Maybe it’s a daddy thing but there’s something I find adorable about an adult baby with a pacifier. Now, I know not all little guys want to have a binky in their mouth, but I can’t help feeling a special warm feeling when I see a boy with his soother.
Now, I was going to say that pacifiers and thumb sucking go hand-in-hand, but there’s some bad pun in there somewhere so I’ll just say that the two seem connected.
I’ve noticed that a baby boy will often stick his thumb in his mouth especially during specific baby moments – diaper changes, just after he’s wet or messed his diaper, or after getting changed into a cute pair of shortalls or play suit.
Pacifiers, however, I put in a slightly different category – they’re more like his blanky or plushie – something that he seems to like to have close at hand.
A misplaced paci can cause momentary fear or panic even, so a wise daddy will often pin it to his shirt or onesie with an attached ribbon.
I recently bought a onesie with a little loop sewn into the shoulder for the very purpose of having a place to attach a pacifier!
And like a favorite stuffed toy or a well worn baby blanket, a pacifier can say a lot about a little guy’s personality. Maybe it has his favorite cartoon character on it, or maybe it’s more babyish in a pale blue color.
In fact, choosing a paci for an adult baby son can be an incredible bonding experience between a dad and his baby boy or toddler. Whether finding one at the store or online, a paci is a way for a boy to communicate his personality.
Watching as he reaches out to point at a particular pacifier is like a little way of saying “this is the little boy I feel like”…..”oh, and this one too”….”oh, and this one in the mornings….”
In other words, you might want to have a few pacis on hand and, in the end, let daddy decide, otherwise you’re headed home with a trunk load of pacis and you’ll be wondering how one little guy will ever use them all.
But if you’re a little guy – paci or no paci? And if you have a favorite one, why is it so special to you?