It’s perfectly natural for babies to want to suck. This behavior helps babies calm down when they feel anxious and breastfeed without any issues.
When it’s too early to breast or bottle-feed, parents often give their children pacifiers to help them suck as much as they want. Many agree that this popular parenting tool does come with a few advantages—it can decrease the risk of SIDS, soothe anxious babies, and help babies satisfy their need to suck in an easy and manageable way. However, improper use of pacifiers has also been known to lead to quite a few problems, such as early weaning and crooked teeth. Here are a few dos and don’ts of pacifier use to take note of: