Most babies don’t need a pacifier to sooth them. However some babies simply won’t settle down without one.
To Get One Or Not
If you have a baby that doesn’t have trouble sleeping or falling asleep consider yourself very lucky. Luckily my daughter always fell asleep quite easily. She used to fall asleep on my breast which worked for both of us when she was a couple of months old.
However, as time passed, I soon realised that she doesnt settle so easily anymore. I also won’t be able to put her on my breast where ever we go so I thought I might have to introduce a pacifier to her. At first she didn’t like the idea and spit it out whenever me and my husband tried putting it in her mouth. Eventually she accepted it and today at 6 months old she is still using it.
Tips On Choosing One
Fortunately there are many known brands to choose from. They also come in many shapes, colours and sizes. You will have to take a chance and see which one works best for your baby. If you’re lucky and your baby isn’t picky you don’t need to first purchase one in every single brand. We had to try two different brands and my daughter only accepted the 3rd one we gave her.
In the long run it can be difficult to get your baby to let go of the pacifier, but there are also many benefits involved. It is very soothing for a baby with colic. Sucking the pacifier will not only stop them from crying but also help them settle down. Some babies need a security item (toys, blankets etc) to fall asleep and it can work perfectly well as babies find the sucking sensation very soothing. A new study has found that it can also reduce the risk of SIDS in babies by 90%.
There are also certain reasons to look at before considering buying a pacifier for your baby. Breastfeeding babies usually turn to their mothers for comfort. Take note that your baby might choose the pacifier above you. In the long run it can also negatively affect oral motor development. Lastly it is a source of bacteria.
How To Clean
When your baby is still a newborn you want to follow certain precautions when handling the pacifier. Ensure to clean it properly by placing it in boiling water for a couple of minutes before the first use. Thereafter it can be cleaned with dishwashing liquid and warm water or dummy sterilizer. What I use daily is a mini pacifier steriliser. It’s small and I pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes and it’s done.
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