Once you’ve decided the type and style you’re looking for in a pacifier, there are a few other things to keep an eye out for when deciding which pacifier to buy. Keep in mind these things when you’re going to buy a pacifier for your baby.
Pacifiers generally come in three sizes: small, medium, and large. Depending on the brand, these sizes can vary. Size is very important in pacifiers, one that is too big can cause your baby to choke, while one that is too small will be spit out by your baby.
When selecting the size of your baby’s pacifier, use age as a general rule of thumb. For babies less than six months old, a small is a perfect fit. Babies six to eighteen months will use a size medium, and babies older than eighteen months require a large.
Some pacifiers and brands are only suitable for a specific age group. Before purchasing a pacifier, make sure you’re reading the box to look for age specifications.
The most common material pacifiers are made with are silicone, latex, and plastic, with silicone being the most common and plastic being the least common.
Silicone pacifiers are very easy to clean and are less likely to retain unwanted odors. Silicon pacifiers are the most common type of pacifiers on the market today and for a good reason. The material is sturdy enough to be cleaned in a dishwasher and is very durable over time.
Latex pacifiers are the next most common type of pacifier on the market. The feeling of latex in a baby’s mouth is smoother and more satisfying than a more tough silicone or plastic nipple. The downside to this is that the soft material can be worn down quicker, making you have to replace the pacifier more frequently than you would one made with a different material.
Lastly, plastic pacifiers are the least common pacifier on the market. While the sturdy material is long lasting, the hard surface is often rejected by babies. More so, over time the plastic can become jagged and damage the inside of your baby’s mouth. When purchasing a pacifier, silicone and latex are the best way to go for comfort and durability.
The guard is what will prevent your baby from choking on the pacifier during use. Make sure the guard on your baby’s pacifier is at least 1 ½ inches long. Sometimes, guards are curved which can further prevent your baby from choking.
Make sure the guard on the pacifier you purchase has ventilation holes. This will decrease the chance of a rash forming from the pacifier clinging to your baby’s skin. The ventilation allows airflow and reduces moisture, so the chance of rash decreases.
When purchasing a pacifier, give every piece of the frame a strong tug. If you can pull it apart, your baby will also be able to. Detachable pieces pose a huge choking hazard to your baby. If this is a huge concern of yours, always go for a single piece pacifier, which is considered the safest kind of pacifier.