Why you shouldn’t give your baby a dummy?

Why you shouldn’t give your baby a dummy?

Research suggests that it’s best to avoid dummies in the first weeks after birth. That’s because they’re associated with shorter duration of exclusive breastfeeding (Adair, 2003; Kronborg and Vaeth, 2009).

Is it OK to leave newborn with dummy?

Several medical studies have found that giving your baby a pacifier while they sleep may be associated with a reduced risk of SIDS, possibly by more than half. Medical organizations are taking note, too. The AAP’s safety guidelines against SIDS advises that pacifiers help even if they fall out after your baby nods off.

Are dummies good or bad?

Dummies are not good or bad in themselves – it’s how you use them that matters. If you feel comfortable, and a dummy is right for you and your baby, then that’s the right decision to take. Dummies may become a problem if they’re used all day and all night, and without teaching babies how to self-soothe without them.

When should I remove dummy?

Dummies can be good to help babies self-settle for the first four or five months, but it is generally recommended that parents try to wean their baby’s dummy between six and 12 months.

Should I remove dummy once baby is asleep?

Regular dummy use is the best way to use a dummy. This means offering your baby a dummy each time you put them down for a sleep, day or night. You and your baby will also find it easier to have a regular sleep routine. If the dummy falls out of your baby’s mouth during sleep, there is no need to put it back in.

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Does a dummy reduce the risk of SIDS?

Feeding, dummies and SIDS

Breastfeeding your baby reduces the risk of SIDS. It’s possible using a dummy at the start of a sleep also reduces the risk of SIDS.

How do I settle my baby without a dummy?

Ideally you will put your baby in their cot awake, close the curtains and leave the room. You will leave your baby for an appropriate time and then intervene with reassurance – I tend to do this in 5-minute intervals so the settling routine will look like this – and it also depends on the age of the baby.