A question I get a lot is, can a newborn sleep with a pacifier? Believe it or not, I actually agree with that. I mean, there are some parents that feel that babies should be cradled like a baby toy in order to give them all the self-soothing skills they need to be calm and relaxed. In fact, some people believe that a pacifier can be just as soothing to a newborn as some of those expensive toys that are out there. However, it’s really not such a big deal if the baby is properly breastfed.
Some people also argue that you don’t need pacifiers if you are breastfeeding. That’s true, but most of the time mothers will switch to using the pacifier during feedings. So that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Besides, even if your baby is not nursing, you can still use the pacifier during nighttime because babies who are self-soothing find it hard to fall asleep without their pacifiers.
The bottom line is, can a newborn sleep with a pacifier? The answer is yes and no. First of all, some babies don’t need pacifiers in the first place. Babies can self-soothe just fine without one, so it’s not necessary to provide them with one. On the other hand, some babies really do require them, especially if they are born prematurely and require their mothers to breastfeed them for a period of at least six months or more.