How to Train a Baby to Accept a Pacifier
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How to Train a Baby to Accept a Pacifier

This article is about some tips to train a baby to accept a pacifier.

All parents would like to give the best material things and care for their own precious baby. Before the baby is due, the parents will get classes for caring the baby properly and buy baby clothes, crib, baby bottles and even toys. But even with the joys of parenthood, there are also frustrating incidents like when your baby doesn’t like his pacifier. But you don’t have to worry about that anymore because here are some tips on how to train a baby to accept a pacifier.

First Tip: Choose the right type of pacifiers for your baby. The baby’s pacifier needs greatly depend on his age. A newborn baby has very sensitive gums which is why softer and little pacifier tips are a must. For babies aged 6 months and above, a solid pacifier tip can easy do the job. Also take into consideration the shape and size of the base of the pacifier or you baby might not breathe properly.

Second Tip: Never give a pacifier to your newborn early. A newborn doesn’t fully understood the concept of suckle or sucking to get milk. If you give a pacifier to your newborn, the tendency is that he could easily get confused about whether to feed or suck. This confusion could be led to improper feeding or unintentional imposed hunger to your baby. It is best to wait a month or two before you introduce the pacifier.

Third Tip: Don’t give a pacifier to a crying baby. The major reasons why a baby cries are hunger, wet diapers, irritation or distress. Making the baby suck on a pacifier might increase his impatience even more which could worsen the situation. The best thing to do is to know first why your baby is crying then act on it. If he is relaxed then it is the right opportunity to give him the pacifier.

Fourth Tip: Do different ways to entice the baby to suck on a pacifier. No person would want to have a foreign object inside their mouth especially for the first time. One way to get your baby sucking is to dip the tip of the pacifier first in milk or juice so that he can be attracted because of the taste. Another technique is to put the pacifier first in a refrigerator so that your baby can feel a cold sensation inside his mouth which is new to him. The last technique is to shake or tap the pacifier inside the baby’s mouth so that he will be curious on why his pacifier is “moving.”

Fifth Tip: Don’t give up. It may take a little while before your baby get used on sucking on his pacifier. Remember to lengthen your patience and soon enough, your baby can hold his pacifier without your help.

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