: Pacifier Fun Facts!
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.