How to select the appropriate pacifiers for your baby?
As a new mother, you may have problems on how to choose the appropriate pacifiers for your baby. Here are some tips for selecting the right pacifiers for your baby.
- Choose the right size. Pacifier sizes are based on your baby’s age. Get a size 0-3 months for a newborn, 6-12 months for an older baby. The pacifier nipple should not go past your baby’s chin. Too large a size can be a choking hazard.
- Check the nipple shape. Orthodontic pacifiers have a flattened nipple that does not interfere with palate development. This shape is best, especially for long term pacifier use. Avoid round nipples.
- Consider the nipple material. Silicone is soft, pliable and durable. Latex can be an allergy risk and wear out faster. Avoid plastic which is a choking risk if it cracks. Silicone is the safest, most recommended choice.
- Pick a safe, durable shield. The shield should have air holes for ventilation, be securely attached to the nipple, and made of soft silicone or rubber. Avoid small shields that could pose a choking risk.
- Look for safety certifications. Choose a pacifier that meets child safety standards from organizations like the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in the U.S. or the European Union’s EN 1400.
- Consider other features like handles or clips. Some pacifiers come with carrying handles, clips or teethers attached for your convenience. Handles and clips keep the pacifier off the floor, while teethers provide sensory relief for sore gums.
- Buy a few different types. Even if you choose a recommended, high-quality pacifier, your baby may prefer certain shapes, sizes or features over others. Have a few options on hand to try as your baby starts using the pacifier.
- Replace old or damaged pacifiers. Look for any cracks, tears or changes in color/shape which could signify it’s time for replacement. Most manufacturers recommend replacing pacifiers every 1-2 months.
- Be patient through trial and error. Don’t get frustrated if your baby rejects a few different pacifiers. Finding the right one is a process. With time and consistency, you’ll determine what your baby likes best. Stick with it and stay calm—your baby will get accustomed to it.
Does this help give you some guidance on how to select the right pacifier for your baby? Let me know if you have any other questions.