How dummy affects the parent-child bonding process?
Women who participated in the research, looked at images of smiling babies with dummies and rated them as less happy than smiling babies without pacifiers. As a result, they were less likely to smile back at the children with soothers. When they looked at pictures of babies looking sad, women rated the sadness as less intense if the baby had a pacifier in its mouth.
These results are important because communication with parents allows babies to gain emotional understanding and develop mentally, said researchers at University of Wisconsin-Madison whose study is published in the journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology.
Furthermore, their findings raise the possibility that parents using dummies to calm a crying infant could harm the parent-child bonding process by obscuring the baby’s face, as Daily Mail reports. The researchers said that the findings mean that adults may find interacting with babies less enjoyable and less stimulating if a dummy is in use.