Vivian is one of my first Pacifier Babies. She liked them before I weaned her, but since my surgery and her weaning she’s taken to them even more. So choosing the right pacifier was something I need to learn how to do, five kids later. Here are the 6 things to look for in a pacifier.
Look for pacifiers that are sized for newborns when you baby is little. And then go ahead and pick up larger sizes when they get older.
2. BPA-free plastic in both shield and nipple of the pacifier.
Babies chew on pacifiers as well as sucking on them so you want a paci that is free of BPA throughout it’s entire construction. Not only that but the pacifier should be totally baby safe and free from lead, PVC, and other potential harmful chemicals.
3. Easy to clean.
You can clean pacifiers by boiling them in hot water for five minutes. I like to clean any visible dirt or grime off them with a mild detergent first so any soap residue will be removed during the sterilization in the boiling water.
4. Portable for on-the-go use.
Vivian’s MAM Baby glow-in-dark pacifier helped keep her happy during our back-to-school shopping trip (only the first of many to come). There are fabulous holder straps that come with the pacifiers but when I took this photo one of the boys was using it for his spiderman toy.
5. Gentle to baby’s mouth.
I had always thought that pacifiers would change an infant’s bite but when I read more about MAM pacifiers I learned that their nipples are symmetrical so it doesn’t matter which way the baby put it in their mouths. And since the nipple collapses when it is sucked on, the pacifier molds to the shape of the baby’s mouth instead of changing the shape of their mouth. Brilliant.
6. Totally stinkin’ cute.
And of course, if your baby’s face is going to have something stuck on it you want it to be something cute! Did you see these new personalized pacifiers by MAM? If Adam keeps trying to steal Vivian’s I may have to resort to putting their names on them.
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