When The Nut was born I knew I was adamant about breastfeeding. I was terrified of “nipple confusion” leading me to run screaming from bottles and pacifiers in the first days. We ultimately did opt for a few bottles a week or so in, but kept the pacifiers at bay. After a month or so I began to notice some babies of similar age sleeping or sitting calmly with pacifiers. Breastfeeding was established and I was no longer at risk for nipple replacement surgery, so I decided to go for it.
We offered every make and model of “paci” for the next six months or so. The Nut would occasionally latch on for a few seconds, a minute at best. We were never able to reap the benefits of the ol “pop it in and shush,” or “Ooh, Baby. Don’t you want to sleep now? You can have your fooler!”
Fast forward more than a year. I go to an event and my swag bag contains lots of goodies including an infant pacifier. I added it to a pile of items to give to The Nut’s newborn cousin. The next day she noticed it asked to have it. I ignored the silly requests for a while, but finally opened the package to let her play with it.
Ummm… she popped it right into her mouth and there it stayed for the next TWO HOURS. It’s now been two weeks. She seems to be getting more and more attached, actually choosing to end her bedtime nursing in order to crawl into her crib with “my pashi.” She’s been sleeping an hour later than usual, napping almost twice as long. We’re keeping it contained to the crib, but seriously, what are we doing here???
And here I sit, bewildered and asking, can my almost two year old really be adopting this habit. NOW? And do I fret or laugh?