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    Default Sucking finger

    Hi,

    I've been advised not to give my baby a pacifier before he is one month old. However, I've caught him a few times sucking a finger. He's two weeks old. Should I wait or should I give him a pacificer now?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Sucking finger

    if he can self sooth stick with that. dont introduce a paci just yet cuz he's still suceptible to confusion
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    Default Re: Sucking finger

    at two weeks I personally would feed my son everytime he started to suck on anything, I had a sleepy child and he needed all the feedings I could get into him.

    he is so young I would really wait to introduce a paci
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    Default Re: Sucking finger

    Wait.
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    Default Re: Sucking finger

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*lidarln View Post
    at two weeks I personally would feed my son everytime he started to suck on anything, I had a sleepy child and he needed all the feedings I could get into him.

    he is so young I would really wait to introduce a paci
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    Default Re: Sucking finger

    I believe that my son must have sucked his fingers in the womb because he was so attached to them at birth. When he sucked his fingers, I took it as a sign of hunger (we had major feeding problems, too, so he was always hungry in those early days). When he got older, though, it became very clear that he just wanted to suck his fingers sometimes, especially when he was tired. Unless you really want to introduce a pacifier later (and I would wait if you do), fingers are actually really convenient. They never get lost or forgotten, and at least for a very young one, they don't fall on the floor. My son (seventeen months) has recently stopped using them for sleep (he gave up other times even earlier). I'm almost sad about that since it was such a signature look for him (but I'm also glad we don't have to worry about it continuing too long either.)
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