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  1. Individual says:

    It’s funny my son never took to a pacifier.

    • IronEdithKidd says:

      Neither did mine. The last time I tried to pop one in his mouth he took it out, examined it, then started playing with it. On the happy side, at least we won’t be having *that* particular battle with our future toddler.

  2. igpajo says:

    I know they’re there to help keep the things from sticking to the cheeks, but I always thought those holes in the side would be perfect for attaching a piece of elastic that would wrap around the head to keep them from spitting them out.

  3. Carol Maltby says:

    I actually liked having conversations with my babies, and believed in letting them know I valued having them communicate as best they could.

    Silly me.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Our kid has the same one- it is the only one he will use! ‘Teller’ had good advice: never buy just one…

  5. pupdog says:

    I might have to order a couple just to have on hand for gift-giving opportunities.

    A friend once presented his 8+ month pregnant wife with a joke pacifier molded to look like some lipsticked-up lips and a cigarette butt.

    She didn’t find it as amusing as we did.

    Hopefully these will be better received.

  6. nanuq says:

    Where can I get one of those? It seems like the perfect baby gift.

  7. Teller says:

    This much I know: Never buy just one.

  8. Boondocker says:

    I predict incoming anti-pacifier parenting advice.

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s because pacifiers increase the risk of ear and sinus infections in babies.

      If your baby is crying, he/she needs something.

  9. MollyMaguire says:

    It’s funny cuz it refers to a baby as if it were a device! When one of us straps our fussing 10 month old into our Ergo carrier, where she always calms down, I say that we are unplugging her.

  10. Boondocker says:

    @Anon #22

    You bring up a good point about increased risk of otitis media, but you forgot the word ‘may’ in your post.

    This study, Is pacifier use a risk factor for acute otitis media? A dynamic cohort study, talks about methodological problems with the previous studies that had found links between increased risk of ear infection and pacifier use. The cohort study seems better designed, and does find that a higher percentage of infants using pacifiers end up with recurrent infections. However, the results aren’t statistically significant, so I’m not sure how they can be so sure about the link.

    In any case, most of the problems that may arise from pacifier use occur when the pacifier is used for too long, or isn’t cleaned, etc. The Canadian Paediatric Society’s position statement on the use of pacifiers is interesting reading on the subject, covering pacifier use as it relates to breastfeeding, otitis media, dentition, SIDS(!), infection, analgesic effects, and preterm infants.

    Here’s the tl;dr version:

    SUMMARY
    The decision to use pacifiers in infants and children remains controversial and an individual choice for today’s parents. Many experts agree that pacifiers may be associated with otitis media, early weaning and dental problems, but the nature of this association along with the scope of this negative impact is still unclear. Pacifier use may be protective against SIDS, which is significantly consequential, and indeed further research is needed to validate this claim. Due to the lack of strong evidence, either for or against the use of pacifiers, selective use and safe use cannot be over-emphasized to those who choose them. Paediatricians and other child health care providers must be vigilant in advising parents on the appropriateness of pacifier use (see parent handout) and be aware of the available evidence to date to support this advice.

    So, interesting reading on a controversial subject that, on the whole, really sucks.

  11. ncm says:

    I have always called those things “stoppers”. It would be fun to have one with a cork pattern.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Clever word play. Funny.

  13. Anonymous says:

    My kiddo had a few of those, much to my delight when watching the looks on people’s faces we ran across.

    I highly recommend them.

    Further picture evidence:
    http://s306.photobucket.com/albums/nn271/jjpeloquin/?action=view&current=redstripes.jpg

  14. Anonymous says:

    That’s funny. My wife took almost that same exact picture of our kid the other day.

  15. jim says:

    Pacifiers are great. Kid haters are doomed.

  16. Flaminica says:

    Boobs are free and they can multitask.

  17. Berk says:

    These have gone on the gift list for my breeder friends, Cheers!

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