New Mom Secrets: I Wash Pacifier Off in My Mouth


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—we won't tell.

This Week's Secret:
When my baby drops his pacifier on the floor, if there is no sink around, I just stick it in my mouth to wash it off. — anonymous


If your baby drops the pacifier, how do you clean it?

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We all have secrets and opinions—so thanks to this brave mom for sharing her honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation nonjudgmental!

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siren... siren_sexy

ugh. some people are just disgusting!!! i can't believe what i'm reading.

RanaA... RanaAurora

This introduces bacteria into the infant's mout that causes dental caries. They don't naturally create that bacteria for two years unless it's introduced.

momlo... momlovesadam

OMG, your mouth is way more dirty than the floor especially if it fell on your clean floors. it takes a minute to rinse it with hot water .

hayli... hayliesmommy20

Wow. Its not my business what other people do with their babies but I think thats kinda gross. That just seems like it would make it more germy than it was before. How hard is it to walk to the sink and wash it off. I'm not trying to sound mean or be rude but thats careless.

Georg... Georgie0502

I voted put it in my mouth first, but it actually depends on a few things...

1. how dirty the floor is

2. how badly the baby is acting like he needs it

3. whether or not a sink is available

nicki... nicki.hemingway

Depends on where it falls. At home in my mouth and back into his. Outside yeah, it's getting washed with soap and water.

debbym debbym

Just wiping it on shirts,rinsing only putting it in your mouth(worst of all) is only going to make it more germy, that to me is disgusting and a way to cause thrush, whether it happens or not that is a risk, to each her own I sterilize them and bottles.

nonmember avatar Amanda

Did you know they make pacifier wipes now? That's what I use. They're food grade (safe for babies to have in their mouths) so they are getting a bunch of yucky chemicals and it's bound to be more effective than water or spit. (Although I'm totally guilty of popping it in my mouth once in a while) lol

nonmember avatar Dental Nurse

You shouldn't clean a pacifier by putting it in your own mouth as it introduces a different bacteria mix into babies mouth. It's also just gross. Your own ADA puts out guidelines. Read them.

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