Straight out of the gate, children are unable to soothe themselves. Hence, pacifiers were invented and aptly named. Some parents choose not to give their babies the artificial nipple and hope they will discover their thumb soon enough. Like many moms, I chose to give my son a pacifier until he could find his appendage on his own. At four months old, we struck gold, and the lil guy has a near-permanent fascination with his thumb in his mouth.

What did your tot prefer?