ARE BINKIES REALLY THAT BAD?

ARE BINKIES REALLY THAT BAD?

Why do binkies get such a bad rap? I don’t understand it. Binkies can be a breastfeeding mother’s best friend (sore boobs need a break from being sucked on for comfort only). It’s a total wives tale that they cause nipple confusion. In fact, binkies are often used to teach sucking skills to premature babies. Binkies help sooth a crying baby. Binkies decrease the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). And most importantly, I can take a binky away (unlike a thumb) when I’m ready to break the habit. Just don’t let your old child have a binky—it’s socially awkward, not to mention bad for their teeth and language development. I usually say start breaking the habit around 18 months (limit binkies to bed) and totally off by 2 years-old.

I like the Mam or Nook binkies. They have sizes that can grow with the child (better for the teeth).

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I'm a pediatrician and a mom. PediatricAnswers.com is my blog where parents can get the straight scoop on their child's health, largely based on my experience in the office and at home. I don't diagnose on the site, so please don't ask. These are just my opinions. Use this site as a resource. And trust your parent gut.

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