Us Weekly asked us to weigh in about Kate Hudson‘s son Ryder Robinson‘s pacifier habit for their January 1, 2007 issue. While we personally have no beef against kids who are addicted to their paci’s, we let them know about what doctors say. Click Read More to see exactly what we told them.
Ryder Robinson is almost always seen with a pacifier plugged in his mouth (his brand of choice is the Gerber Nuk Orthodontic) and Celebrity Baby Blog readers always comment on it. They are definitely divided about it. Many feel he’s way too old to be using one while others are say their own children used pacifiers for a long time without a problem. It’s definitely unusual for a celebrity kid of his age to have a pacifier. By letting him keep sucking on that pacifier, mom Kate Hudson may be perceived as overly permissive but in general, they are more disturbed about her letting his hair grow so long (though she did –just- cut it to a cute bob), thinking that he looked like a girl.
Just like Kate decided to cut Ryder’s hair, she might want to think about weaning him from the pacifier. The older he gets, the more it will bother people, but more importantly there is definitely reason for concern. According to Dr. Sears, pacifier use can cause damage to teeth of 2-3 year olds when intense sucking causes upper front teeth to protrude and other tooth alignment issues. It can also cause issues with speech delays (because they are not experimenting with sounds) and may lead to increased ear infections. But for all we know, maybe she has a plan in place. Maybe she only lets him have it when they’re not home (and the photos we see are obviously not at home)? Maybe she’s working to wean him. Another thing to consider – Since a pacifier is a soothing object, maybe she felt guilty taking it away from him because of her split with Chris.
Things Kate can do to wean Ryder off his pacifier include distracting him with other things when he wants the pacifier, letting him trade the pacifier for something he really wants, or make the pacifier hard to find by "losing it" or hiding it. Other popular solutions include "gifting" the pacis to a younger sibling or friend’s baby, leaving them for the "paci fairy," or discussing the situation with an older toddler and choosing a specific night to end paci use.
What did you and your children do to finish up their time with the paci?