Suri Cruise Has a Pacifier at 5 & My Daughter Might Too

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Suri CruiseIt's being called "Binkygate" by some as, horror of horrors, Suri Cruise has been spotted recently walking around with a pacifier in her mouth. Yes, she is going to be 5 next month, but really, who cares? Everyone it seems; people are simply aghast.

Some say she's spoiled and coddled; others worry she has mental problems; and yet others shriek warnings of the orthodontia bills to come, forgetting I guess that Tom Cruise can probably afford them with no problem. Some even blame Scientology. As an insider told PopEater:

Suri just isn't told 'no' very often. Scientology encourages you to make your own decisions and learn lessons as you live your life. She'll know herself when it's time to throw the pacifier away, plain and simple.

I'm no Scientologist, but I've gotta say: I agree.

My son was 4 before he gave his pacifier up, and he's a healthy, happy 7-year-old today with no signs of being worse for the wear for it. It comforted him through a cross-country move, a new house, new preschool, and all the other things his toddlerhood brought. I almost wish he still has that constant source of comfort as new fears and uncertainties come into his mind with age.

My daughter is 2, and going strong on her pacifier. We probably have 40 of them -- in the car, in her crib, in various rooms. She doesn't have one in her mouth all the time, but when she needs it or feels anxious, she gets one. It helps her sleep, which helps everyone in our home sleep. I adore pacifiers come to think of it.

People say children need to find other ways to cope, but why if this works? It certainly doesn't get in the way of her talking, that's for sure, as she never stops; and as for the dental issues -- there may or may not be evidence that it's going to cost us more down the line. I've read both sides (admittedly most say it will), but most kids these days need braces anyway, so I'm banking on that no matter what.

She'll give it up when she's ready, but if she chooses to go to college with one, well then that's fine too -- unlikely, but fine. I have no intention of trying to break this habit anytime soon, and I don't care if Tom and Katie break Suri of her habit either. Why would I?

But I know -- oh I know -- how many people feel differently. I find it fascinating just how opinionated people are about what other parents choose to let their own children do when it comes to things -- like pacifiers -- that aren't hurting anyone else. So step down pacifier police, they're our kids and our dental bills to pay. If you don't like it, don't look.

What do you think of Suri Cruise, or any 5-year-old, still having a pacifier?


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Beths... Bethsunshine

Go ahead and ruin your child's teeth and speech but don't complain about the braces and speech therapy.

RanaA... RanaAurora

I'm of the Dr. Sears belief (though these were my thoughts prior to knowing his... he just says it better) that: "If you have a baby who really needs a pacifier, then use it, don't abuse it, and quickly try to lose it."

It's okay to have comfort items, but not unhealthy ones.

xavie... xavierlogan09

my younger sister had terrible teeth as a young child because my step mom was too lazy to take the pacifier away. when i took my son off the bottle he had a fit for a couple days. after that he was happy to have his sippee cup. i think it's ridiculous for a child over the age of 2 to have a pacifier. they don't need it. it's not that hard to break the habit. my son quit using his pacifier at 3 months of age. if he had continued to use he'd be weaned off now. if he needs comfort i comfort him or his dad does. he doesn't need a piece of plastic to comfort him.  

KTMOM KTMOM

I am all about kids making choices and learning consequences,  but when it is at the risk of their teeth being  messed up,  I think that taking it away at a reasonable age is a good idea. 

Beths... Bethsunshine

Babies have a need to suck, whether it's on a pacifier,thumb, bottle or breast, but a 5 year old is NOT a baby.

nmmama09 nmmama09

Well, my 5 yr old certainly doesn't use one. Neither does my 4 yr old. They never did. My oldest used one for a week maybe, but he didn't like it much after that. I'm trying to imagine putting them on the bus to school with a paci hanging out of their mouth. In my opinion, and take note, this is JUST MY OPINION since the author asked for it, the paci should be gone by the time the child's teeth come in. If your 5 year old still needs one for comfort after all this time, I think there are bigger issues going on.

nonmember avatar Jaycee

I'm a 19 year old, and my father as a child refused to give me a pacifier. As a result, I started sucking my thumb. Good logic, dad, now I'm 19 years old and still, only when I am going to sleep, end up sucking my thumb. I did it until 6th grade- 6th grade, that's 12 years old- AT SCHOOL! Now I'm just embarrassed by that fact. I mean, I never had braces, apparently it was the way I sucked my thumb, but still! I'm all for letting the kid chose when he or she is ready to let go- but my parents couldn't take my thumb away and 19 years later it's a quarter inch shorter than my other thumb. Moral of this story? Let your kids have pacifiers. And take them away while they're still young enough that you can!

Peajewel Peajewel

I think this is something that should be kept between the family.  We have no idea why they let her still have it and it is their choice to do so and nobody else has the right to say what they should do.  Just go read the story about the Mom putting her toddler in the oven and you will realize a binky isn't such a bad thing.

nonmember avatar Jaycee

I'm a 19 year old, and my father as a child refused to give me a pacifier. As a result, I started sucking my thumb. Good logic, dad, now I'm 19 years old and still, only when I am going to sleep, end up sucking my thumb. I did it until 6th grade- 6th grade, that's 12 years old- AT SCHOOL! Now I'm just embarrassed by that fact. I mean, I never had braces, apparently it was the way I sucked my thumb, but still! I'm all for letting the kid chose when he or she is ready to let go- but my parents couldn't take my thumb away and 19 years later it's a quarter inch shorter than my other thumb. Moral of this story? Let your kids have pacifiers. And take them away while they're still young enough that you can!

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