If you’ve had a baby or have been near a baby, you know that one of their earliest and strongest instincts is to suck. It’s how they survive, how they sustain themselves when they’re only capable of digesting liquids, and it doesn’t seem to matter to them whether they’re getting food out of the other end or not (unless they’re actually hungry, of course).
Enter the pacifier (or, as they say in England, the dummy). It’s a blessing until it’s not – namely, when your little angel is sleeping oh-so-peacefully…and then they lose their paci. Then it’s the endless game of: lose paci – cry – mommy finds paci – sleep – repeat.
If this sounds familiar (or it has driven you mad in the past), then this British mom has an idea that totally solved her sleepless nights.
She told PopSugar how she got the idea of putting her 11-month-old daughter Amelia to sleep with about 10 pacifiers with her in the crib:
“She…lost one down the side of the cot, so over the next few nights just put more in there. Ninety-nine percent of the time she just wanted her dummy to soothe her back to sleep… When she had lots in there she was quite calm, falling asleep with them in her hands, too. She isn’t a total dummy-fiend and doesn’t even have them through the day really, but it really soothes her having them through the night, and having more in there makes it easy for her to find one and hold one (or two). Just made sense that if that was all she wanted to make it easier for her to get them without getting herself stressed when she couldn’t. Happy baby, happy mummy!”
True enough! And worth a shot, I say!