Let’s be honest, a dependence on a pacifier isn’t limited to the child.
Unsurprisingly, many parents find that they may have more of a reluctance of moving towards a pacifier free life. Certainly, a child can develop a severe dependency to the pacifier, but so can the parent!
Don’t believe us? Let’s examine potential signs of parental pacifier addiction.
Do you find yourself saying, “But I only use it in the car, at naptime or bedtime.”
Okay. That may be true. But does that list of only expand to any of these moments?
my child is sick.
my child is scared.
guests are around.
other parents’ kids are more well behaved around my child.
my child gets a Boo-Boo
my child is fussy in the car.
my child is fussy at a restaurant.
my child is fussy at the mall.
I need to make a phone call.
I am ordering a tall mocha latte.
I am fixing my child a bottle.
my head is pounding.
I need a second to think.
my child looks bored.
I am bored.
You get the point. The pacifier might begin as a way to help your child in early infancy. As your infant moves into the toddler world, it might be difficult to give up for you, too!
That is where the idea for the Last Paci™ app came from. Last Paci was created by parents for parents that could use a helping hand!
The first documented use of a pacifier for an infant comes from 1000 B.C.. In other words, before Socrates was espousing great wisdom to the Athenians, mothers were giving their infants a pacifier.
Ancient Egyptians gave their infants pacifiers made of marble!
Eskimos used cut up pieces of whale blubber!’
In the 18th and 19th century, wealthy parents fitted their child with gold, silver, or abalone pacifiers. They also often adorned them with ribbons, bells and whistles!
By the early 20th century, some claimed pacifiers were only fit for the lower class and were too unsanitary for the elite. Many prototypes early on in that century also contained a bit of lead!
Simply put, pacifiers help to soothe an infant by allowing them to do the one skill they are born with – sucking.