With my three prior kids (now *all* adults) we used pacifiers...and the grandparents and daycare centers I think used them to the extreme. My plan back then was to only allow them to use them as babies, more or less as an aide to myself at bedtime. I invested in the ones that were supposed to be "dental" safe....each and every kid had/has dental problems (and mouth-roof problems). Whether or not I can contribute them to the pacifiers or not, I don't know...I just remember all the mommies and strangers offering the advice that I shouldn't be using pacifiers because of future dental and mouth development problems.
It was also hard to ween a couple of them off.
So...this time around, I'm not going to have to worry about grandparents overriding parenting decisions, nor will I have day care center's to contend with...
It's been 20 years since I've had to educate myself on the pros/cons of pacifiers...and I'm not sure if they are worth getting in the first place. I'm not against them (particularly when I think of how they can be calming for the child without associating food w/ comfort suckling).
What have been your thoughts for your little one on the way?