The Best And Worst Of A Pacifier (Dummy)

It's a small plastic or latex nipple like device given to an infant or young child to suck upon. Other countries will know it by ’binky, or ‘soother’ Yes, you guessed it, it's the dummy! So, do you use it or not?

We have read countless blogs, reviews and forums on whether you should give your newborn a dummy or not.
With so much information on the internet and so many opinions on what you should and should not be doing, how on earth do you know what to believe?!

Some mums will put their head on a chopping block and will swear by a dummy while others will be completely opposite.

We’ve taken the best information that’s out there and condensed it into a simple format for you to make up your mind!

The Simple Advantages:

  • a dummy can help soothe a baby to sleep. Babies have a natural urge to suck which instigates hormones and chemicals in the brain that reduces stress, aiding in sleep and interrupted sleep after feeding or nappy change in the middle of the night.
  • sucking on a dummy produces saliva when in turn helps to reduce battery and plaque build up when your baby starts to grow teeth. A dummy can help when your toddler is teething.
  • some researchers have found the premature babies, that suck on dummies may feed better as a dummy can help their sucking reflex.
  • a dummy can also discourage your baby or toddler from sucking their thumbs and fingers. The habit of fist or thumb sucking is can often start as early as in the womb.

The Not So Good Parts:

  • some say that if a dummy is introduced too early it can prevent your baby from sucking well during breastfeeding. The amount sucking pressure needed to extract milk from a breast is far less than what a baby uses on a dummy. Experts say babies can get used to using weaker pressure that in turn can create extorting milk issues. Some experts suggest new mothers to wait at least 6 to 8 weeks before offering your baby a dummy. 
  • many mums and esteemed experts have said that using a dummy past the age of 12months can lead to speaking impediments in some children. A dummy can discourage a child and develop speech in early years.
  • probably to oldest downside associated with dummies would be dental issues such as overbites and cross bites. Dummies have said to be a non-stable rubbery object that can easily move around a toddler’s ‘milk-teeth.’
  • using a dummy for an extended period without breaks can cause ear infections. A dummy enables saliva and to move from the mouth into the ear canals and throat preventing mucus from draining properly.
  • some mums say that weaning a baby off a dummy is not worth the screaming long nights where a dummy was a quick fix.

Our advice is never to use a dummy as a first resort or quick fix. Your baby may be crying, but this is a great opportunity for you to get to know your baby’s signs. Do they need a feed, burping, nappy change or just need a good rest?
Have an end goal in mind as to when you want your toddler to be weaned off the dummy. Take it slowly and make sure your little one is 100% healthy. 
It is a matter of trial and error to find out what dummy your baby likes if you decide to use one. Most dummies come equipped with silicone or rubber teat like shapes and a plastic mouth shield to prevent from swallowing. Some top brands will come as a complete piece for less risk or parts falling off.

Love them or hate them, parents all over the world have been using a dummy for centuries. The best solution is to trust your instinct.


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