When Levi was only a few months old, I had a lot of tension on if we should offer him a pacifier. Early on I had the conviction that he didn’t really need one. It seemed strange to me to shove a piece of plastic in his mouth so repeatedly that he’d one day need it so that later I’d have to break him of this. He would never know they even existed if I never introduced him to them in the first place - so I didn’t.
There were times it seemed like this was an unwise decision. Friends would listen to him crying and watch my soothing efforts and ask why I didn’t just give him a pacie. We aren’t using those I tried to explain. They must of thought I was crazy.
But over time, Levi learned to sooth himself without one, most times by simply sucking his fingers. This is really convenient for me as I don’t have to keep up with a pacie, keep it clean, or repeatedly give it to him.
Turns out pacifiers are optional, not essential for raising babies. Have you ever considered not using one?