The incredibly large selection of pacifiers for newborns you will find on stores and on the Internet may be dazzling. To mention just a few, there are baby girl and baby boy pacifiers which are made of either silicon or latex.
Your baby may need a soothie pacifier that is specially designed for his or her developing mouth. Some parents prefer custom pacifiers that are suitable for their baby’s personal needs.
The most important things you should take into account when choosing a baby soother
1) Choose a product that meets the strictest standards. You had better pay an extra buck or two and buy a pacifier from a well established manufacturer.
2) The baby’s age is an important factor. There are usually three main age groups that dictate the right size of the pacifier: from birth to 6 months, from 6 months to 18 months and from 18 months to 3-year-old toddlers.
3) Latex or silicon? Latex pacifiers are highly durable and elastic and they are better fit for babies who had already started teething. Their main disadvantage, however, is that exposure to the sun may cause them to wear out.
Silicon pacifiers are more resistant to the sun but are easily damaged from teeth biting and so they are recommended for younger babies.
4) The mouth guard of the pacifier must be especially thin and fit the baby’s face to enable breathing from the nose. Make sure there are two or more holes in the mouthpiece so that air can flow freely.
5) To avoid too much pressure on the jaws and teeth, the area that connects the pacifier to the mouth guard ought to be narrow.
6) How often should you replace a pacifier? Out of safety and hygiene considerations, you should get your baby a new soother every two months especially if the old one has biting marks, became sticky or its color faded.
The following categories will discuss all aspects related to pacifiers. They will assist you in making the right choice based on your baby’s personal needs.