Even though parents have depended upon pacifiers for years to keep their babies happy, there is actually much more health benefits of pacifiers then just a happy baby and happy parent.
Helps babies to learn how to self-soothe. Pacifiers help babies better control their feelings by providing them with security and relaxation.
Satisfies the baby's suck reflex. Instinct at birth teaches a baby that they need to suck. Though the baby will surely have this need met by breastfeeding or bottle feeding, the desire can still be strong and can be satisfied through a pacifier.
Reduces Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Believe it or not but pacifiers actually save lives by lowering the risk of SIDS. When pacifiers are used as babies are sleeping, it actually can prevent a condition called sudden infant death syndrome. While this phenomenon baffles doctors, the results are clear - pacifiers prevent this condition by more then 50%.