Choosing a Safe and Fun Pacifier for your Child

When shopping for a pacifier, it is best to look for a one-piece model that has a soft nipple. There are some models that can break into two pieces and become a choking hazard. It should also be dishwasher-safe so you can either boil it or run it through the dishwasher before your baby uses it. Be sure to clean the pacifier this way frequently, until she’s six months old, so she’s not exposed to any increased risk of infection, because her immune system is still maturing. The likelihood of her picking up an infection in that way is minimal after that , so you can just wash it with soap and rinse it in clear water.
Pacifiers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. After you decide which your baby prefers, buy some extras. Pacifiers are like your sunglasses. They have a way of disappearing or falling on the floor or street when you need them most. However, NEVER try to solve this problem by fastening the pacifier with a cord around your baby’s neck. Babies can choke or strangle on the cords, strings, ribbons, and fasteners attached to pacifiers even if they don’t go go around the child’s neck. For safety reasons, it’s never a good idea to make pacifiers out of a bottle nipple. A number of babies have pulled the nipple out of such homemade pacifiers and choked on them. Babies can also choke on a pacifier that’s not the right size for their age, so be sure to follow the recommended age range for each pacifier.

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