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New Mom Secrets: I Wash Pacifier Off in My Mouth

by The Stir Bloggers on December 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM

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

Question: If your baby drops the pacifier, how do you clean it?
  1. Put it in my mouth first. 47%
  2. Rinse it with water. 26%
  3. Wipe it with my shirt. 11%
  4. I don't give it back to him. 3%
  5. Other. 9%
Total Votes: 101
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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!

If you have a new mom secret you'd like to share anonymously, PM me.

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I Drove My Baby Without a Car Seat

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  • toria...


    December 2, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    Totally guilty. I mean if it was very dirty floor, I'll clean it. Or for example, she was in the hospital and dropped her pacifier every time she coughed, that was rinsed with soap and water every time.

  • cmr123x


    December 2, 2009 at 9:44 PM

    It depends on if it fell on the floor in a public place or at home.  In public i don't give it back to him and wash it in the dishwasher when we get home.  At home if it falls on the floor I will rinse it off with water.  I would never put his pacifier in my mouth, There are so many germs not to mention bacteria. 

  • auror...


    December 2, 2009 at 10:58 PM

    I'm pretty sure that just makes it even MORE germy, not to mention puts you at risk for getting sick.

    Not trying to be rude, just sayin'.

  • catho...


    December 3, 2009 at 3:18 AM

    Other. My children nurse at the breast for food AND comfort, and do not take a pacifier.... no need to worry over a dropped binky!

  • sodapple


    December 3, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    i think i have done all of those except give it back without just "cleaning" it a bit, i have put it in my mouth once when my child was sick and i got sick, i have cleaned it on my shirt when we were at home and far from the kitchen and bathroom, obiously i ahve rinse it with a water bottle once or twice on the mall, but if it ever fell on the street i wouldn't give it back to her. we are all guitly once in a while =-/

  • MomO1_87


    December 3, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    I had to click other cuz I kinda do a combination.  It honestly depends on where we are at the time.  Like if we're home or at the park i'll just wipe it off or put it in my mouth to clean it.  But because of the flu season  being around and stuff, when we're out where there is a large amount of people ill either wipe it off with a wipe or not give it back to him until i'm able to disinfect it

  • Jem0582


    December 3, 2009 at 9:57 PM

    I'm sorry moms but putting in your mouth to "clean" it....that's just gross.  If it fell on the floor, just think of what you are putting in your mouth.  Dog hair, dirt, old crumbs....ewww!!!  I guess I am just grossed out easily.  My son doesn't take a binkie...not b/c I don't give it to him, he just never wanted it.  If anything he just chews on it when he is teething.  But I voted rinse with water.  If we are in public.....he wouldn't get it back.

  • justa...


    December 3, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    My husband used to do that, unless it was actually coated in dirt or something.  I would just wipe it with my fingers or shirt.  At home they are left laying all over the house and the kids would find them and pop them in.

    3 kids that used pacifiers from birth to 2+ years and they were rarely ever sick and when they did get sick it was a mild cold (in fact they still rarely ever get sick, we had our first bout of flu over Halloween...with an 8yo, he had never had more then a cold in his life).

  • 1smar...


    December 4, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    I wash my newborn's pacifier off a few times a day, not only when he drops it. I would never think of "washing" it off in my mouth. If there was no sink, I wouldn't give it back to him.

  • happy...


    December 4, 2009 at 11:44 PM

    thats the reason why i ALWAYS take 2/3 pacifiers with us , cuz we like to be prepared !

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