It is a natural reflex for babies to suck. It is how babies eat and feel safe. A pacifier is better to use than a finger or thumb. Pacifiers will not give your baby a bad bite. It is harder for a baby to stop sucking a thumb or finger than a pacifier. Children may suck their thumb until they are about 3 to 5 years old. The child’s dentist will closely watch his/her teeth, mainly the permanent (adult) teeth.

Safe Pacifier Tips

  • If you see your child sucking his/her fingers or thumb during the first 3 months of life, try giving your child a clean pacifier instead.
  • Buy a pacifier with a nipple made of soft rubber to reduce gum soreness.
  • Do not use the pacifier all the time.
  • Look at the pacifier every day to be sure it is not worn or torn. A damaged pacifier can be harmful to your baby. A torn pacifier may cause the baby to choke.
  • Do not hang the pacifier around your baby’s neck with a string. The string could choke your baby.
  • Do not dip the pacifier in sugar or honey to comfort your child.
  • Do not put baby’s pacifier in your mouth and then into baby’s mouth. Bad bacteria from your mouth can get into baby’s mouth.
  • If you have questions, talk to your dentist or doctor.