Don't cut holes in a pacifier. Some parents try this to make binkies less appealing to kids, but it can create a choking hazard.
Do unplug to talk. If your child wants to say something to you, tell him he has to take his pacifier out of his mouth first.
Don't cave. If you break down and give your toddler her pacifier after an epic-length tantrum, she'll think that acting up is her ticket to getting it.
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