Pacifiers are useful to soothe or distract infants. The constant sucking and biting on it helps to keep them busy. These devices come in all sizes and colors and involve choices which can be quite confusing to a parent. Here are some points to keep in mind while buying pacifiers:
- Size matters. Any pacifier that can completely enter the baby's mouth is dangerous.
- Some pacifiers have holes for ventilation. These are necessary to prevent rashes due to constant exposure to moisture.
- Not all babies like pacifiers. Some may prefer to suck their thumbs.
- Don't buy too many pacifiers unless you are sure what type your baby likes.
- Some parents use silicon nipples because they are easier to clean.
- Latex may be a good alternative because of its softness, though you may need to buy more of them often, since they wear out faster. Also, some babies are allergic to latex.
- Do not use homemade pacifiers or any object found at home such as bottle caps.
- Avoid pacifiers filled with liquids and gels, as the baby may bite or chew into the nipple, causing the liquid to spill.
- Tying the pacifier to the baby is not advisable, as it may lead to strangulation.
Remember that use of pacifiers should be discouraged or reduced after the child reaches one year old.