers that are scientifically designed to support the shape of babies’ developing palates and jaws. The flattened shape simulates the shape of a mother’s nipple when flattened in the mouth and encourages the most natural sucking action to help proper oral development.
This is our favorite orthodontic BPA-free pacifier from Avent. Bright and colorful animal designs, they are super cute!
I took some pictures of Edison with his pacifier. See how happy he is! He can still enjoy the companion of his “best friend” for a little longer before I start to wean him off.