How to choose the right dummy for your baby

One of the confusing parts of new parenthood and with the on going trends, i found myself questioning when and should my baby need a dummy and if so how to choose the right dummy.

If you find yourself in the same situation, hopefully this article will help you make things a little clearer for you, and help your make an informed decision.

Things to consider:

1. Raw Materials

2. Teat Shape

3. Sizes available

4. How to Clean

5. When to replace

6. Dummy Clip

Raw Materials

A dummy also known as a soother or pacifer is made up of three parts. The teat, shield and handle.

Baby dummies can be made from various materials including;

Latex made from a rubber tree, which is eco-friendly and biodegradable. It has become more common for latex allergies, .

Silicone - is a hybrid of synthetic plastic polymer and synthetic rubber. Though silicone is often mistaken as being made of sand, silicone is synthetically produced using a combination of chemical additives derived from fossil fuels and silicon.

Be sure that any dummy you should choose is BPA free

Teat Shape

A teat shape is most important when considering a dummy for your little one. Unfortunately, is it trial and error to see which shape your baby will take. Its personal preference and you can change shape as your little one discovers the suckling action which normally happens between 2 to 4 weeks.

Orthodontic (anatomical) Teat - Designed to prevent tooth misalignment and orthodontic issues later in life. They have a flattened bottom and rounded top, so that the top of the baby's tongue rests flat against the bottom of the teat.

Rounded Teat - Known as a cherry teat. It has a similar shape to most feeding bottles. It is more symmetrical inline with the shape of a natural nipple. It is known that this shape is best for breastfed or combination fed babies.

Symmetrical Teat - Similar to the Rounded but smaller

Dummy Size

Most branded dummies come in a variation of sizes and the age varies with each brand.

Choose the size that corresponds to your babies age, as the teat sizes get slightly bigger for older babies as they grow.

If the dummy size is incorrect, you may find your baby is not soothed and become unsettled. If dummy size is too big, it can sit incorrect on the tongue or find it going to far back into the babies mouth.

Latex dummies tend to expand when over used

Cleaning

It is important to regularly clean your babies dummies to avoid viruses or bacteria. Babies immune system is still developing at such a young age.

Before using a dummy, it is always recommended to be thoroughly cleaned by using a steriliser or sterilising solution for babies bottles etc.

The other method is with hot boiling water for 5 minutes. Let it cool down fully and squeeze any excess liquid that may have got trapped inside the teat.

Replacing a dummy

It is handy to have a few dummies on the go for rotation and not to over use one at a time,

Any defect such as cracks, holes, or other signs of damage and weakness it is recommended to discard straight away! You can pull on teat to check it.

Latex is recommended to be changed every 6 weeks as it is a softer material.

Silicone dummies are recommended to be changed from 2 -3 months. This would also changed upon the brand you are using, so always double check the label.

Dummy Clip

This is down to your own preference. It is a convenient way of keeping your little ones dummies near by and off the floor.

A dummy clip should always be attached to clothing or a bib. The length is also important that it should under the legal limit of 22cm from base of clip to end of loop. This is to ensure it cant get around babies neck as a strangulation hazard. They should always be tested in the UK to make sure it complies with the correct safety standard. They should never be used in a crib and stored up high when out of use.

Here at Mummy and Austin Boutique we provide 2 size dummy clips. Petite which aimed for newborns being that slightly smaller and lighter, and the classic which is slightly longer aimed for the crawlers.