Pacifier or Thumb?
You've vowed never to pop a pacifier in your baby's mouth, and you plan to keep his thumb out of there too. But sucking can help your baby feel secure -- and give you some peace. You can't control which self-soother your baby chooses, but it's good to know the pros and cons of each -- especially when you want him to stop.
? You don't have to worry about losing it.
? It's free.
? Keep your baby's hands clean, and you won't have to worry about germ buildup.
? You have no control over when, where, or how often your child sucks it. ? You won't be able to take it away when you're ready for him to stop, and, in some cases, it can become a habit.
? A child who's still sucking his thumb after 24 months may throw off his teeth and jaw alignment -- and need expensive braces down the road.
? It's not all that expensive.
? Using a pacifier frees your baby's hands and fingers, so he can explore his world.
? It's easier to break the habit.
? If your child sleeps with his pacifier and loses it during the night, you'll have to get it for him.
? It gets dirty easily and can harbor bacteria that'll make you want to throw it out.
? A child who uses a pacifier after 24 months may throw off his teeth and jaw alignment and need braces down the road.