Admission in the making: I continue to lose pacifiers around my house and it is driving me insane! The reason being is that my youngest little princess, five month old Mila Rose, can't quite use her Paci-Plushies very well yet.Newborn Mila with Paci-Plushies Buddies Peachies the Puppy She has the most wild tongue thrust reflex that I have ever seen in a baby. I've acquired quite a bit of information about this nasty tongue thrust problem lately, mainly because it hasn't gone away as expected by five months old and I am living in Russia at the moment for my husbands career with the KHL hockey club SKA (Go SKA Go!). It's not very easy trying to communicate with the Russian speaking pediatrician so I've had to become the investigator myself.
   This tongue thrust, also known as "extrusion reflex", it is a natural reflex which aids baby in breast feeding and bottle feeding because whenever the lips are touched, the tongue automatically moves forward to latch onto the bottle or breast. All babies are born with this natural reflex for survival, however, the reflex begins to fade by three or four months in most infants, allowing introduction to solid foods.
I am a mother of four. My oldest will be ten in March, then I have a 7 year old, a 15 month old and my little Mila. The three older children never had a problem with keeping a pacifier in their mouth or with sloppy feeding (I also use an ingenious, mom invented product called a Le Bibble Baby Bottle Bib for all of the milk Dribble).
I invented Paci-Plushies when my 7 year old was a newborn, and he took to the Paci-Plushie from week four or five. My one year old had extremely wild hands as an infant and couldn't use his Paci-Plushie on a regular basis until around five or six months old without knocking the pacifier out of his mouth, but now he is addicted and they are a lifesaver for me and him! His favorite at the moment is Milo The Monkey Paci-Plushies Lovies (our larger, yet incredibly light weight Toddler version).
But back to little Miss Mila, or Peachie as I like to call her. She has another minor problem… the only pacifier Mila will use for any length of time and on a regular basis is the dreaded Soothie pacifier, you know the pacifiers that they give newborns in the hospital. I wanted to cry when the nurse gave this pacifier to her before I was able to introduce a normal pacifier! First of all, this pacifier is not even sold in Russia so I can't find replacements if I really lose the few that we have. The Soothie is made out of silicone which collects animal fur (and we are huge animal lovers in our household), creating a constant cycle of me chasing the pacifier which bounces faster and further than a bouncy ball thrown with full force by a five year old! I feel like I'm sprinting after the pacifier before it disappears forever, and then sprinting to the sink to sanitize the pacifier and remove any fur that it may have collected during it's roll around the house.
I've been trying like a crazy woman to get Mila to make the permanent switch to Avent or MAM pacifiers, I even tried Dr. Browns and a few other European brands along with my own Nookums Brand (which she isn't too fond of because of the slanted, NUK type nipple shape). She will use all of these brands for short periods of time, but her favorite pacifier really is the Soothie.  For now, the easiest way to keep track of the pacifier when using the Soothie brand is by attaching one of our Paci-Plushies Blankies, which she tends to hug and in turn keeps the pacifier from rolling far, far away! My only hope is that her tongue thrust reflex starts to fade soon so she can use other pacifiers easier, and more importantly, begin to eat some solid foods!
Paci-Plushies Blankies with Soothie Pacifier