While some babies seem to do just fine without a pacifier, other infants seem to cry constantly without one. Pacifiers can offer a lot of comfort to a baby who has a strong instinct to suck, and a pacifier-sucking habit is much easier to break than a thumb-sucking habit. However, if you’re parenting a baby who loves their pacifier, we’re sure you’ve already come across a lot of the challenges they can pose. They’re always getting dirty and they vanish when you need them most. Fortunately for parents everywhere, there are some solutions.
Regardless of whether your baby dropped their pacifier on the mall floor or in the sand at the beach, these pacifier wipes have you covered. They come in a small, light-weight box that easily fits into your diaper bag, and they can be used to wipe and sanitize everything from pacifiers to teething toys, bottles, and more! Think of them as food-grade, wet wipes with no perfumes, alcohol, or any other nasty stuff.
If you have a baby who regularly decides they’re no longer interested in their pacifier and spits it out onto the floor, a pacifier clip can help. These clips latch onto baby’s pacifier on one end and onto their clothing, your clothing, their car seat, or anything you need them to on the other! This makes it harder for the pacifier to get dirty, and if you alway have the pacifier clipped to the same spot, you’ll know exactly where it is when you need it. If you want to earn brownie points with a sports-enthusiast partner, we recommend this adorable, baseball themed clip! Remember that while pacifier clips under 6 inches are safe, never attach a pacifier to your baby, their crib, or anything else if it’s longer than 6 inches.
Pacifier Stuffie / Lovie.
Whether you prefer the term stuffie or lovie, one thing is certain — if you have a baby who likes plush toys and pacifiers, you need a pacifier stuffed animal. Not only are they cute, but they offer your child something they can snuggle and hold onto as the suck on the pacifier. The extra weight of the stuffed animal, also means the pacifier won’t go flying when baby decides to spit it out. Finally, parents love how easy it is to find their Baby’s favourite pacifier-stuffie/lovie compared to a normal pacifier.
Some research has shown that pacifiers can reduce the risk of SIDS in babies between 1 month and 12 months, and many pediatricians are now recommending them for nap times and bedtime because of this. The pacifier is thought to keep the baby from sleeping too deeply and help to open the airway. This means baby is able to breath easier and is also less likely to sleep through periods of troubled breathing. That said, a pacifier should not be reinserted into the mouth of a baby who is already asleep.
Need help picking out the perfect pacifier for your baby? There are a bunch of different options! Nipple shape, material, and more can all vary widely, so contact the baby gear experts at Cajinka to learn which pacifier is right for you!