This is not an easy question because each solution has its pros and cons. However, this article is not about this. I would like to focus on tips on how to give a dragon to a child so that the pacifier accepts.
And although we can never be sure that the child will "catch" sucking the pacifier, we can help him discover and like this way of calming down. We have to reckon with the fact that often the toddler chooses himself and our efforts may not appeal to him. There are many babies (especially those on the breast) who do not accept the pacifier.
There is also no point in getting your toddler used to suck a dragon if the baby is calm and easy to calm down in other ways.
The decision to give the dragon should be carefully thought out.
When is it worth giving a pacifier?
- When the baby has a strong sucking instinct and cannot satisfy it by sucking the breast.
- When a child is tearful and grumpy and we accept sucking on a pacifier.
- When a toddler treats his breast as a pacifier, he often wakes up at night, demanding to attach to the breast for a few seconds, and mother is tired of such a solution.
- When the toddler does not release the breast after feeding, he sucks it, treating it like a teat, choking on the flowing food, he often vomits the excess milk accumulated in his tummy, he has the need to suck almost all the time, it is worth considering feeding the teat.
- After early weaning and switching to a bottle.
- The teat may help during teething.
Not getting used to?
Many mothers are afraid of giving a teat because of problems with weaning the baby from this comforter. This is an argument, however, assuming that the pacifier will be use wisely (when the child needs it, usually before bedtime or after feeding and after falling out, we will not put it in the child's mouth again), we do not have to worry that the toddler will not give up the pacifier in a timely manner. The more that the need to suck with age is getting smaller and before the age of two, in most cases, it is completely quiet.
How to serve a pacifier?
- It's worth stocking up with different pacifier shapes: your toddler may have different preferences regarding the type of dragon. There are many models on the market: elongated, round, orthodontic, flattened. In addition, we can choose the type of material: silicone, latex or rubber.
- When deciding to give a pacifier, we should make sure to propose it when the toddler is calm (and not when he cries or screams)
- The best time to give a pacifier is just after feeding.
- The easiest way to give a pacifier when a child lies on its side, slowly sliding it into the mouth, touching the lower lip, so that the baby has a chance to suck the teat. In the first moments it is worth helping the toddler by holding the pacifier with his fingers so that after a few seconds the dragon does not fall out. Of course, we respond to signals from the child and when the toddler protests, we don't do anything by force! The pacifier should be pulled out when the child clearly indicates that he does not want it, for example, choking on it. You can try again later. If it is very important for a child to suck a teat, it is worth trying and giving it from time to time.
- You can suggest a pacifier by taking the baby on his arm and holding it in the "cradle position" (horizontally). Then, while carrying the baby, you can gently hold the teat with the inside of the hand (around the elbow), allowing the toddler to slide him out of his mouth and suck him back, learning to suck.
- Before we give a pacifier, we can apply a few drops of breast milk or modified milk. Dipping in warm water can also help. However, it is better to avoid giving the teat soaked in juice, water with sugar or honey.
- If the baby does not accept the pacifier at once (for some younger babies, the pacifier is too big and uncomfortable), it is worth try again after a few weeks. Some children accept it without protest when they discover their fist and begin to suck it, i.e. around the third month of life. Many parents decide to give a pacifier at this stage to facilitate daily childcare and soothe the teething baby in the future.