It’s recommended to wait until your baby is at least four weeks old before using dummies, or preferably wait up to six or eight weeks. This is because in the first few weeks of life your baby is learning to breastfeed or take milk from the bottle.
Can you give a newborn a dummy?
Using a dummy when putting your baby down to sleep might reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). If you choose to use a dummy, it is recommended that you consider offering it once breastfeeding has been established, typically when your baby is about one month old.
Can I give my 4 day old baby a pacifier?
Pacifiers are safe for your newborn. When you give them one depends on you and your baby. You might prefer to have them practically come out of the womb with a pacifier and do just fine. Or it may be better to wait a few weeks, if they’re having trouble latching onto your breast.
Can a newborn sleep with a dummy NHS?
It’s possible using a dummy at the start of a sleep also reduces the risk of SIDS. But the evidence is not strong and not all experts agree that dummies should be promoted. If you do use a dummy, do not start until breastfeeding is well established. This is usually when your baby is around 1 month old.
How do you introduce a dummy to a newborn?
Introduce gradually – Slowly and gently offer your baby the dummy. You can tickle their lips gently with the nipple until they open their mouth to explore the teat. Never try to force it into their mouth.