(Disclosure: I received a pack of pacifiers in exchange for coverage in our #AutumnShowers event.)
Why Use a Pacifier?
If you are going to choose to give your child a pacifier, you should know the facts. Many parents insist on using a pacifier because it could protect against SIDS. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents consider letting their child fall asleep or nap with a pacifier for their first year. Doing so has a protective effect against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Use the pacifier when putting baby down to sleep, but don’t put it back in baby’s mouth once he’s already asleep. (source – WebMd)
Another reason parents decide to use a pacifier is so that their baby can pacify themselves. Infants need ways to soothe themselves, says pediatrician Jennifer Shu, co-author of Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality. A pacifier can be a source of comfort for a crying or colicky baby. (source – WebMd)
Satisfying the “suck” reflex — Some babies have a need to suck that exceeds the time they got on the bottle or breast. For these infants, a pacifier might do the trick.
Pacifier vs Thumb: Weaning a child from a pacifier is much easier than weaning him from their own thumb.
One Reason to Avoid a Pacifier
Babies who are overzealous suckers may change their tooth alignment or delay speech. This especially becomes important when the child becomes a toddler and does not give up the pacifier. Sucking a pacifier at this stage can lock the mouth into an unnatural position and cause dental problems later on. Additionally, talking around a pacifier may decrease talking. (Source — WebMD)
The Solution: Difrax 3-Stage Orthodontic Pacifiers
The Difrax Orthodontic pacifiers stimulate the development of the palate and the muscles of the jaw and mouth. The round part of the nipple rests against the palate and the tongue presses against the flat side. The butterfly design and the holes allow extra air circulation to reduce the risk of skin irritation and keep the nose unobstructed. The unique butterfly shape is the result of years of research and development in collaboration with a medical panel. With sizes for preemies and newborns, all the way to 18+ months, each stage has different features and benefits unique to the needs of that age of baby or child.
The Difrax 3-stage pacifier system, which accommodates baby’s growth and development, is truly unique in the US marketplace. The last-stage pacifier is designed to help break the habit when baby no longer needs it. All of Difrax’s 3-Stage pacifiers also feature colorful and cheerful patterned designs that are sure to evoke happiness in little tots!
Visit DifraxUsa.com to view the entire collection of orthodontic pacifiers. You can find Difrax pacifiers at your local Toys R Us or Babies R Us stores for around $5.99.
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