How do I keep my baby’s pacifier in his mouth while sleeping?

Answered by John Hunt

When it comes to keeping your baby’s pacifier in his mouth while sleeping, there are a few things you can try. One option is to consider trying a different shape of pacifier that your baby may be able to hold onto more securely. Every baby is different, so what works for one may not work for another. Experimenting with different shapes and brands may help you find one that your baby can hold onto more effectively.

Another technique you can try is gently pulling the pacifier out of your baby’s mouth just a bit when you offer it to them. By doing this, you can encourage your baby to suck the pacifier into their mouth more intentionally, which may make it less likely to fall out. This slight resistance can also help your baby develop their sucking reflex and improve their ability to keep the pacifier in their mouth.

In addition to these techniques, there are a few other tips you can try to help keep the pacifier in your baby’s mouth while they sleep. One suggestion is to make sure that the pacifier is properly positioned in your baby’s mouth. Ensure that the pacifier is resting against the roof of their mouth, with the nipple facing upwards. This can help create a suction that keeps the pacifier in place.

Another idea is to use a pacifier clip or holder to attach the pacifier to your baby’s clothing or bedding. This can help prevent the pacifier from falling onto the floor or getting lost in the bed while your baby is sleeping. Be sure to choose a clip or holder that is safe and secure, with no small parts that could pose a choking hazard.

Some babies may also find comfort in using a lovey or soft toy while they sleep. You can try introducing a small, safe lovey or toy that your baby can hold onto while using the pacifier. This combination of comfort items may help your baby feel more secure and reduce the likelihood of the pacifier falling out.

It’s important to keep in mind that every baby is different, and what works for one may not work for another. It may take some trial and error to find the best solution for your baby. Be patient and keep experimenting until you find a method that works for you and your little one.

Remember, pacifiers can be a helpful tool for soothing and comforting your baby, but it’s also important to monitor their use and follow safe guidelines. It’s recommended to wean your baby off pacifier use by around 6 months of age to avoid potential dental issues in the future.

I hope these tips and suggestions help you keep your baby’s pacifier in his mouth while sleeping. Good luck!