New Mom Secret: I Push a Pacifier on My Son

It's hard being a new mom (or even an experienced mom to a new baby) and sometimes we do things we know we shouldn't, despite what all the experts say. But this is a safe place to share your secrets (PM me)—we'll never tell.

This Week's Secret:


My son is 3 months old and he is so fussy. He has never been willing to take a pacifier, but my mother and I push it and push it. I keep thinking it will help soothe him in down time. But I have all these friends who are trying to wean their older kids off pacis. Am I crazy for trying to get mine to take one? -- Anonymous

As the mom of a daughter who sucks her thumb, I say suck it up and deal with fussiness. He will likely outgrow the fussiness, but try getting a kid to stop sucking a "paci" attached to their hand! It isn't fun.

If he doesn't want a pacifier, maybe he wants something else? One thing I only realize now, five years into the whole parenting thing, is that it all passes SO quickly. That fussy baby will be a toddler in no time. Try to keep that perspective and be thankful your baby will not have bad habits you need to break!

Do you have any advice for this mom?


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