How to find a cool baby dummy
Becoming a parent is not an easy task and most people claim they were never fully ready when the first baby arrived. Some struggle with the notion of a “good parent” throughout their lives, while others just seem to have it all figured out and easy. But one thing is for sure – each parent wants what is best for his/her children in all matters of life.
New parents can feel a bit overwhelmed with the amount of information they must assimilate in a short period of time, as well as with all other adjustments which, from temporary, will become permanent. Another feature of most new parents is that they tend to suffocate their homes and their child’s room with countless items, toys, and accessories which only seem to ease their efforts in the first few months.
Some of the most popular accessories for newborns and toddlers remain the pacifiers or dummies which are meant to comfort the child and help him fall asleep easier. And, even though it may seem that a dummy can be easily purchased by anywhere, sometimes choosing the right one for your baby may take a lot of time and money.
Below you will find a comprehensive buying guide with all the necessary details you will require to purchase the best baby pacifier on the market.
How we chose the coolest baby dummy
Looking for the perfect dummy to comfort your baby could take a lot of time, especially if you are new in the field. Also, the large supply of products available on the market and in almost all stores will only harden your buying process, making you doubt your choice every time. Here is a set of rules and tips you most definitely find useful in search of the perfect baby dummy:
Depending on the age
Babies and toddlers require different types of pacifiers, according to their age. Also, some dummies may vary in form, size, and shape, depending on whether or not your baby is breastfed. You need to be very careful when choosing a pacifier for your child because you want them to be comforted by it, not to cause them further health problems.
Thus, newborns who are fed on the bottle can be introduced to pacifiers as soon as they gain some weight, meaning after a couple of weeks from birth. We suggest you hold on to your thoughts on buying a pacifier right after the baby’s birth and wait for a few weeks to be sure of your child’s health evolution and body development.
If you plan on breastfeeding your baby, pacifiers can be introduced after several weeks from birth, depending on the mother’s needs. Specialists suggest that it would be good to wait at least six weeks to make sure your baby knows the breastfeeding routine.
If you introduce a pacifier earlier than six weeks, your baby may suffer from a nipple confusion and won’t be able to tell apart the pleasure of sucking a dummy from the need to eat. Also, it is advisable for mothers to introduce pacifiers to their children in order to recover better from nipple and breast pains. Some children can prove quite brutal when they are breastfed, determining the mother to develop pains, bruises and even bleeding in the nipple area.
After your baby starts growing teeth, it is best to switch to an orthodontic nipple which won’t cause further oral problems such as teeth realignment, or gum problems.
The fabrics used to create a baby pacifier also differ, depending on the age of the baby, and the manufacturing brand. If you want your baby to be fully satisfied with his new toy and not cause him any health problems, we suggest opting for soft silicone dummies during the first months of life.
Infant pacifiers must be made from the softest silicone to prevent hurting the gums and get the baby to get used to his new toy easily. Also, you may experience problems when first introducing the dummy to your baby, but rest assured they will soon pass. It takes time for the baby to get used to the new taste of the dummy, as it can get confusing.
Thus, if you want to introduce a pacifier to your baby easily, we suggest you first dip it into breast milk or milk formula to have a similar taste as the mommy’s breast. A reverse mechanism can be applied whenever you want your baby to quit using the pacifier – dipping it into a sour/ spicy sauce or food will determine your toddler to easily get rid of it and replace it with milk bottles or natural juices which taste better.
Toddlers and children who already have teeth or are about to should pick age-appropriate items which are made from a more durable plastic and resists friction and damage.
The most fun part in choosing your baby’s new dummy is that you can pick from thousands of different designs, colors, shapes, fabrics, and brands. Some pacifiers are really cool inventions, perfectly combining a soft silicone nipple with a pair of sunglasses suitable for long walks in the park during summer.
Other dummies have a mini digital thermometer integrated into their design to always know the temperature of your baby. This way you can prevent giving him too hot or too cold foods, and also check whenever the baby is ill or has the fever. We think this is one of the best inventions for babies.
But, when it really comes to trend and cool accessories, dummies can convert to some pieces of art or, at least funny items to play with. Parents with a sense of humor can choose a pacifier shaped like a mustache which will definitely brighten their day and help them easier pass through endless nights without sleep.
Other brands offer the possibility of personalizing a baby’s dummy in terms of color, fabrics used, as well as the message displayed. We think this is a cool baby shower idea, for both little boys and girls. Moreover, it could prove a quite useful accessory when having twins.