Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Things I Didn't Know - #1

While I could probably fill an ocean with the number of things I don't know, this category will feature baby-related tips I didn't know until Project Blueberry began.

Tip # 1 - throw away pacifiers after age 6 months and do not introduce them until age 1 month (or until breastfeeding is well-established. (Source: Baby Bargains 2012). Pacifiers apparently reduce the risk of SIDS from 1 month to 6 months, but after age 1 can lead to dental issues. I'm a little unclear on the period between 6 months and 1 year, and in fact that American Academy of Pediatrics, as reported by the Mayo Clinic, recommends use until age 1. However, Baby Bargains indicates that pacifier use can also interfere with a baby's ability to self sooth. My thinking is that I don't want to have to pick up the darn thing whenever the Blueberry throws it so we'll do our best not to become reliant upon them. Oh, and we'll invest in a Pooh binky clip or a Buddy Bear.

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