The World of Binkies

binky1Pacifiers: can’t live with them, can’t live without them. Nowadays, everyone has mixed feelings about giving baby a binky. Several studies have shown that there are many advantages to using a pacifier, while others have shown its negative effects. Read as Carmel Blue breaks down the world of pacifiers, compares the good versus the bad and gives you some tips on how to say bye-bye to the binky.

Introducing Pacifiers and Breastfeedingbinky

Pacifiers should not be introduced for at least the first 4 weeks. If you are a breastfeed baby, it is recommended that you avoid the pacifier until mom’s milk supply is well established, typically 7 weeks. This way, mom has already established a pretty good milk supply and didn’t lose any essential breast stimulation to a pacifier. Studies have shown that babies who take the pacifier tend to detach earlier than those who do not. This is because baby’s innate need to suck is met by something other than a breast.

 

Binky’s Benefits

Binkies are a great strategy for parents who need to soothe a stressed baby, especially when baby has yet to discover his/her fingers. The sucking motion is soothing to newborns and can help them fall asleep. Studies even show that pacifiers might reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Researchers are led to believe that pacifiers may keep babies from rolling onto their faces or that it may keep their tongues away from their airways. Best of all, pacifiers are disposable, while thumb sucking can be much harder to stop.

 

Pacifier Cons

Becoming dependent on the pacifier is easy for a child at any age, whether a newborn or toddler. This can result in less sleep for parent’s who have to wake up to replace the binky that has fallen from their infant’s mouth and for long-term pacifier users, usually age 2 or 3, it can cause dental problems such as an overbite and cross bite. In addition, some experts even think pacifiers interfere with speech development since baby is less likely to babble and practice talking. Recent studies have also linked extended pacifier use  with 3 times higher risk for middle ear infections.

 

Goodbye Binkybinky4

There is no age set in stone that states when baby should quit using the pacifier. Doctors recommend letting it go when baby is 6 to 12 months. By stopping pacifier use at this age, you are reducing baby’s risk of ear infection, according to the  American Academy of Pediatrics. Many children however do continue the pacifier habit well into their toddler and even preschool years. At this point though, it is no longer a soothing tool, but a transitional object to help them adapt to new or stressful experiences, such as taking a long car ride or starting a new daycare. If your child shows no sign of surrendering the binky by age 3 or 4, this is where you, as the parents, step in.

 

Greetings from Israel!
Any mom who has been in our moms group knows that I have a thing for pacifiers. I always mention how Carmel was a tri-paci baby, who needed 3 pacifiers at night: one in his mouth and one on each hand.  He would then twiddle the ones in his hands loud enough for us to hear it on the monitor.
As we approached age two we limited paci use more and more till we prepared him for the big boy’s goodbye to baby Binky.  We gave him the choice between1)throw it over board the Blue Gold ferry, 2) tie it to a his stomp rocket and launch it to outerspace, 3) plant it in the garden.
Hoping to grow a binky tree he chose #3. And he never looked back.
This summer visiting a nice shady park in Tel Aviv we stumbled upon the local’s colorful solution:  the paci tree.
Soon in North Beach?

Lots of love to you all, S & C
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