To Soother or not to soother?? This really is the question!

This has been an ongoing debate between many parents… for many years!

As a parent you try to do the “right thing” for your children but sometimes its hard to know what the “right thing” really is… Right?

What is the right answer? Soother or no soother?

First lets look at the basics…

What is a Soother?

This is the answer from Wikipedia:

A pacifier (American English), dummy (United Kingdom, other Commonwealth countries and Ireland), binky, or soother (Canadian English) is a rubber, plastic, or silicone nipple given to an infant or other young child to suck upon. In its standard appearance it has a teat, mouth shield, and handle. The mouth shield and/or the handle is large enough to avoid the danger of the child choking on it or swallowing it.

In simple terms… A soother is given to a child to suck on,  this can calm or soothe them. Making the world of parenting a little easier!

The history of the Soother…

Soothers have been around for more then 500 years, although during that time they have come in many different forms. In England, between the 17th and 19th century they were made out of coral, ivory or bone. A much softer form was used in America well into the 19th century. They would use a scoop of sugar or sometimes a small chunk meat in a piece of linen and securely knot it, then dip it in some brandy…

The modern pacifier is a direct descendant from teething rings made of rubber in England during the 19th century.

Soothers were banned and denounced in 1909 and again in 1926 being deemed insanitary and dangerous.. During this time Freud also had his input that they were an example of infant sexuality and that they produced a negative moral development…

However in 1935 soothers came back being called a “Binky” which is a registered trademark of the Playtex Corporation.

Now for the debate… Soother or No Soother?

Soother Pros Argument

  • Some babies really enjoy them! When sucking on a soother they can become calm and a fall back to sleep easier.
  • Soothers can be a great distraction for your littles, this can give you time to finish what you are doing or make a bottle.
  • Soothers can also distract during those dreaded immunization shots or in moments you know they need some extra comfort.
  • Research has link the use of a soother with a decrease in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Soothers are an easier habit to break then thumb-sucking.

Soother Cons Argument

  • Starting too early with a soother can interfere with the ability to breastfeed. It is recommended to wait a month before giving a soother.
  • You may be woken in the night due to the soother falling out and them not being able to find it. (defiantly can relate to this one! Try a glow in the dark soother, Amazing!)
  • Using a soother may increase the risk of ear infection. Keep in mind that in the first 6 months SIDS is highest in the first 6 months when ear infection risk is the lowest…

As a parent we have used soothers with our two older boys however my youngest has decided he prefers his thumb!

Please let us know you opinion on this and if you did or didn’t use a soother with your child.


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