Your baby should not be given their bottle to use as a pacifier.
Allowing your baby to use their bottle as a pacifier puts your baby at risk for choking. It also creates a situation where your baby swallows gas, which causes abdominal distension, a painful expansion of the stomach that makes them even more uncomfortable and inconsolable.
It is not recommended to allow your baby to use their bottle as a pacifier. You are a parent, and you are the one to set boundaries to protect your baby and ensure they are always at their best and free from harm. Your baby will always fall in line with what you give them. Your baby using their bottle as a pacifier is something you have allowed to happen and can be corrected into behavior that it was better for them.
Remember that your baby is new to this whole thing called life and the world, so they need your help figuring out certain things. You wouldn’t let them put their finger in a power outlet even when they insist, right?
It’s best to do what’s best for your baby.
Using a bottle as a pacifier is a choking hazard.
Using your baby’s bottle as a pacifier is something you have allowed. Your baby will only get what they are given, and you gave them the bottle because you realized it soothed them.
But it’s not the best option. Their bottle soothes your baby because they have associated it with milk, and they are recreating the feeling of comfort they get from sucking milk out of their bottle. The problem with allowing your baby to go unsupervised with their body hanging from their mouth is that the nipple could pop out of the ring and choke your baby.
This will be a bigger problem for everyone and could severely injure your baby and even affect their brain because babies need oxygen going to their brains at all times and are more susceptible to brain damage than adults.
Treat that empty bottle the same way you would treat that power outlet. It is a no go zone, no matter how much your baby insists, gently but firmly say NO.
Treating the root cause of discomfort
It is important to find out why your baby needs soothing. Pacifiers are generally used to soothe babies who are uncomfortable and cry a lot. Sucking on the pacifier is known to provide a distraction and mimic the sucking mechanism that offers comfort to your baby.
It is important to find the reason for your baby’s distress. Babies sync with the emotions of their caregivers. It is important to notice how you are feeling around your baby. If you are stressed out, your baby will catch those emotions and panic because they don’t want to be unwanted or rejected.
Discomfort in babies is born from fear or anxiety of being left alone. A child’s biggest fear is losing their parents. It is important to create a calm and soothing environment for yourself and your baby so that you can both thrive.
Leaving your baby in distress can break their bond with you.
It is important to find long term solutions to soothe your baby other than a pacifier.
Once your baby is crawling and moving around, you should gently limit the use of their pacifier because it could limit your baby’s exploration, creation, and focus.
It is important to focus on soothing your baby’s distress as early as possible because distress can stunt their growth, which happens when their body produces cortisol. This stress hormone inhibits their growth and can have negative effects on your baby’s bond with you.
Always comfort your baby.
Babies have been shown to remain calm by simply knowing you are there. Your presence helps reassure them. This means that simply holding them and responding to their cries even if it doesn’t stop them from crying right away helps them feel heard, which lowers cortisol or stress levels in their bodies.
This helps your baby maintain trust with you and strengthens their bond with you. It also ensures that they have fewer instances of discomfort resulting in a secure baby.
Essential oils to calm your baby
Essential oils have been used in medicine for thousands of years across different cultures. These oils are primarily used in aromatherapy, which is the practice of using plant extracts to promote health and wellbeing.
They are extracted from plants, and the oils give the plant’s essence or flavor. Every plant has a characteristic essence, which makes it suitable for different uses.
Essential oils are highly potent and should not be swallowed or ingested. When they are used externally, they require a carrier oil to make them friendly.
Essential oils are also used for inhaling. These have been known to positively affect emotions, behaviors through the use of the sense of smell. They also affect long term memory and affect mood.
Using Essential oils in your home
The best way to improve your baby’s mood and calm them is to use a diffuser with lavender, sandalwood, rose, or chamomile. These essential oils are known and used to calm nerves, focus, improve mood, relieve anxiety and stress. They can be purchased online, and it is important to purchase authentic oils.
You can purchase essential oil diffusers and place them in the rooms your baby uses the most such as their nursery, bedroom, the family room, and the hallway. You can add your essential oils to the diffuser, but not too much because they can negatively affect your fur babies and human babies. Make sure to place them far away from your baby or pet’s reach and enjoy the benefits.
Lavender is a great starting oil. It is safe for your baby and pets, offering a comforting, soothing environment for everyone in your home.
Bathe your baby if they are inconsolable
It is important to bathe your baby often for practical reasons. Your baby is like a marathon runner whose pooping and peeing themselves a lot throughout the day, not to mention the spit up and inability to put food directly into their mouth when eating properly, which leads to a mess.
Not only that, but your baby may also cry and have their cute little face stained with tears. They are dirty, and we all know how uncomfortable we feel when we get a little dirty – after a 40-minute run, we often dash for the shower to freshen up. A sponge bath just can’t do it.
It’s the same with your baby. Often babies are irritable because they aren’t being bathed often. Babies need to be bathed at least twice a day with gentle products. This is because they sweat a lot through the night, and their day is busier than yours in the bodywork department. Baths make them comfortable and help them learn good hygiene.
Add Essential Oils to your baby’s bath.
You can add essential oils to your baby’s bath to soothe them for the day during their morning bath and night during the nighttime bath. However, always consult with your doctor first.
It is important to follow precautions when adding essential oils to your baby’s bath. Only add about 2 – 4 drops and do not add more than required. If you are nervous, there are baby bath products that are infused with essential oils like lavender to calm, soothe, and clean your baby.
There is always a reason for your baby’s discomfort, and it is often simple. Sometimes it’s as simple as needing a nice lavender bath to calm and clean their bodies. If your baby is not bathed often, they are most likely going to be cranky and reaching for their bottle to soothe themselves. But you can’t have this because the bottle is a choking hazard. Therefore, always find the root cause of your baby’s discomfort and provide them with the relief they need.