Pacifiers: Do They Suck?

July 12, 2012

Pacifiers can be a lifesaver, calming down a fussy baby almost instantly. But do they harm the baby more than they help the parents?

Pacifiers have been used since the the late 17th century, and since their introduction have taken the world of parenthood by storm. Over 50% of the parental population in the US have adopted the use of pacifiers to one degree or another.

The Good

  1. Relaxation

  2. Reduction of Incidence of SIDS

  3. Distraction

  4. Disposable

The Bad

  1. Interferes with Feeding

  2. Dental Issues

The Sucky

  1. Dependency

The decision to use a pacifier — or not — is up to you.