If you are a parent of a little one that uses a pacifier, you have probably done the most common cleaning and maintenance method for a paci- examine for hair and dirt, give it a quick blow, lick it off yourself, then put it back in baby’s mouth! While we have all done it, I am sure we can use a few tips from the experts at MAM Baby on pacifier safety!
1. Inspect your child’s pacifier before each and every use. This is not only relevant for teething babies or babies with teeth. Even before babies’ teeth emerge, their gums are very hard and can cause damage to any pacifier.
2. The "Pull Test" Perform a ‘pull test’ prior to each use (see photo above). To perform a ‘pull test,’ pull the pacifier in all directions. Carefully check for any signs of damage or weakness. If any damage or weakness is found, discard the pacifier immediately.
3. When was it last cleaned? Clean the pacifier before each use under warm running water. Do not use aggressive cleaning agents.
4. Clean + Sterilize Regularly sterilize the pacifier. After sterilizing, wait for an additional 5 minutes before giving the pacifier to your baby. During cleaning, a small amount of water may enter the nipple. This can be easily expelled by gently squeezing with clean fingers.
5. Replace your child's pacifier often Never dip the soother in sweet substances or medication. This can cause tooth decay. For hygiene and safety reasons, always replace the soother after one to two months of use.