When my kids were babies, they never liked pacifiers. This wasn't a huge problem, because I never had to deal with weaning them from the pacifier habit. I never understood, though, why they disliked them so much.
Fifteen years later, I have my answer.
My teenaged daughter is going out trick-or-treating as a baby. She has a flannel onesie and a pacifier that she will wear on a ribbon around her neck. The other day, while I was helping her with her homework, she put the pacifier in her mouth and quickly spit it out. Obviously, she still had a strong distaste for it.
"You don't like pacifiers?" I asked.
She shook her head and made a face. "They're disgusting. They're soft and rubbery, and they taste like chemicals."
Mystery solved. My big baby used her words to inform us that pacifiers have a terrible texture and taste bad. Makes me wonder why most babies like them so much.
Well, it was a good thing she thought they were disgusting. Who wants to suck on chemical rubber?ReplyDelete
My kids never really liked them either!ReplyDelete
it still beats sucking on your thumbReplyDelete
My kids never sucked their thumbs, either.Delete
I bet they would have a chemical taste to them. I can see why babies want to chew on something--like teething rings--but pacifiers are kinda icky. What's worse is when one drops on the floor and the parent sticks it in his/her mouth and gives it back to the baby. So many germs!ReplyDelete
That's really gross!Delete
Hey, if they like them and they work--better than toddlers who try to pull Mom's top off--LOL! ;)ReplyDelete
That is interesting... Neither one of my girls liked pacifiers either... they were both smart too xoxReplyDelete
I wonder if there' s something to being smart and not liking pacifiers.Delete
My son always spit out his pacifier. He still does (ha!). I never bothered to give a pacifier to my daughter.ReplyDelete
Smart boy. Smart mom!Delete
No sense in ingesting chemical rubber, smart they wereReplyDelete
Hi, dear Sherry! I have many pictures of myself as a baby but not a single one in which I am sucking on a pacifier. When I was in my 30s, 40s and 50s - yes - but not when I was a baby. :)ReplyDelete
Seems to me they'd be making pacifiers in a variety of fruit flavors by now like every other product on the market - Q-tips, bowling balls... :)
Happy Halloween, dear friend Sherry!
Maybe that would make it a little harder to get some kids to kick the pacifier habit.Delete
Hope you had a great Halloween!
I have no idea if I ever liked pacifiers as a baby, but they sound disgusting, for sure!ReplyDelete
I didn't like pacifiers, either.Delete
I don't think I ever liked them either!ReplyDelete
You were a smart baby!Delete
Interesting that she still hates them. My niece and nephews loved theirs.ReplyDelete
They must not be "tasters."Delete
I can understand not liking the chemical taste. I know lots of kids love theirs. Glad you solved the mystery after so many years. :)ReplyDelete
It was interesting to hear her reason.Delete
Now that you mention, I've never tried sucking on one. Hahaha! Happy Halloween, babe! xoxoReplyDelete
I don't suggest you start. ;0)Delete
I can't recall using pacifiers. I don't like the idea of chewing on rubber or plastic.ReplyDelete
It seems pretty disgusting!Delete
I used to baby sit for three children, the eldest of whom still had a dummy aged 5. His parents tried everything to get him and his brothers (then 4 and 2 1/2) off them with no success until one Christmas they told them they were collecting the dummies for orphaned reindeer. Result.ReplyDelete
Glad that worked!Delete