Your child's best friend!
Babies have a natural need to suck from birth, as it gives them a feeling of security and calms them in stressful moments. This need is satisfied in a natural way during breastfeeding.
You can give your baby a pacifer as and when they need it, so that they also feel happy outside breastfeeding times.
However, the choice of pacifier types, various materials and their different qualities might not always make it easy for you to make the right choice as parents. Questions and uncertainties also often come up: Does my baby really need a pacifier? And what effects will a pacifier have on jaw development?
On this page, you'll find useful notes about correct use of pacifiers, to make it easier for you to choose the right one.
Does my child really need a pacifier?
Pacifier - yay or nay? Opinions are divided on this subject. Many people would rather not let their babies use pacifier. Others often leave their babies to continuously use their pacifiers.
When sucking, it is important that the pacifier is used in a targeted manner. It is a good help for calming a baby down, comforting them or getting them to sleep.
However, we would advise against continuously using the pacifier on and on, as this increases the risk of teeth later growing out of place later.
The following rule applies here: as much as necessary, but as little as possible!
However, if your child wants to suck, a pacifier is more suitable than the thumb, as it can be used in a targeted manner, puts little pressure on the jaw and teeth and is also easier to wean from.
A matter of taste: silicone or latex?
Pacifiers come in two different teat materials: latex and silicone. Both materials have been tried and tested for years; however, they possess different qualities. The following comparison will explain things a little more.
Silicone is an artificial material frequently used in medical technology. It is transparent and clear, has a neutral taste and smell, and is free of allergens.
It is very temperature-resistant and can subsequently be boiled and disinfected frequently without any changes to the material occurring. Environmental influences, such as sunlight and heat, also have very little effect on the material.
Silicone is definitely less soft and elastic than latex - babies with a tendency to bite the teat can damage it with their sharp and pointed baby teeth.
Latex is a natural product and recognisable by its yellow colour. It has a typical smell and taste for latex. Latex is a very robust material with a particularly high elasticity and wear resistance, making it very soft and bite-resistant.
Pacifiers with latex baglets are very suitable for babies with baby teeth, who have a tendency to bite the teat.
However, as it is a natural product, babies could develop an allergy. If parents already have allergies, a pacifier with a silicon baglet would be the better choice.
However, latex ages with time due to use, storage and boiling. Direct sunlight and heat are latex teats' worst enemies, as these can speed up the ageing process. Latex loses its elasticity and wear resistance over time. If the latex teat starts to become sticky and brittle, it's time to change the pacifier.
How much hygiene does a pacifier need?
In the first few months of their life (up to the end of the third month), your child's immune system has still not full development, meaning that hygiene is especially important. As soon as the pacifier falls on the floor or is otherwise contaminated, it has to be boiled before being reused. For babies over three months, it is enough to clean the pacifier with hot water and detergent and boil it once a day.
Essentially, a pacifier should be changed every 1-2 months - only when it still appears to be completely intact. If tears or other damages appear earlier, it must be changed immediately. As soon as your child starts to explore their surroundings on their own two feet, a soother holder or chain can make sure the pacifier does not fall down.
A little tip!
Our Dentistar Sterilization-Box helps you to store a clean pacifier safely and hygienically when you're on the way. And if needed the pacifier can be disinfected in the microwave directly in the box and is stored safely and cleany then.
From the second year onwards, we recommend slowly weaning your child off their pacifier. This means that jaws and teeth can continue to develop healthily. However, every child is individual. It's easy to separate some children from their best friend, while others are very dependent on it. If your child finds it difficult to give up the pacifier, a little support and patience will help.
A practical helper for the transition to a pacifier-free time is the Dentistar STOPPi®.
The pacifier tree
A pacifier tree also has several advantages: the child can visit the pacifier tree and hang their pacifier on one of its branches. Then saying goodbye to the pacifier becomes easier.
The pacifier fairy
Your child has one wish that the fairy can grant in exchange for the pacifier. The child will put their pacifier on the windowsill at night, on a day confirmed beforehand. The next day, the pacifier fairy will have exchanged the soother for a wish (a toy or a day out).