My husband and I were dead set against the use of a soother. That was one thing that we actually agreed on. My little girl was born a few weeks premature, because of this she could not suckle. She really struggled so the pediatrician advised us to use a soother to help her with her suckling and jaw movement. The hubby was really not impressed. His concerns being that it would hamper her speech, her teeth and that we would never be able to get her of it .
Yes all valid concerns. Eventually he gave in. we started using the NUK soother range. It was brilliant and it helped her a lot.
All those concerns were still at the back of our minds. When she was 6 months old we decided to change her soother to a different brand. We had been hearing a lot about the Philips Avent range.
It was slightly different to the NUK .
The Philips Avent Soother had a “collapsible nipple is symmetrical, flat, and drop-shaped”. Which we thought would work well when her teeth start to come out. It works just as well upside down, which was very helpful at night when she would spit it out and cry until we would put it back in her mouth and when she started putting it in her mouth on her own. Yes the cap is a great feature as well because it keep the dummy clean and does not come out easily.
She is still using the Philips Avent Soother. She is 13 months old and has only 4 teeth but personally i don’t think that has anything to do with the soother as a number of kids around her age have 4 or less teeth. I also don’t think it affected her speech in any way because she is an absolute chatterbox.
I still get lots of criticism in using a soother. Especially from older people but i feel that each situation is different because no one child is the same. All kids develop differently.
I was reading an article on David Beckham defending his daughter against pacifier critics. This was my inspiration for my post.
Whats your view on the use of a Soother?