The pacifier: a double-edged sword!

The pacifier: a double-edged sword!

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Rivers of ink have been written about the pacifier: its calming effect, the moment to incorporate it or remove it and how to do it, the inconveniences of its use, whether or not it is worth offering it to your baby ... But what will the pacifier have that most of the parents use it with our babies or, at least, have we ever offered it to them, even though they have rejected it?

I, of course, would not hesitate to erect a monument to the person who invented it, in which the following sentence would read: To the memory of don or doña ... in gratitude of countless parents for the nights slept, for the "healing effects" for the blows of their children, for the contained nerves and for the dissipated tantrums. Although we must recognize that the pacifier is a double-edged sword ...

Who is more attracted to the use of a pacifier, parents or their baby? I would say equal parts, although in different ways. For parents it is a powerful weapon, "the plug of tranquility", and for children a game and a consolation, "the panacea for almost all ills". But almost everything, in being parents, has its face and its cross: for parents the secret weapon usually becomes a double-edged sword and ends up not knowing where to grab it, and for babies relaxation and "carma" achieved can end up leading to a habit that is difficult to overcome.

Once again, we have to discern the right measure of things because not infrequently they get out of hand and we become true slaves of our past decisions: there are parents who have had to go through various pharmacies on duty in search of a pacifier just like their son's and no other that could be rejected, and other parents, perhaps more far-sighted, who have chosen to sow the house with dozens of pacifiers, so that there is always one available to their baby in case of grief.

We already know how easily pacifiers get lost in any corner of the room. What does tend to happen to us more frequently is that we do not see the moment to remove the pacifier, either out of laziness or because the circumstances of the moment are not the most favorable, so our son can stand in two years or more, saying his first little words or phrases, while alternating them with a few "caladitas" from his pacifier. We should consider the pacifier as an object with an expiration date, like bears at bedtime, diapers or the highchair.

With these, I think, not because when they get older they no longer use them, we avoid using them when it is time. So I still support the idea of ​​the "monument to the inventor". So if your little one is in the process of abandoning the pacifier, you will see that he will soon stop needing it and will become a little older, although, if he has a baby brother, he may succumb to the temptation to secretly give a few "licks "to his little brother's pacifier.

Patro Gabaldon. Editor of our site

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