My answer is that a small, carefully chosen item is permissible right from the start! We aren't talking about a big panda bear or even a stuffy yet. Lets picture a homemade or store bought “lovie” such as the one pictured here, or if you know how to crochet, you can make one yourself.
Look for one with corners to suck on that is about the size of handkerchief. Keep it in your baby's crib or bassinet and save it for sleep times. When you lay your infant or baby down, preferably awake, place the item either in your baby's hand or lay it up right next to his cheek. There is every chance that while your baby fusses at being put down, he’ll soon be ready to try it out. He'll take it up to his mouth and begin to suck.
A toy with a label, floppy ears, knotted corners, etc. usually works best. Labels can be overdone, however. Once commercial companies realized babies liked to suck on labels, they started making ones with way too many brightly colored labels all around the outside. We don't want your baby to be over-stimulated or confused by too many things.
After your baby's nap or night, leave the “lovie” in the crib so an association with sleep begins.
"Goodnight, I love you, see you in the morning!”
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