To Pacify or Not To Pacify?
So my 6 month old is already drooling buckets, putting everything in his mouth and chomping his gums on anything and everything he comes across. He learned to self-soothe at an early age, meaning he’s a thumb sucker – big time! Some people think it’s wrong some people think it’s fine. I think it’s fine. The decision to pacify or not is like any other parenting decision, it should be left to the discretion of the parent. If my kid wants to suck his thumb, for now it’s fine. If he’s still doing it in a year from now then perhaps I’ll be more open to discussion, but then again probably not, try again when he’s 80. If other kids use pacifiers, that’s absolutely fine too. Some piglets like them, some don’t. Mine just doesn’t.
Since having a baby, I find these kinds of issues can become really contemptuous very quickly. While I think it’s important for parents to arm themselves with as much information as possible in order to make educated choices for our children, I find it completely unnecessary to judge each other. At the end of each day all we are trying to do is make the best decisions for our children. The best decisions being different ones for different kids, in a vast multitude of different circumstances. Meaning, what works for my kid might not work for your kids and vice versa. More importantly here, is that I would not push what works for me onto you. If you ask me what I do, I’m more than happy to share, but when all is said,done and researched it really is your own business what you decide to do.
Which brings me to what this post is going on about. I’ve had people make comments to me and offer unsolicited advice about my baby sucking his thumb. To which I simply decline from any comment and walk away in search of a happier place where all kids and moms can just be who they are and enjoy each moment as it comes.