Question: “My daughter turned 8 weeks yesterday. Slowly but surely, we’ve fallen into the trap of sitting next to her bassinet for three hours a night because of her pacifier falling out.
After her bottle, she will cry and cry for her pacifier. We give it to her, it pops out after less than 2 seconds, and then the cycle starts again. She is fine after other wake ups; this is just the initial going to sleep period where we struggle with this. We are losing our minds. This can’t go on, but what choice do we have?”
As you might know, for many parenting problems, there is no “one good answer“. Hence, our “7 Answers” series…
Top 7 Answers:
1. Tracy Loiselle We went through this very thing as well. Our son liked the WubbaNub because of his other pacifier falling out. With the WubbaNub, he could use his arm to push it back into his mouth. We also did paci training (see #4). While he was sucking it, I would flick it out a little. This got him to learn to suck it in before he lost it. I believe I picked that up from the Happiest Baby on the Block — those 5 S’s really worked for us.
2. Cathie Jones Not going to lie, I seriously considered taping it to her face. (Just on one side, I’m not completely insane…yet…)
3. Andrea Mitchell Olivier Stop doing that. Let her self soothe [not CIO, just stop replacing it]. It’s hard at first, but she’ll get the hang of it.
4. Mary Halm The right pacifier made a huge difference for us. MAM brand pacifiers satisfied our daughter’s need to suck and she was able to keep them much better than any others. Also, the Summer Infant SwaddleMe blankets were game changers.
5. Justin Heidi Durant To keep the pacifier from falling out, we were told that infants must “learn how” to keep it in their mouth — there is a little reverse psychology involved. When they are sucking on it well/mostly awake gently try and tug it out/take it away. Most of the time their instinct will kick in and they will suck it right back in. Keep doing it throughout the day and for several days until they get the hang of it. Worked wonders for our little guy. They will never figure it out if you keep putting it back in for them. Best of luck!
6. Megan McGraw I second the MAM pacifier. We have tried 3 different types of pacifiers because we personally decided that we would prefer a pacifier over her thumb. The MAM was her favorite by far. Like a previous poster said, it’s a little flatter and has some texture for the tongue to hold on to. The MAM was what my lactation consultant recommended and it has been great for us.
7. Rachel May Gordon WubbaNub is a life saver!
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