By letting your baby sleep with a pacifier, you are providing a soothing and comforting way to help the baby sleep without your constant presence. However, during sleep the pacifier often falls out of the baby's mouth. With the baby's tossing and turning, the pacifier may even fall through the slats and out of the crib. This situation can cause you frustration if your baby wakes up and cries when he discovers the pacifier is gone.
Things You'll Need
- Pacifier receiving blanket
- Pacifier with plush toy attachment
- Crib-mounted pacifier holder
Use a pacifier receiving blanket that has a built-in attachment for the pacifier. Not only will this provide your baby with instant access to the pacifier, but the receiving blanket doubles as a training mechanism when you begin to wean your baby from using the pacifier. Eventually, you may be able to remove the pacifier and allow your baby to continue cuddling with the blanket that she has become accustomed to.
Give him a pacifier that has a plush toy attached to it. This will help prevent the pacifier from being thrown from the crib, as your sleeping baby may automatically grip the soft plush and cuddle with it even when the pacifier is not in his mouth.
Attach a crib-mounted pacifier holder to the sides of the crib and keep several pacifiers in it. If a pacifier does fall out of the crib during the night, your baby should be able to roll over or sit up and grab another pacifier from the holder.
Tips & Warnings
- Never attach a pacifier to the crib using string, cord or ribbon as these are a choking hazard. Pacifiers clipped to a baby's clothing are also not recommended during sleep.
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