Mostly, a baby pacifier can act like mommy’s magic. It’s a quick and easy way for most babies to turn on their comfort and tears. It’s no denial pacifiers can work remarkably well at comforting your infant and calming their cry (mostly if they feeling like sucking and there is nothing available for them). However, there are some pitfalls that you should be aware of before introducing your baby to a pacifier.
What type of pacifier is best for your baby? This may be a question of trial and error before you find a pacifier that your baby will accept. It’s worth noting that some babies refuse to take dummies at all.
Mostly, pacifiers come with a rubber or silicone teat, or a plastic silicone shield and handle. The mouth shield is meant to prevent your baby from choking.
Rubber or latex pacifiers are more flexible than silicone. But they do not last for long. Besides, silicone dummies maybe more comfortable to keep from germs than latex.
Equally, Orthodontic comforters are flatter than the traditional cherry shaped dummies. Also, they are developed to encourage your baby to suck just the same way they would be breastfeeding. Hence, it may have less effect on your baby’s teeth development.
So, when can you start giving your newborn a pacifier?
Well, experts recommend that you should introduce comforters after about one month; that’s when you’re breastfeeding. It allows you to have time to get your milk supply established. Most parents have different reasons for using dummies:
- To help settle their baby to sleep.
- It may help reduce SID
- Its, however, advisable to wean your baby off the pacifiers when they are between 6 to 12 months.
How do pacifiers affect breastfeeding?
Despite the literature that you have read, there is no valid evidence that pacifiers cause nipple confusion. Some research indicates that withdrawing pacifiers from newborn decreases their rate of exclusive breastfeeding.
- Only give your kid a pacifier when you put them in the crib, do not reinsert it once they are asleep.
- Never attach a pacifier to their cribs, stroller, or hang it around their necks with a ribbon string or cord that’s more than 6 inches. They can be strangled this way. Shorter clips for tethers are just fine.
- Clean the pacifier daily with warm water and soap, rinsing them thoroughly.
- Never deep pacifiers into sugary substances like honey, this may expose them to gum issues which are bad for their teeth.
- Never give your kid a comforter when they are hungry. Pacifiers should never be used to delay meals.
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