From birth, your baby has a natural sucking reflex. This can make some children have the urge to want to suckle in between feeds. A pacifier not only provides comfort, but also gives mom and dad a bit of rest. The large range of pacifiers available doesn’t make the choice for the perfect dummy for your baby any easier. We want to give you a hand by explaining a bit more about the different types and materials on the market!
Your baby decides
If you are looking into buying a pacifier for your baby, don’t rush out and get 10 of the same dummies at once. The difference between bottle teats, a real nipple and a pacifier is huge. Your baby will always have to get used to a pacifier, and you will soon find out which shape or material is his favourite.
Which material is best?
At BABYmatters, we have been a fan of silicone for a while. The material is sturdy, safe and hardly ever causes allergic reactions. Silicone can feel a bit stiff to begin with, but this also ensures that the pacifier lasts longer and doesn’t tear as easily.
Rubber (latex) teats
Natural rubber often gives a softer and more natural mouth feel. This makes rubber pacifiers suppler, but less colourfast and wear resistant. It is a good idea to replace latex pacifiers every month. Natural rubber is often biodegradable, however.
Attention: Does your baby get skin irritation after using a latex pacifier? He might have a latex allergy. In that case, it is best to switch to a silicone pacifier.
Which shape is best?
A round teat is more easily accepted by babies that are still being breastfed. The shape most resembles the nipple, which also reduces the risk of the so-called nipple-dummy confusion.
Some dentists and doctors swear by orthodontic teats, but according to the Dutch Child & Family Agency, it is not the teat that causes dental deformations, but the sucking motion itself. The shape of the teat has nothing to do with it. This means that giving your child an orthodontic teat has no effect on reducing the risk of having to wear braces later.
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