How to Keep Pacifier in Baby’s Mouth
Pacifiers are one of those things you have so many of but can never keep track of them. When you need one, they’re nowhere to be found, but when you don’t need one, it’s like you bought the whole store out.
Keeping the pacifier in your baby’s mouth is equally a challenging task to manage. My child loves to just spit their pacifier right out of their mouth, sometimes leaning over and spitting it right to the floor. Why they do this, I’ll never know.
What I do know is there is a way to keep that pacifier in your child’s mouth, and it’s easier than you think!
Things You’ll Need
Before we get started, there are a couple of things you are going to need for this process!
You will, of course, need a pacifier that your baby prefers. My child seems to like his Avent pacifiers more than other brands we’ve bought. You can use any pacifier that you child seems to like to suck on the most.
The better your child likes the pacifier, the easier this process will be.
These things are amazing, and I just found out they exist! These pacifier clips keep the pacifier from falling on the ground, rather they clip to the pacifier and your child’s clothes or bib. If they spit out the pacifier, it doesn’t fall to the ground. I’m in love.
Most of the time, I recommend using breast milk, but if your breast milk has dried up, you can use other milk that isn’t cow’s milk, baby formula, and depending on their ages you can try honey, syrup, or juice.
Patience is key in this process. This isn’t going just to happen overnight; it will take time and dedication to continuously engaging your child with their pacifier to keep it in their mouth. You need to continually build those muscles in the mouth to get a strong suction to the pacifier.
Keeping Pacifier in Baby’s Mouth
We’re finally at the process to help keep the pacifier in your child’s mouth! Let’s get started!
Step 1: Clean the Pacifier
The pacifier should be cleaned before following these measures. You can either hand wash it, place it in the dishwasher or sanitize the pacifier. Once the pacifier is cleaned, allow it to dry fully and then continue.
Step 2: Clip the Pacifier
You need to position the clip to a place on your child’s clothing where it won’t interrupt their playing, they won’t pull it and is not too close to the ground.
Clip the end to their clothes and the other end to the pacifier. Give a small tug to both sides, gently, to see if the clip is secured to the clothing and the pacifier.
Step 3: Flavor the Nipple
Take the clean pacifier, without touching the nipple and dip the nipple into the flavoring you choose. I’ve even seen some parents will suck on the pacifier before giving it to their child and it works.
The baby is usually trying to suck to get milk or food, so when you flavor the nipple, it provides the child with something familiar and makes them suck on the pacifier.
Step 4: Engage the Pacifier with Your Child
This is where you actively clip the pacifier to the clothing and place the pacifier in your child’s mouth. They’ll start sucking at first but watch them, and each time they begin to stop sucking, give the pacifier a little tug.
They’ll begin sucking again after you try to pull on it. Continue this routine until they can keep the pacifier in their mouth with no problems. This could take a while.
Step 5: Continue Engaging
Continue with tugging on the pacifier to get them to suck on it. As you proceed with the process, every couple of hours, replace the flavoring until you can spread that further and further out. Eventually, you won’t need to add flavor to engage your child to suck on their pacifier.
No More Pacifiers on the Floor
With the steps above, hopefully, this has helped you engage your child more with their pacifier. I hope you never need to sanitize more than two pacifiers a day and may your child love keeping their pacifier on them.
Where are some of the places you find pacifiers? What are some of the ways your child gets rid of their pacifiers?