Monday, March 22, 2010

Bye Bye Binky!

Tonight was the first night that Charlotte fell alseep without a binky!! She has only been using it for sleep for a while now.

According to Mayo: "The decision to use a pacifier — or not — is up to you. Let go of any guilt or pressure as you learn what works best for your baby." and "Most kids stop using pacifiers on their own between ages 2 and 4." Now, she did ask for her pacifier and did put up a small fight but nothing much really. (Please note this is linked to a two page article and I only used two sentances, please read the entire article if you have questions becuase I have no clue)

Did you know? According to Wiki:

A pacifier was also known as a 'dummy' in English speaking countries outside North America and Ireland - where it is known as both a dummy and also a soother. Early pacifiers were manufactured with a choice of black, maroon or white rubber, though the white rubber of the day contained a certain amount of lead. Binky (with a y) was first used as a brand name for pacifiers and other baby products in about 1935 and is currently owned by Playtex Products, Inc. as a trademark in the U.S. (and a number of other countries)

There is a long history of parents giving their children items to suck on in order to comfort them. In the 1800s, the expression "born with a silver spoon in his mouth" could be taken almost literally: silver soothers/teethers were often given to babies born to wealth. Other expensive materials were also used, with mother-of-pearl or coral being thought to ward off sickness. Coral was believed to guard against all kinds of evil, and in England in the 17th–19th centuries, a coral meant a teething toy made of coral, ivory or bone, often mounted in silver as the handle of a rattle.

In 1909 someone calling herself "Auntie Pacifier" wrote to the New York Times to warn of the "menace to health" (she meant dental health) of "the persistent, and, among poorer classes, the universal sucking of a rubber nipple sold as a 'pacifier'." In England too, dummies were seen as something the "poorer classes" would use, and associated with poor hygiene.

It wasn’t until the late 1970s that researchers were able to dispel the notion that pacifiers were psychologically unhealthy and aberrant.

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