I'm a first time mom and I've felt a lot of pressure (from myself as well as others) to sooth my cranky 7 week old (who isn't always cranky but when she is, boy, look out!). I was very against pacifiers before I had a baby, but when I finally gave in, and there was once again peace in my house, I had to change my mind. Ari now uses a pacifier to sleep (which is most of the day) and in the car. I'm wondering if I'm causing my child more harm then good? I've read studies that say pacifiers are bad for teeth after a certain age but good for the prevention of SIDS in the first year. I'm also wondering if there is a more natural choice in pacifier materials...are there the problems with latex that the hard plastic bottles are having?