We have 4 pacifiers. All constantly used. Daily.
No, not because he loses them – he has the clip thingy that attaches the pacifier to his clothes.
We need 4 cause he spits the pacifier out in the middle of the night, grabs it in his sweaty little fist and throws it out the crib’s rails. ALWAYS at the back end of a crib. BANG!
And then he starts crying, cause he wants his pacifier.
And then a zombie-like parent has to get up, sleep-walk into his bedroom, spread on the floor as flat as you can so that not only your arm, but even your shoulder can squeeze underneath the rail.
Only to realize the pacifier is still too far to reach and there’s no way to get there but a) move the crib or b) use some long object to get to it.
All in the middle of the night.
So now we keep a stash of pacifiers by his crib and instead of fishing for the discarded one, we get him a new pacifier. And here’s what we often get in the morning.
BTW, can you see there are FOUR pacifiers in this pic? There’s a transparent one between the blue ones? Whoever thought it clever to design a transparent paci, is… well, I don’t like name-calling. But finding a transparent paci is tough even if it’s not the middle of the night.
PS We don’t keep the clip thingy for the night, even though it seems like a good solution to prevent the behind-the-rail fall. The reason is that when he tosses and turns, the string catches onto something, pulling the paci out of his mouth. So he ends up without it much more often, and even if it doesn’t fall onto the floor, we are not interested in frequent wakings…