SLEEP TRAINING WITH A PACIFIER
“This is a great article — thanks so so much for posting it. It’s hard to find practical tips on how to use pacifiers ‘well’, despite it being a very common sense question parents have (ie I don’t want to create a sleep prop, but are there ways to use it to help aid babies sleep without causing these issues?).”
WHEN TO START USING
For the first several weeks of life, it’s important to respond to baby’s cries. Once baby turns two weeks old I start implementing a Babywise sleep schedule. It’s then that I may start to use a pacifier as needed.
HOW TO USE AT NAPS
The pacifier is a wonderful sleep training tool when used effectively. First, I never ever offer my baby the pacifier at the start of sleep time. My babies learn from early ages how to self soothe and fall asleep on their own without help from Mommy or a pacifier sleep prop.
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THE PACIFIER AS A SLEEP TOOL: NOT A PROP
The baby never needs the binky in order to sleep. It is simply a tool in my parenting toolbox to help during moments when my baby can’t settle themselves, when I’m troubleshooting a sleep problem, to see if the baby is truly hungry or to help them sleep for their full nap and through the night.