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 –  Babies have a strong need to suck that goes beyond feeding since many use it as a soothing method. If your tot is having a hard time settling down, then a pacifier might be just the product you need to calm your baby. At drugstore.com, our selection of pacifiers covers a wide range of sizes and styles, so it will be easy for you to find the perfect choice for your little one.
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Why Use a Pacifier?

From the time infants are born, they have an instinctual need to suck. Obviously, this reflex is an essential part of your child's ability to get nourishment (regardless of whether you opt for breastfeeding or bottle-feeding). Still, many youngsters have desires that can't be satisfied through feeding alone, which is where pacifiers can come in handy. These products allow your baby to suck on something when he or she isn't actually hungry. As long as these products are introduced correctly and properly cared for, you can safely use a pacifier, and you may find that the ability to suck keeps your little one comfortable and happy between feedings.

How to Choose a Pacifier

When you are first introducing your baby to the concept of using a pacifier, you might be overwhelmed by all the different styles to choose between. The only way to really figure out which type your child prefers, however, is through a process of trial and error. When deciding which product to try first, it's important that you select a pacifier that is the right size for your baby. Ensure, for instance, that the pacifier has a wide enough shield that it won't be able to fit into your baby's mouth.

How to Use a Pacifier

Offer your baby the pacifier between meals when he or she seems fussy or before nap or bed time. Initially your baby may have a hard time keeping a pacifier in their mouth, but with practice and some assistance from mom and dad they should latch and suck correctly. Trying different styles, such as pacifiers that are attached to a plush item, or that have wider or narrower nipples may make it easier.

If your baby takes easily to a pacifier and uses it to self-soothe to sleep, don’t worry if the pacifier eventually falls out. This just means your little one is calm and satisfied enough to no longer need to suck while they are napping or tucked in for the night.

Are Pacifiers Safe?

While pacifier use doesn't usually pose any threat to your baby in and of itself (and may actually have certain health benefits), you still need to take a few precautions to ensure that your child's pacifier is safe.
  • One mistake many new parents make is using the nipple of a baby bottle as a pacifier substitute. Even when paired with the bottle top, this combination can be dangerous if the nipple comes loose, and it may even cause your child to choke.
  • When using a proper pacifier, you should never tie the product to your baby's crib or attach it to your little one's body because the string can be very dangerous and could cause strangulation.
  • Finally, it's important that you inspect pacifiers regularly to check for deterioration. These products should be replaced immediately if they are torn or discolored.
  • No matter what type of pacifier your child takes to, we offer a wide range of options at drugstore.com. Satisfy your baby's need to suck with one of these useful products.

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