Helping the Tiniest Patients Cope: Preemie Pacifier


The preemie babies are some of the most critical and the tiniest of patients to take care of. It can be very difficult to provide comfort and support to them with these large tubes and wires connected to their little bodies.

Babies can be soothed through suckling, whether it’s a pacifier, breast, bottle or finger. It brings a sense of comfort to them in a world that can be overstimulating and unpredictable.

So how can we help preemie’s soothe with a pacifier when they have feeding or breathing tubes inside their mouth?

Harriet Miller a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies, has created an adaptive pacifier to help soothe these preemies.

This pacifier is being used in many NICU settings around the country, but they want to make them accessible to patients in all settings, such as in clinics, emergency departments or during a medical transport. They have a petition written to the American Academy of Neonatal Nursing to get this implemented and they need your help. Click here to sign the petition in support of this amazing tool to help our preemies everywhere.

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Binky Fail



I just tried to take the binky away from my nearly 2 1/2 year-old.


He is a pacifier lover at bed time, as it soothes him right to sleep. I have been planning on getting rid of them for a while now, but needed to wait until the right time in our chaotic schedules.

I decided that nap time would be a good start for today, so I took them all away (7 or so) and told him that they will go to the baby next door. He agreed until I shut his bedroom door.

Ugh! I caved after several minutes and just gave him one.

He passed right out.

This afternoon he told our neighbor that he would give his binkies to their granddaughter. She was delighted and praised him.

As bedtime approached he placed the binky in a ziplock bag and placed it in the neighbors’s mailbox. Then said, “bye, bye.”

We headed home and he knew he had me.

Every time I tried to leave his room, he screamed for the binky. I caved in after an hour and a half of fulfilling every other request, water, potty, singing, rocking, more stuffed animals, saying good night to the dog, everything!

I ran next door and got the binky.

He shoved it his mouth, turned off his bedroom light and told me night, night.


Looks like this will be a big challenge for us. I plan on incorporating it into stories and during play, hopefully he will work through the future separation.

Thoughts or suggestions?