Monday, October 18, 2010

The problem with pacifiers

I've always thought that we humans are a pretty inventive people. I am always amazed when I pick up a Skymall magazine and see all the crazy gadgets they have in there. It makes me want to yell, "yes, YES... I NEED THAT!"

And not just in the magazine either. There are so many great inventions or innovations that people have come up with. For example:

Your bum gets cold while driving? Built in seat warmers!

Public bathrooms are a dirty, nasty place? Self-flushing toilets!

You want to travel to far off places and not spend hundreds of days on a boat developing both scurvy and rickets? Air travel!


Are you cold and lack the ability/intelligence to use a blanket? The Snuggie!

You see? All these wonderful inventions because someone saw a need and decided to do something about it. So why, for the love of sleeping babies, can't someone invent something to keep a pacifier in a baby's mouth?

Because it is so completely craptastic when that baby is waking up crying every 10 minutes due to the fact that the pacifier has fallen out of his mouth. And short of lying on the edge of my bed, with one hand draped over the bassinet forcibly keeping the pacifier in his mouth, I have run out of ideas. Well, there is duct tape... but I haven't resorted to that. Mostly because I don't have any in the house.


Seriously though, we can blast people into outer space, land them on the moon, and bring them back to earth again, but we can't find a way to fix the pacifier problem?

NASA, are you listening? Bill Gates, Steve Jobs... anybody?

How about you, Snuggie guy?

9 comments:

David and April Vinson said...

Actually, Joanne, someone did... see link http://www.pacipartner.com/ It ended up not working so well for our little guy, but if you want to try it after we unpack from our move, you certainly can give it a whirl! :)

Janice said...

Haha, I was going to suggest duct tape, but it seems that thought has already crossed your mind;) It'll get better, girl, and you will soon LOVE that pacifier...that is, until you decide he's too big for it and take it away. We haven't crossed that bridge yet and I'm not looking forward to it...

Joanne said...

@ April - Okay, I HAD to laugh at the paci partner... I have never seen anything like that before! How come it didn't work?

@ Janice - But when do they figure out how to keep it in??? Elise never took one, and I'm not a huge fan of pacifiers anyway, but it seems to work for Mattias.

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

at this point if i can sleep standing up w/the circulation cut off on my arm then so be it. lily is a horrible sleeper and never ever ever took a pacifier and i tried to force it. this baby boy when he comes out will take it...do you hear me reid? if i have to stand over his crib all night and keep it in myself...by golly the child will sleep!

(ok sorry do i sound sleep deprived?)

David and April Vinson said...

@ Joanne- He would move just enough to get it unlodged from his little mouth... with the kid of paci he had (the kind they give you at the hospital), it didn't take much...

Jade =) said...

We had to always baby-burrito Preston to get him to sleep in the first place 'cause his hands were always flying around and waking him up, when we bundled him up we were able to kind of wedge the paci in there and it stayed ok. Thankfully Callen hasn't taken to it and I couldn't even tell you where the few we had are now. Hope you find something to help him, so you can sleep!

emily said...

The part about hanging over the edge of the bed, holding the pacifier in his mouth....that is exactly what I did for Nate. And i was usually sleeping while I did it. Not that he knew it!! ha

Meri said...

I have a love hate relationship with pacifiers.

Couldn't you attach a elastic band and keep it on him like a halloween mask? I'm sure there is something dangerous about that...but I'm a mom...I want to solve the problem!

phonelady said...

okay it is official I just peed my pants at this I was laughing so hard .You are too funny . : ) !!!