Pacifiers are a hot button topic in the parenting world. Some moms won’t leave the house without at least 10 binkies in their purse. Others — including Nicky Hilton — avoid them at all costs.
Hilton told Us Weekly on Tuesday, April 17, she’s “thrilled” that her daughters Lily, 21 months, and Teddy, 4 months, don’t use the controversial soothers. “I see two and three-year-olds walking around with pacifiers,” she shared at The Colleagues and Oscar de Le Renta’s luncheon in Beverly Hills. “I was really strict about it and neither of them like pacifiers.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the use of pacifiers throughout a child’s first year, as they may offer some protection against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. But beyond that, “there aren’t any good reasons to have it,” nationally acclaimed pediatrician Dr. Ari Brown previously told Us.
According to Dr. Brown, pacifiers can potentially interfere with language development. “Some speech experts feel that binkie addicted kids do not experiment as much with sounds and putting sounds together to make words,” she explained. “And toddlers start to speak at age 1.”
While pacifiers are banned from Hilton’s home — her girls’ nurseries are filled with odds and ends from D. Porthhault, a French luxury brand famed for their linens. It’s where the designer goes for all her baby shower gifts. Her go-to presents include a D. Porthhault dress, picture frame or book.
All the baby talk made Hilton long for her kids, who were back in NYC with her husband, James Rothschild. “I miss them,” Hilton admitted to Us. “I’ve been FaceTiming a lot.”
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