Anticipating the arrival of a newborn? Congratulations are in order! Among the essential items to stock up on, we highly recommend including dummies in your baby gear list. A baby dummy proves to be incredibly beneficial for soothing and calming your newborn, aiding in lulling them to sleep. With a myriad of options available, we understand that choosing the right one can be overwhelming. Read on for our comprehensive guide to help you discover the best dummies.Understanding the Purpose of a Dummy for a Baby: Let's delve into the basics of what a dummy does and why it's a valuable investment. Babies suck on dummies, engaging in a self-soothing action that mimics the natural process of breastfeeding. Additionally, using dummies during sleep may potentially reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). While dummies prove extremely useful for newborns, it's advisable to establish breastfeeding to prevent excessive dependence.
Types of Dummies: Dummies come in various types, catering to the unique needs of every baby:Silicone Dummy:
- Crafted from 100% food-safe silicone, known for durability.
- Dishwasher safe for convenient cleaning.
- It does not absorb smells or flavours and its shape cannot be altered.
- Softer and more flexible than silicone dummies.
- May be less durable over time.
- Over time, this material tends to swell and absorb smells, which means that it should be replaced every month and a half.
- Features a round top and flat bottom, preferred by orthodontists.
- Suitable for introduction around six months.
When to Introduce a Dummy: While the average age for introducing a dummy is four months, many parents opt to introduce dummies to newborns. Conversely, the average age for weaning off a dummy is around 36 months.
Choosing the Right Dummy: Consider the following factors when selecting the best dummy for a newborn:
- Material: Choose between silicone, latex, and natural rubber.
- Size: Opt for smaller sizes for newborns, which are typically softer.
- Teat: Choose between a cherry or orthodontic teat, ensuring a soft, pliable material with a smooth surface.
- Safety: Ensure the pacifier's base is wide enough to prevent it from fitting entirely into the baby's mouth.
- Single Piece Dummies: Consider these for enhanced safety, as they don't come apart easily.
Best Dummy for Breastfed Baby: For breastfed babies, it's recommended to wait until around a month old before introducing dummies. Choose a dummy that closely resembles the shape of the mother's breast. The Zero Zero dummy for premature and newborn babies. Ideal for calming and relaxing fussy babies while respecting the correct establishment of breastfeeding during the first few weeks and SX Pro Teat helps with nipple confusion when mixed feeding.
Cleaning a Baby Dummy: Dummies can harbor bacteria, so regular sterilization is crucial. Microwave Sterilizers are a quick and easy option. Alternatively, use boiling water and soap to clean dummies. Regular inspection and replacement every 4-6 weeks are advised.
How to Sterilize Baby Dummy: Sterilize dummies after every use by pouring boiling water over them in a bowl for 5 minutes. Allow the dummy to dry on a clean towel and press out any excess water inside the nipple. Avoid using the dishwasher, as it may not reach a high enough temperature for proper sterilization. Clean dummies between sterilization with warm, soapy water.
The design of Suavinex dummies is approved by the Spanish Society of Paediatric Dentistry. According to paediatric dentists, the design is optimal for correct development of the palate, provided it is not used beyond 3 years of age.