As a parent, you want your baby to be comfortable and happy while sleeping, and sometimes that can mean using a pacifier.
A question we often hear is whether a baby can sleep with a pacifier. Let's take a closer look at the benefits and considerations of pacifier use during sleep.
Let's start with the benefits of using pacifier while sleeping:
Many babies find sucking on a pacifier to be soothing and comforting, which can help them fall asleep and stay asleep longer. The act of sucking can also help relieve discomfort from teething or ear infections.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends offering a pacifier at naptime and bedtime, as studies have shown that a pacifier used during sleep can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
However, there are also some potential risks to consider:
If your baby becomes too dependent on the pacifier to fall asleep, it may become a sleep crutch that's difficult to break. Some babies may also experience discomfort or irritation from prolonged pacifier use.
If you're breastfeeding, offering a pacifier too early may cause nipple confusion and interfere with your baby's ability to latch properly.
With all the above, we can conclude two things:
If your baby is struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep, offering a pacifier during sleep may be a helpful tool. Just be sure to follow safe sleep practices, such as placing your baby on their back to sleep and avoiding loose bedding or soft objects in the crib.
While pacifier use during sleep can be helpful, it's important to monitor your baby's use and be prepared to wean them from the pacifier when the time is right. Most babies are ready to give up their pacifiers by 6-12 months of age.
At Limonada, we understand the importance of keeping your baby comfortable and happy while sleeping. We offer a wide range of products for newborns, including pacifiers holders, hair clips, blankets, slippers, and headbands.
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