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Fingers Make Good Pacifiers

Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me? Fingers Are Good Pacifiers

When my babe was a newborn and needed an evening nap, I often nursed her in a daze on the couch.

Eager for us both to catch a bit of sleep, I would nuzzle up and pray for her eyes to close.

To learn my soothing trick,

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But, as many moms know, newborns have a sucking reflex that sometimes can't be satiated. And when they are brand spankin' new, you can't expect them to suck their itty bitty thumbs or keep a pacifier lodged. I quickly learned the magic of a clean and well manicured mama pinky finger.

When the going got tough, I slipped my smallest finger tip into my baby girl's mouth and watched her drift to sleep. It also gave me the opportunity to catch up on rest.

*Make sure your fingers are squeaky clean and nails are trimmed so you don't cut the baby's mouth.

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jennifer76 jennifer76 8 years
I was a bigger fan of the knuckle, as well. The thought of what hangs out unseen under fingernails skeeves me out a little. But, a natural pacifier - whatever you choose to go with - is a great idea!
lasweetee lasweetee 8 years
a knuckle works just as well. I have three children and they were/are breast-fed babies. Once they figured out there was no milk coming out, they started getting frustrated.. but it sure worked for the first few months!
stina829 stina829 8 years
Yup, I did the same thing! It worked great until he was able to figure out how to keep the pacifier in his mouth.
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