Okay, so why did I not know that pacifiers create a love/hate relationship !? When we met our daughter, she was a finger-sucker, literally sucking her fingers day and night. It was very adorable, and used for self-soothing during stressful times (no doubt), but we had two problems - when the fingers fell out, she'd wake and cry AND we were worried that fingers in the mouth all day might mean further developmental delays. So we switched to a pacifier, and she and it became fast friends...inseparable...except...
Well, guess what?! Paci's fall out of the mouth TOO, like every hour y'all...and hence, the baby cries. And in our case, we become slaves to the pacifier. And by some mystery, baby also forgets to use the fingers as her sucking "back up". How could 3 weeks with a binkie totally erase the memory of 6 months of fingersucking? I don't know, but it did! And to solidify the relationship even more between she and it, it's also become her teething pal. She chomps on it like some bored teenager smacking a wad of chewing gum.
So...here we are...joining the binkie-users club. So I worry about BPA (unsafe material in plastics) in the pacifiers. Luckily, I found this info at Safe Mama.
Playtex “Binky” (one piece silicone pacifier)
Gerber Silicone NUKs (All Gerber pacis are free of polycarbonate plastic)
The First Years Soothies Silicone Paci’s
Vice Versa Binky w/ Case
Natural Rubber Natursutten Paci
Sassy Jelly Fish Teethers
Sassy Coolin’ Teether
Sassy Chilly Dilly Daisy
Luv n’ Care Icy Bite Teether
Nuby Jiggle Giggle Teethers (cow and butterfly)
Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys on a Ring
Nuby Bug-A-Loop Teether
Je Je Vibrating Teether (rubber)
Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
Vulli Chan Pie Gnon Teethers
Comfort + Joy Teether (coming soon)
Leapfrog Gentle Vibes teether
Sassy Buzz n’ Bites teether
**Please note that this is not a comprehensive list. There may be other makers of BPA-Free teethers and pacis.