Our kid was never really a pacifier guy. After 3 or 4 months he was ready to bypass the “binky” and went straight to holding a bottle with ease. So the news study publish that Prolonged Use of Pacifier Linked to Speech Problems made me fell a little better that we didn’t have to get him to break that particular habit.
According to researchers, “children who used a pacifier or sucked their fingers for more than three years were three times as likely as other kids to develop speech impediments.” The info isn’t set in concrete though, researchers noted, that the study doesn’t prove that there’s a direct cause-and-effect relationship between the use of pacifiers and bottles and speech impediments, just that the kids seemed more likely to have those problems. the . (See full article here)
Right now we’re trying to get Lil Dom start giving up the bottle. We noticed that he’s mostly just packing it around as extra un-needed luggage right now. So before we have to throw a “Bye-bye to the Bottle Party” when he’s 2-years old and make him give it up Cold Turkey, we’ve decided to give ourselves enough time to get him to give it up gradually.
Things are going pretty well so far and he doesn’t even seem to notice it’s missing during the day as he’s roaming around climbing on things and being Mr. Fearless. And at least now when he dives off something he isn’t compounding the problem by doing it with that silly bottle in his mouth.