Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Watcha Think?

So watchathink about pacifiers? Dash cannot live without his. I ususally stick it in his mouth when he is either:

1). Cranky (but not hungry)
2). Sleepy and can't get his sleep (but still not hungry)
3). When we have lunch out on Sundays and he wishes not to sit still in his stroller or car seat
4). When he is on his Bumbo playing and wants to shove all of his toys in his mouth
5). When he is rolling around on the bed while looking for pillows and blankets to suck on
6). In the middle of the night right after I have given him a bottle but still want to suck on something

** Geez that sounds like the pacifier is always in his mouth -- but no. He has his noisy moments.
Josh NEVER appreciated the pacifier because he preferred his left thumb over the dummy rubber nipple when he was just 4 months old. We tried many times to stick in the dummy but Josh would just spit it out. Smart kid. AND boy, he sucked on that left thumb for the next 3 1/2 years of his life. Of course, we all kept encouraging him to stop, but to no avail. He just stopped on his own. Except for a chapped left thumb nail, I don't think Josh's thumb sucking really had any negative effect on him. His front teeth arean't crooked, he seems emotionally stable.
I came across this article, which gave me a better understanding of the pacifier. And I must agree with both the pro's and con's although Dash's sucking on the pacifier never interfered with my breastfeeding (when I was still breastfeeding him). But I still have no idea what to expect as Dash's grows more and more fond of his pacifier.

** picture taken when he was 4 months. And please do not laugh / make fun of the spunky funky standing up at the back but flat up front hair (attempts were made to "fix" it for the picture but to no avail).


Jennboree said...

I love that picture!

Okay...I've got kids with both issues. Bella is STILL attached to the friggin pacifier. She's 2 1/2!! Her dentist mostly wants her off of it now because it can change the way their jaw forms (she's got a slight over bite), but he's not concerned about her teeth.

The thumb-sucking gets bad reviews but I did it till I was 5 (I KNOW!) and Ava started in the womb (proof is in the sonogram) and refuses to take a pacifier. She won't even entertain the idea for a minute without her head spinning with rage. So we gave up.

The thumb, you can't take away. The pacifier, you can, but it can be just as difficult to break the habit. They learn quickly that there's a store! :)

So, I guess I have no advice. HAHA

Dr. J said...

Louann, this is me officially whining. Either I'm crazy or your blog looks like a bunch of ad links with comments at the bottom. Where's the actual blog? Help me!

Amanda Sue said...

i agree with dr. j. where are you?

C said...

Hi Louann!
It's been a while since I've had a chance to check out my fave blogs! I've been out of town for two weeks.

BTW, I was sort of puzzled to see a whole bunch of ads in your last post. I'm not sure if they're supposed to be there? When I checked out your latest post, the original post wasn't there. Instead, there were some pretty suggestive links...and they didn't look like something you'd post. Just thought I'd let you know :) I'll check back again later. Maybe it was just an error?