YOUK HABY MAY MAKE this decision for you: Some tykes just never enjoy a Bin ky. But if your newborn takes to a pad a la Maggie Simpson, we kinda think it's a win-win situation. Not only arc infants soothed by the act of sucking, says Harvey Karp, M.D., author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, but pacifiers have been shown to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) when used during naps and at bedtime. And contrary to popular belief, pads do not cause nipple Confusion and probably won't lead to orthodontia woes (unless your "baby" uses them past the age of 6 or so).
The catch? Giving ababy a paci means that, eventually, you'll have to wean her off it. If you take the Binky away around 6 months, as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends, your baby will likely forget about it in a day or so. But show us a mom who willingly gives up this convenient, safe comfort crutch at exactly 6 months and we'll show you a pig with wings. Once you've got a paci addict on your hands, you're probably not going to wean until 1 year or (much) later, at which point it canbe more difficult. To make it easier, put limitson when she can use the plug—only in the crib or the car, for example, or only at night.
Bottom line: Binkics can be a mom's best friend and may help protect your child against SIDS.
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