Pacifiers are one of those hot topics that most people haves strong opinions about. Either your baby will never sleep on his own without one or your kid will go to college still needing his. These two far reached arguments aside, finding the right pacifier is extremely difficult. Unfortunately, it is up to the baby and not the parent to determine the one that will be accepted. Every baby, and every brand of pacifier, is different. Use this guide to learn the details of pacifiers to figure out what one may work for both you and your child.
Types of Pacifiers
Even though there are at least ten brands of pacifiers in each store, there are actually only two types of pacifiers. Each brand fits into one of these that includes:
One Piece: A one piece pacifier is exactly that – one piece. The nipple and base are molded together so that the parts cannot come apart. It leaves you with a sleeker look and a safer piece. The brands known for this style include:
Multi-Piece: A pacifier that is a combination of two or more pieces. There is generally a small handle added to the base that allows for easy grabbing. These almost always feature fun designs and colors. Popular brands of the multi-piece pacifier are:
Novelty: Novelty pacifiers technically fall under the one- or multi-piece categories. Many of these actually use one of the name brands and add to it to make your baby’s favorite soother more fun. Some are even gaining in noterity such as:
Using a Pacifier
The hardest part about using a pacifier is finding the correct one. If your hospital offers one, it is likely to be the Soothie as that is their recommended brand. Otherwise, your best bet is to buy a few different brands and rotate through them until you find the one that your baby enjoys. Signs that your baby may benefit from a pacifier include:
Remember these pacifier tips when you do introduce one to your baby:
Please note that it is highly recommended to wait until your baby is four to six weeks old before you introduce the pacifier. Many people will tell you this is to stop your baby from having nipple confusion, however, this is completely false. In the first three months, your baby is developing their oral cavity and jaw muscles. Introducing the pacifier teaches the muscles to interact in a different way. This, in consequence, alters the development of the mouth and may cause problems later on.
Cleaning the Pacifier
Pacifiers carry a lot of germs. It sits in saliva for awhile. Then it is thrown onto the floor of your living room, the mall, the car, a public bathroom. While you don’t have to clean it each time it falls, you will want to keep a routine together that santizes it. For instance, you may:
Weaning from the Pacifier
Many parents worry about weaning from the pacifier. This is ultimately the reason some choose not to offer one. The positive, though, is that the pacifier can be taken away while something like a thumb cannot. When you are ready to wean, it may be easy or difficult depending on the temperament of your child. Some tips to help you through are:
Interesting Pacifier Facts
If nothing else, the history of the pacifier carries many interesting facts. The first mass produced pacifiers, for example, did not contain the base that keeps babies from choking. It did, though, contain lead. Check out these other crazy facts:
All in all, the pacifier is always up for debate. If you find that it works for your baby and family, however, there is no reason not to use one. A pacifier can be a miracle worker for the baby that wants to nurse constantly. Suddenly, the new Momma has a little freedom. Just ensure your baby wants the pacifier and you are not forcing it upon her. Some babies are perfectly happy with a soft toy or blankie to soothe them.