This post is about lessons learned. Specifically lessons learned around pacifiers. When our daughter Everly was a month or two old, we tried several pacifiers with her – all of which she spit out. She was constantly trying to comfort nurse and had a hard time self soothing and that, coupled with the studies that have shown they reduced the SIDS risk made me eager to find one she liked.
We eventually hit the jackpot with a version made by Weil Baby that I was sent for review on my blog. It was massive, took up half her face and made her look like a hockey goalie, but she happily took it from the start. It was a solid silicon piece with a large orthodontic nipple and we affectionately referred to it as the “Blue Whale” of pacifiers. All was well in paci land for many months until we needed to buy more – suddenly, every place I looked online and in stores was sold out. Desperate and down to one precious paci, I finally found a company that made an almost identical pacifier. Then they stopped making that one too (insert explicative here!) and it took me forever to find another all-silicone pacifier similar enough that she would take.
Everly is 17 months old now and the pacifier is her best friend. While we don’t let her walk around with it in her mouth all of the time, it does accompany her on every car ride, nap and bedtime. And trust me when I tell you that for the sake of your ear drums and your sanity, you better pray you don’t lose one. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait 3 to 5 agonizing days for another to arrive by mail.
We’re already deciding our exit strategy on the pacifier, as she’s quickly reaching an age where it’s time to say goodbye, but I did learn something from the experience. We recently decided to introduce a pacifier to Arlo for the SIDS risk reduction and to ease his reflux. When he spit out the first pacifier I tried, I went to another well known brand, and then another. I stuck only to ones that I knew I could easily find at my nearest drugstore. Eventually, we got lucky and he decided that the old reliable Nuk brand would work for him (insert angels singing!)
No longer will we be slaves to the world’s rarest pacifier! A hard learned lesson on our path through parenthood.