Ah, the age-old question: to dummy or not to dummy? For centuries, parents have been weighing the pros and cons of giving their child a pacifier, and for just as long, experts have been giving contradictory advice.

So, what's a parent to do? In this blog post, we'll explore the pros and cons of giving your baby a dummy in an effort to help you make an informed decision.

The Pros of Giving Your Baby a Dummy

1. It can provide comfort. Let's face it, babies cry...a lot. And when they do, it can be hard to console them. A dummy can provide much-needed comfort to a weeping baby and help them calm down.

2. It can help establish a sleep routine. Getting your baby on a regular sleep schedule is no easy feat, but a dummy can help. Giving your baby a dummy before bedtime can signal to their brain that it's time to sleep, making it easier for them to drift off into dreamland.

3. It can reduce the risk of SIDS. Studies have shown that babies who use dummies are at a lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). While the reason for this is unclear, experts believe that it may have something to do with the fact that dummies encourage babies to sleep on their backs—the position in which they are least likely to experience SIDS.

The Cons of Giving Your Baby a Dummy

1. It can interfere with breastfeeding. If you're planning on breastfeeding your baby, using a dummy could interfere with that plan. Some babies become so attached to their pacifier that they refuse to take milk from anything else—including their mother's breast.

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2. It could lead to dental problems later on in life If your child uses a dummy for too long (experts say past the age of three), it could negatively impact the development of their teeth and jaw, leading to problems such as an overbite or open bite later on in life.

3. You might end up stepping on it...a lot As any parent who has ever stepped on a forgotten dummy in the middle of the night can attest, these things are small—and thus easy to lose track of. If you're not careful, you might find yourself stumbling over dummies on a regular basis!

4. You might have trouble getting rid of it Eventually, your child will outgrow their need for a dummy...but that doesn't mean they'll be willing to part with it easily. If you give your child a pacifier now, be prepared for tantrums and tears when it's time to say goodbye later on down the road.


So there you have it—the pros and cons of giving your baby a dummy! Ultimately, whether or not you decide to use one is up to you; there is no right or wrong answer here. Just weigh the pros and cons carefully before making your decision so that you can be sure you're doing what's best for your little one—and your sanity! Thanks for reading!