As a new or soon-to-be mother, you undoubtedly want what is best for your child, including their physical and mental health. This is why dummies, although the subject of numerous hypotheses are considered vital on any maternity list by most parents.
Babies have a natural, calming reflex to suck, so it’s no surprise that many of their parents like using a soother, dummy, pacifier, or whatever name you prefer.
Is a dummy beneficial to a baby?
There is no simple right or wrong answer, just as there are few other questions. When a dummy is used properly, according to the recommendations and instructions provided, it can have many positive effects on your infant.
One of the more perplexing aspects of being a new parent is figuring out whether or not your infant needs a dummy and, if so, which one is best. If you’re in a similar position, here are three basic considerations one must check before choosing the right dummy for their baby:
1. Right material:
A dummy made of food-grade silicon can be a nice option for your newborn. Silicone combines the advantages of polymeric polymers with synthetic rubber. Verify that the dummy you buy does not contain bisphenol A. Dummies made of silicone should be replaced every two to three months. Always check the label, as this could vary depending on the brand.
2. The shape of Teat:
The form of the teat is the most crucial factor to consider while shopping for a dummy for your baby. Trial and error is the only way to know what form your baby will take. It’s up to you; you can switch shapes whenever you like, but typically between 2 and 4 weeks old is when a baby will find the suckling motion.
- An orthodontic (anatomical) teat is made to help kids maintain proper dental alignment from the get-go, avoiding the need for braces later in life.
- Cherry Teat – A spherical teat form is conventionally associated with an infant bottle. The natural nipple’s form is more closely reflected in this more symmetrical version.
3. Size of dummy:
Most name-brand dummies are available in multiple age ranges and body sizes. Teat sizes increase significantly as babies age, so ensure you get the right one feeding your child. The dummy may not calm your kid if you choose the wrong size. Too large a dummy can cause it to protrude too far back into the baby’s mouth or to sit improperly on the tongue.