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How do you choose the right pacifier for your child?

How do you choose the right pacifier for your child?

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Completing the layette for the baby is a real challenge for young parents. Wanting the best to prepare for the arrival of a child, they are looking for opinions on the gadgets they need. One of them is a soothing pacifier, which helps satisfy a strong sucking reflex, bringing moments of respite to mom and baby.

Regardless of whether you are breastfeeding or a bottle, moments spent on food are not always enough to meet all the needs of the child. In addition to a pleasant feeling of closeness with my mother and a full tummy, they also need to suck. The best answer may be a pacifier. However, choosing a specific model and then using it correctly can pose some difficulties.

Does my baby need a pacifier?

For some children, the time spent eating is sufficient to satisfy the sucking reflex. Such babies do not need a teat and since they do not use it at the beginning, they are unlikely to accept it later. Many of them, however, need additional stimuli, so in search of objects to suck, they put a blanket, diaper, their own fingers, and even whole fists or other accidental finds into their mouths. This, of course, can lead to dangerous situations that threaten his health and even his life. Thumb deformities, abnormal development of the jaw or palate, choking are just some of the negative consequences. In such situations, when you see that your toddler wants to suck, but is already rejecting the breast or bottle, it is wiser to use a teat. Failure to respond to this need may cause anxiety, irritability or nervousness in the child.

We buy a pacifier

Before your toddler is born, you can't predict whether he'll become a fan of the pacifier or not want to use it. Therefore, it will be optimal to prepare for each of the options and buy one or two different models of a sedator to be able to reach for them "in the dark hour". The purchase of larger quantities is pointless, but the very awareness that you included a pacifier in your layette will be comfortable for you.

So it's time to go shopping. In stores you can find a wide selection of soothers, which at first glance differ mainly in color. Indeed, it is important for aesthetic reasons and, like everything in a newborn's wardrobe, it should be matched to the sex of the future user. However, appearance is not everything. Safety is the most important thing for baby products. Before you choose from a dozen or so models, first discard those that do not have the appropriate certificates and markings. Only teats that meet European standards are worth considering, as the CE or EN1400 symbol on the packaging will inform you. Another indicator may be the approval of Polish centers, such as the Children's Health Center or the Institute of Mother and Child.


  • Always buy a pacifier based on the age of the child - it is important that the pacifier head is the right size. Too high can cause a gag reflex and impede breathing, too little - a teat falling out of the mouth and irritation of the toddler. When it comes to choosing the size, you should not have a problem - on each packaging the manufacturer puts information on the age range of the toddler for whom a specific product was created.
  • pay attention to the design of the teat - it is important to make and connect all the elements so that as a result of suction none of them falls off and does not come loose. It is good if the plastic, contoured shell adjacent to the mouth has holes for air circulation, it is soft and does not impede breathing.
  • the material used to manufacture the teat - it is extremely important that the teat is free of harmful substances such as BPA chemical hardener. Most often you can find heads made of rubber, latex or silicone.
  • teat construction - classic, orthodontic or maybe dynamic? Manufacturers often declare what features a particular teat has. What do they mean for parents? That the head has a shape similar to that of a female nipple, so it is friendly to the toddler and works like sucking when sucking. For this to happen, the tip of the teat should be soft, and the part located next to the lips harder. It's good when the eraser is slightly flattened on the tongue side. These nuances in the construction of the pacifier affect how the baby's bite will develop.

The art of skillfully using a pacifier

Buying the right teat is just the first step. It is important to use it wisely and set boundaries. Although his role in calming a sick or grumbling child is not on sale, numerous studies indicate that it should be limited to exceptional situations.

The safest if you follow the basic rules of hygiene and give voice to the mother's intuition and common sense: