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5 Tips If Your Baby Won’t Use a Pacifier

Many mothers wish they had the problem that their babies won’t use a pacifier. There are children as old as school-age still sucking a pacifier and refuse to stop, and their parents are at a loss as to how to stop them. They do not know where to even begin, and they have already tried everything. So if you are here because you are worried because your child will not take a pacifier, you are part of an elite group of parents that question why their children do not.

Some children do not. There are reasons why, though, and we can figure it out. It may be best that they do not. You should figure out the reason that you would like for them to take a pacifier as well, though. Is it soothing? If so, there are alternatives to that issue, and you will find some in this article along with reasons why your child may not prefer a pacifier. Keep reading to find out what is going on.

Your Child May Be Able To Self-Soothe

Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone’s child could do this? Some parents are blessed with babies who can self-soothe, and they do not need a pacifier. You will find that they can calm themselves without additional items like this. If your baby can do this, be happy that he or she is independent and can do this. Trust that many parents wish their child had some form of that ability. Take advantage of this and do not force a pacifier on your child. You can keep a pacifier around if you ever find that your child is inconsolable, but realize that when you introduce it to your child, they will more than likely become dependent upon it.

Your Child May Be Teething

Children will find that a pacifier is uncomfortable when teething. At the beginning of the teething process, it may still feel good because their gums are itchy. After a while, they become irritated and hurt. ( This does not feel good to your baby. If you find that your child is teething and has started to refuse the pacifier, you can stop trying to give them their pacifier. Another solution would be to chill their pacifier before giving it to your child. It will soothe their achy gums some. The only problem is that this does not help for very long. It may be long enough to get your child down for a nap.

Your Child’s Pacifier May Be Too Large

Consider the size of your child’s pacifier. Depending on the type that your child started with, if you have changed the style recently, the nipple could be too large for the baby. It may impede his or her breathing. Your child must be able to breathe and suck the pacifier all at the same time. If they are not able to do that comfortably, they feel as if they are missing breaths. Although this is not true, they are babies, and this will give off a nervous feeling, and they will have no desire to use the pacifier. You will notice that they will pull back from it and choose not to take it.

Your Child May Be Outgrowing A Pacifier

All children get older. As most children begin to eat more types of food, they pull away from the pacifier. They want different types of foods, versus a pacifier. You will notice that their interest in it will become less and less as they get older. As a child starts to talk and communicate more, they will do the same. It will become a hassle for the child to continually pull the pacifier out of their mouth every time they want to say a phrase or sentence. Ultimately they resort just to stop using the pacifier altogether. This makes it easier for them to communicate. They will be able to say sentences without having to stop and pull a pacifier out to talk.

When your child starts to see other children with no pacifiers, they will also want to appear more independent as well. They will shy away from their pacifier and decide against it. They want to grow up, and they realize that the way to become a bigger child is to stop using one. This is one of their first acts of asserting their independence.

Your Child Might Notice The Inconsistency In Shape

Children who are breastfed are used to a specific shape from their mother’s breast, and they tend to be fairly particular. You would be amazed at how they know the shape and prefer that shape and consistency above all others. If this is the case, then there is not a real fix for it. Some pacifiers have been created to imitate the breast, but they are just similar, they are not identical. If your child is picky, they will be able to tell.

Shop around and try different types and brands of pacifiers. You may be able to find one that your child prefers better than another. You may just have to settle for the fact that he or she does not like anything dissimilar to the breast if that is the case. That is not the worst thing that can happen. There are other ways that you can soothe your child. You can try music, books on tape, or baby bouncers. Be creative, and you can overcome this obstacle.


As you may have noticed, when you started reading this article, parents have problems stopping their children from sucking the pacifier. Be cautious of fussing too much about your child, not sucking one. It may seem like a problem at the moment, but you would probably more troubled if you had a school-age child that you were still trying to break from the pacifier. Take a look at this article for a little further reading.

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