For many parents, a pacifier is an essential product for soothing baby. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents consider giving a child a pacifier at night and for naps during the first year. But how can you be sure you are choosing the right type of pacifier?
With so many options on the market, Christiane Heitbrink, director of brand development at NUK, shares the following tips to help you find the best pacifier for your little one.
Consider the pacifier shape. Look for an orthodontic pacifier that’s shaped like mom to emulate a natural sucking motion. Modeled after the natural shape of mom’s nipple while breastfeeding, they are accepted by 95 percent of babies, according to market research, and won’t cause nipple confusion. New designs are narrower, slimmer and flatter to also help prevent teeth misalignment and reduce pressure on the jaw and teeth.
Think about baby’s comfort. New pacifiers are putting baby’s comfort at the forefront.
For example, many new pacifiers are designed with extra-large openings in the shield to maximize airflow and allow baby’s gentle skin to “breathe” and minimize saliva build-up, which can cause irritation or a rash.
Prioritize easy cleaning. Look for a pacifier that can be cleaned quickly and easily. Some of the newest pacifiers are sold in a reusable case that can be microwaved for an easy clean — a convenient feature that any parent will value.
Regard its condition. Take a look at your current set of pacifiers. Are they worn down? Have they seen better days? Replace your pacifiers every two months, but especially when you notice any sign of deterioration and when your little one has outgrown it. Just check the age limits on the pacifier for the right size.
New pacifier options are offering babies and parents more benefits than ever. It can be helpful to try a few styles to see which pacifier your baby likes best.
But before purchasing any pacifier, make sure it will encourage a better and more soothing experience for your baby, making for happy parents.