How to make your baby accept a pacifier

Welcoming a new member into your family is an extraordinary experience filled with love and joy. As you navigate the early stages of parenthood, you may be considering introducing a pacifier to bring added comfort to your little one.

Midwife Nadja Christensen shares her expert advice on how to make this transition smoother for both you and your baby.

Step 1: Gentle placement on the lower lip

Begin by placing the pacifier gently on your baby's lower lip.

Step 2: Patience is key

Wait until your baby naturally opens their mouth, a sign that they are ready for the next step. This ensures a more receptive response from your little one. Never force the pacifier into the mouth.

Step 3: Slow and steady insertion

Once your baby's mouth is open, carefully push the pacifier in at a slight angle toward the palate. The goal is to stimulate the natural sucking reflex, making it a comfortable and familiar experience for your baby.

Step 4: Maintain the pacifier position

Hold the pacifier in place until your baby begins to suck on it. This may take a moment, so be prepared to exercise patience. Once your baby is actively sucking, you can confidently let go of the pacifier.

Bonus Tip: Stimulate the sucking reflex

In some instances, it might be helpful to encourage your baby's sucking reflex to keep the pacifier in their mouth. Gradually push the pacifier upwards towards the palate, gently stimulating the sucking motion. This can be particularly useful if your baby seems unsure or if they momentarily lose interest in the pacifier.