TAKING CARA BABIES

Introducing a Pacifier

Cara Dumaplin, Founder

So many parents ask: “Should my baby use a pacifier??”

My answer will always be “It’s up to you and your little one!”

There truly is no “right or wrong” approach when it comes to pacifiers. Some babies never take a pacifier, and that’s okay! However, for many babies, pacifiers are helpful tools for comfort and relaxation.

Why might you consider using a pacifier? Science shows us that pacifiers:

  • Release endorphins
  • Promote relaxation
  • Decrease the risk of SIDS
  • Help keep baby calm

If you hope to use a pacifier, for best results, offer in the first few weeks of life.

“But Cara, I’m a nursing mom…can my baby still have a pacifier?”

YES! It’s a common misconception that pacifiers cause nipple confusion for breastfed babies. However, research shows us that nursing moms who introduce a pacifier are JUST as successful with nursing as those who don’t.

Tips For Introducing A Pacifier:

  • Offer when baby is calm, not hungry or tired, and swaddled.
  • Apply pressure in the middle of baby’s tongue and move the pacifier in circles around his mouth.
  • If your baby becomes frustrated, stop and try again later.
  • Do not offer in lieu of a feeding…if your little one is hungry, a pacifier won’t satisfy.
  • Try different shapes and brands until you find one she likes.
  • Keep trying each day for a week…if your baby won’t take it, that’s FINE! It’s okay to move on.

Want to see this in action?

The pacifiers shown here are by Ryan & Rose. (Not an ad. Not a partnership. Just a great company.)

Although pacifiers are a helpful tool, they are NOT a requirement for any of my classes. You can have a great little sleeper and a happy baby with, or without, a pacifier. If you want to learn more tips to calm a fussy baby or need help with baby sleep, I have classes for you!

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I'm Cara.

I’m a mom of four, neonatal nurse, and wife of a pediatrician. My passion is teaching parents how to help their babies sleep with the science of a nurse and the heart of a mama so they can reclaim the joy of parenthood.

I'm Cara.

I’m a mom of four, neonatal nurse, and wife of a pediatrician. My passion is teaching parents how to help their babies sleep with the science of a nurse and the heart of a mama so they can reclaim the joy of parenthood.