Finding the ideal dummy for my baby while navigating the rather complicated world of varied dummy shapes was one of the more difficult aspects of being a new parent that I found.
Questions include whether we would use one at all, how to choose one if we did, the characteristics of various teat forms, and the distinctions between natural rubber and silicone baby dummies in terms of materials. [Cool Baby Dummies]
If you find yourself in a similar situation, maybe this article will assist to clarify matters for you and aid in your decision-making over the finest dummy for your newborn child.
1 – Baby Dummy Raw Materials [Cool Baby Dummies]
There are three components to a baby dummy, dummy or soother. the handle, shield, and teat. Baby dummies can be created using a variety of materials, such as silicone, natural rubber, or other soft plastics. Although the materials themselves don’t differ much in terms of how they calm a baby, they are significant in terms of the child’s safety and the environment.
The teat and guard on a dummy should be made of natural materials because they will both come into touch with the baby’s mouth. Therefore, while selecting a dummy for your infant, you should give careful thought to avoiding any chemicals or microplastics.
In a similar vein, a natural rubber soother degrades far faster than a traditional plastic dummy. This implies that when a natural rubber dummy has served its purpose, it is simple to recycle it at home.
If there is a history of latex allergies in your family, avoid natural rubber dummies and make sure the dummy you purchase is BPA-free.
2 – CHILDREN’S DUMMY TEAT SHAPES
When selecting your baby’s dummy, the teat’s form is a vital factor to take into account. Unfortunately, it often takes some trial and error to determine what your child will take to. There is no absolute right or wrong; the decision is ultimately yours. It’s also important to remember that you can select several dummy forms over the course of your baby’s development. For instance, just because you selected one shape for your infant, doesn’t imply a different teat shape can’t be utilised later on.
As baby teeth erupt and eventually give place to adult teeth, an orthodontic dummy is intended to avoid dental misalignment and orthodontic problems later in life. The top and bottom of the orthodontic dummy are rounded, allowing the baby’s tongue to rest flat against the teat’s bottom. A common name for it is an anatomical dummy. Orthodontic dummies are available in our Natursutten and HEVEA dummy ranges from birth to 36 months.
DUMMY TEAT, ROUND OR CHERRY SHAPE
A cherry dummy is what? Although that is a common query, it doesn’t have to be complicated! The cherry-shaped dummy is another name for the round dummy teat. It has the same form as the teats on our HEVEA glass baby feeding bottles and is comparable to the shape of most baby feeding bottle teats.
There is a good possibility your baby will accept a dummy with a round teat if they are used to drinking from a bottle. It is advised for newborn breastfed or combination fed babies to use a smaller, more symmetrical teat that is more in accordance with the shape of a natural nipple if the brand of dummy your child loves does not already provide one. Our selection of BIBS latex teat dummies provides a trend-driven choice for this look.
TEAT WITH SYMMETRICAL SHAPE
Given that the nipple resembles the female breast in shape, it is advised that breastfed infants use it as a dummy. If your infant has found the orthodontic or round teat shape to be too overpowering, it could be a good idea to try our HEVEA symmetrical teat since it is smaller than the spherical teat.
3 – How is your baby being fed?
DUMBS FOR A BOTTLE-FEED BABY
If your child is only or primarily bottle-fed, a round or symmetrical dummy will be more comfortable for them than an orthodontic-shaped teat. Therefore, it would be wise to use one of these two types of dummies until the child is about 6 months old, at which point you can switch them to an orthodontic teat if you so choose.
BABY DUMMIES FOR A BREASTFEED
When it comes to dummies for newborn breastfed babies, there is frequently concern about “nipple confusion.” The common view is that introducing a dummy (or extracted milk from baby bottles) shouldn’t happen until your baby has been breastfeeding for at least four weeks and has developed a healthy latch.
This being said, because every baby is unique, there is no way to predict whether they would tolerate a dummy at all at any age or whether they may experience nipple confusion whenever one is offered.
At about 4 weeks old, we personally introduced a baby bottle with natural rubber teats and a dummy. Our son was breastfed for the first two years of his life and then fed with a combination of extracted milk from a glass bottle and breastfeeding. Around 9 months old, he started to reject his dummy and started refusing it for bedtimes. At this time, we decided to completely remove it (with surprisingly little resistance!).
For a baby who is breastfed, a symmetrical or circular teat form would be ideal because these dummy shapes are most like a genuine nipple.
4 – What are the various baby-dummy sizes?
Baby dummies come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and age ranges depending on the brand. Select a teat size that is appropriate for your child’s age because older babies’ teat sizes increase as they mature.
For instance, our latex BIBS pacifiers with natural rubber teats are available in size 1 for infants ages 0 to 6, size 2 for children ages 6 to 18, and size 3 in a few colour variations for children ages 18 and up. Our BIBS silicone pacifiers come in one size and are appropriate for infants up to 36 months old.
Your infant could not feel calmed if the dummy is the wrong size. It’s preferable to adjust the dummy’s size or style during the day so you can watch how your child responds to the change.
5 – How to Clean a Baby Dummy
To avoid viruses and bacteria, it’s crucial to regularly clean and sterilise your baby’s dummy. Younger newborns especially need it because their immune systems are still developing and undeveloped.
Before using a new dummy, it should be well cleaned. Then, it should be sterilised by either boiling the dummy in water for five minutes or submerging it in a sterilising solution (used for baby bottles, breast pump parts, etc.). Allow it to cool, and then before using, gently push the dummy teat to release any remaining water with clean fingertips.
A one-piece design, such as the HEVEA natural rubber dummy, ensures that there are no joints or crevices where dirt and bacteria might gather. Regular soothers typically feature a crevice that can be challenging to keep clean where the teat and shield converge.
Prior to each use, check that the teat is intact and that the baby’s dummy is clean.
6 – How frequently should an idiot be replaced?
A dummy should be thrown away at the first indication of damage or weakness. This is essential to make sure your infant is secure. Teats that have splits or other alterations when pulled should be thrown away. Dummies should generally be replaced every two to three months, according to consensus. Please be especially watchful for indications of wear or material weakness if your child has teeth.
A baby’s dummy needs to be replaced frequently, therefore going green by using natural rubber that degrades is a more sustainable option.
HOW TO CONDUCT A ‘PULL TEST’
Every time you are about to give your baby their dummy, it is worthwhile to carry out the aforementioned “pull test” for your own peace of mind. Before infants use their dummy, it is important to quickly pull the teat in all directions and thoroughly inspect it for any symptoms of damage or weakening.
Natural rubber pacifiers can occasionally expand because they are composed of a natural material. If you notice any of the following symptoms, you should replace the natural rubber latex dummy:
• Surface changes
• Size changes
• Shape changes
• Rupture in the material
• Becomes brittle or sticky
7 – DO I REQUIRE A BABY DUMMY CLIP OR HOLDER?
As you know, we don’t like to impose a list of ‘needs’ on anyone because everyone’s situation is unique. We will admit, however, that a dummy clip is a practical solution to keep baby’s dummy in place and off the floor.
A dummy clip, which is attached to clothing or a bib, ensures that baby’s dummy is always close at hand. A dummy holder (or dummy case) can also be a beneficial addition for transporting baby’s dummies in a safe and sanitary manner.
Dummy Holder Storage Box BIBS
When it comes to a dummy holder, it is crucial to remember to consider safety. A fake clip’s length is critical. You should keep it short because it can become a choking hazard.
Because a dummy clip will come into touch with baby’s lips at some time, the material utilised must be carefully considered. Organic cotton dummy clips are an excellent choice because no hazardous chemicals are used in its creation, and it is also an environmentally beneficial material.
Similarly, medical grade silicone dummy clips are a more environmentally friendly option. In any event, make certain that the dummy clip has met safety criteria and is cleaned on a regular basis.
After reading this blog post, hopefully you feel more prepared to buy the best dummy for a newborn. While you’re here, browse our selection of BIBS, HEVEA, and Natursutten natural rubber baby dummies.
The HEVEA natural rubber dummies are made entirely of rubber, including the teat. This means they are less likely to shatter into bits and pose a hazard to infant, plus they are extremely hygienic. They also have ventilation holes on the shield, which is important for preventing skin irritation around the baby’s mouth.
They are a trendy eco-friendly choice for your kid, suitable from birth and available in a variety of different hues and teat forms!