There have been some discussions about the use of baby pacifiers. However, there are advantages as well as disadvantages in the use of baby pacifiers. Parents, especially mothers will have to decide whether they think their babies would need it or not. Parents know that for sure, there babies need some form of comforting which they can provide in terms of cuddling, rocking and at times by using pacifiers. There are some babies who would like to keep on sucking even if they are not really hungry.
Baby pacifiers though are not for nurturing or for feeding purposes but there are times when babies just are too fussy especially when everything has been done but to no avail. Babies may need the pacifiers to calm and to satisfy their other needs. Another benefit of the use of baby pacifiers is that it may reduce the incidence of SIDS or the sudden infant death syndrome. However the pacifier should not be placed back into the baby’s mouth if he or she has fallen asleep. The use of the pacifier during the weaning period is also better than the baby sucking his or her thumb.
The use of baby pacifiers may also have some disadvantages. Some studies have indicated that this may cause more middle ear infections among babies as well as in young children. However, this risk has been found out to be lesser among younger babies. Parents who decide to use baby pacifiers may do so up to about six months and then they should try to wean their babies from it after. Mothers who are breastfeeding their babies should wait a little before they give baby pacifiers. They have to let their babies get used to breastfeeding before giving them their pacifiers. This will enable mother to nurse their babies successfully.
Some parents worry about using baby pacifiers because of the tendency of the babies to depend on it for a very long time. Parents may have a difficult time in dealing with how they will ever take the baby pacifiers from their little ones. Another disadvantage of using baby pacifiers for longer periods is that it may cause some dental problems later on.
With these advantages and disadvantages in the use of baby pacifiers, parents will have to weigh and consider before they make a decision. They may let their bundles of joy use baby pacifiers or not. What is important is that they are also able to deal with the negative things that go with it as well.
New born babies may be sleeping a lot during the first months of life. However, there a lots of things going on in terms of baby growth and development even while they are in deep slumber most of the time. There are different areas where changes are occurring and these include not only the physical but also the cognitive development of babies. Language development, emotional and social development as well as sensory and motor skills development also occurs within the first year of the baby’s life.
Baby growth and development occurring in the physical aspect are readily observed as he or she grows. Though parents may observe that their babies may be losing some weight right after birth, they should not be alarmed. As the babies are able to adjust, they regain their weight at about 10-12 days later. Cognitive development also happens and parents need to interact with their babies often to stimulate brain development. As the baby hears or listen to their parents and to other environmental stimulus, they learn basic sounds of language which becomes the foundation for their speech or for their language development.
Part of baby growth and development also include the emotional and the social aspect. Babies learn to interact and to communicate with the people around them. They may express what they feel through the use of sounds and by the display of facial expressions. However, their discomforts are usually expressed through crying. As babies develop their senses, they are able to recognize those who care for them. They react when they see familiar faces or hear the voices of their parents. They also know how their mothers smell. Their sense of touch is also developed especially around their mouth.
Aside from these aspects of baby growth and development, the motor skills are also developed. Though most of the newborn’s movements are brought about their reflexes and instincts, in time, they learn how to move the other parts of their bodies. It is important that parents communicate with their babies in order for them to grow and develop well. Babies respond to high-pitched voice and also to some gentle touching, hugs as well as kisses. There have been some researches that prove better language development in babies through frequent talking to them as early as possible. Babies also learn faster through the interaction that they experience with the other family members rather than with the toys that they are given to play with.
The stimulus and the kind of environment where babies are raised contribute to baby growth and development. Parents should strive to provide a home atmosphere that would encourage proper baby growth and development.