Pacifier at 5 No Suri Thing
Getting rid of the binky has become a mission impossible for Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. Daughter Suri was recently photographed with a pacifier in her mouth despite the fact she's turning 5 next month. According to Babyscoop, most experts recommend that parents bypass the binky by 12 months. That means the Cruises are about four years late for breaking Suri of the bad habit. This isn't the first time Holmes has been under fire for her parenting practices. She was the target of criticism after Suri was photographed wearing high heels. And then there was the controversy stemming from Suri carrying a $1,750 Dolce and Gabbana bag. It appears that the couple need to find more age-appropriate antics for their child, especially if she's going to be in the limelight. Pedriatrician Dr. Ari Brown told HollyBaby.com that having a pacifier at 5 is a bit problematic, "Babies are born with very few strategies to soothe themselves, sucking being one of them. But once a baby is 4-6 months of age, they begin to have other strategies to calm and self regulate. That's when I recommend removing the pacifier. After that it becomes a crutch." It can also become an issue when it comes to the development of Suri's teeth. Of course, they can afford braces made of diamonds, so it's all relative.