Many babies and toddlers will naturally suck on their thumbs or fingers as a way to self-soothe when they are tired or hungry. Dummies, or ‘pacifiers’, are an alternative for self-soothing and come in a variety of synthetic materials and shapes.
A generation ago, both dummies and thumb sucking were frowned upon and discouraged. Mothers were told that dummies were a sign of lazy parenting and would harm their children’s teeth.
Today we want our children to be able to settle easily, but is a dummy or thumb sucking a concern?