5 Reasons Not to Use a Pacifier


The word pacifier comes from the word pacify and to pacify means to appease or to soothe something. So it’s no wonder that babies crave and hang on to their pacifiers for relief. But before you pop your baby’s pacifier in, here are a few things to consider before doing so:

Dental Problems:

Long term use of a pacifier can have an effect on your baby’s dental growth and progression. The way your baby sucks on a pacifier could affect their bite and the shape of their mouth causing crooked or protruding teeth. Some parents put sweet and sugary things on the pacifier for their baby; doing so could cause bad gums and tooth decay.


Starting your baby on a pacifier to soothe their crying is a huge mistake in the long run. It will be very, very hard for you to wean your baby of their pacifier. If you stick a pacifier in your baby’s mouth every time they cry, they will associate feeling better with sucking on a pacifier, thus leading to a hard time getting them to break that habit. If you choose to use a pacifier, be prepared for lots of tears and screams.

Interfere Breast Feeding:

Babies naturally find that sucking is soothing and comfortable for them, it’s a natural reflux. Sucking on a pacifier versus sucking on nipple is completely different. Your baby is comfortable sucking on a pacifier and when making the switch to a breast nipple can really upset your child. Your baby’s sensitivity to change will make it hard for them to breast feed because of the pacifier.

Ear Infections:

Because of the way your child is sucking and the frequency could increase your baby’s odds of getting a middle ear infection. With all the pressure that is used when your baby sucks, that pressure could affect the ear canal. A very painful and expensive sickness for baby and parent.

Delay Speaking:

Babies learn to speak within the first two years of their lives. The first several months are spent using their tongue and moving their lips to make noises. Then as they get older, noises start forming and eventually babbling. This is the process of talking and if your baby has a pacifier in his or her mouth constantly, they are unable to start using their tongue and mouth for babbles, your baby could possibly start speaking later.

Allowing your baby to have a pacifier is up to you. There are some benefits as well, but long term consequences are possible if used. Do your homework and speak with your doctor.


Author Bio

Nancy Parker was a professional nanny and she loves to write about wide range of subjects like health, Parenting, Child Care, Babysitting, nanny background check tips etc. You can reach her @ nancy.parker015 @ gmail.com

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  1. When I was a teenager I was horrified at the fact that a lady I knew didn’t give her baby a pacifier. I thought it was cruel and unusual. But the funny thing is, none of my kids have ever sucked on a pacifier. My kids are 7, 2, and 11 months. But I’m also wondering whether the reason for them not ever having sucked a pacifier has to do with them all exclusively breastfeeding. Either way, the information here is great! -shun