How to choose the right soother and care for it

NextSucking is a natural, comforting reflex for newborns, so it’s no wonder that many of them (and their parents) love a soother, dummy, pacifier, or whatever you like to call it. If you’re thinking that introducing a soother will help to calm your baby during unsettled periods or even assist them to sleep slightly longer […] The post How to choose the right soother and care for it appeared first on Newborn Baby.

How to choose the right soother and care for it

Sucking is a natural, comforting reflex for newborns, so it’s no wonder that many of them (and their parents) love a soother, dummy, pacifier, or whatever you like to call it. If you’re thinking that introducing a soother will help to calm your baby during unsettled periods or even assist them to sleep slightly longer stretches at night (who wouldn’t want that!), then you’ll need to choose the right one for your bub.

You wouldn’t be alone in assuming that all soothers are basically made the same, but look a little closer at their designs and features, and there are definitely better suited ones that are uniquely created with newborns in mind.

Here you’ll find everything you need to look for in choosing the right newborn soother for your special little one. Then, continue reading for some simple tips to take good care of them to ensure they’re kept safe and hygienic.

How to choose the right newborn soother

When looking at a soother for your newborn, ensure that it ticks all of these boxes:

  • Developmental stage: If you would like to offer your bub a dummy early on, you’ll want one that’s designed for babies under 2 months (and can be used from birth). Many on the market are designed for babies aged 0-3 months, and as you’d imagine a 3 week-old’s mouth is very different to a 3 month-old’s.
  • Teat: Look for an extra small teat to fit a smaller baby’s oral cavity, and one that is made from soft and flexible silicone to enable your baby to squeeze it easily as their tongue muscle is in its early stage of development. The right sized teat provides better support to the natural suckling movements that ultimately calm your baby.
  • Weight: The soother should be extra lightweight, as a heavy one could put stress on your baby’s developing orofacial muscles. These muscles are used in chewing, swallowing, and speech.
  • Airflow: Ensure it features small holes for airflow between your baby’s skin and the shield of the soother. These air holes also mean there is no danger of choking if the baby manages to get the entire soother in their mouth (it does happen occasionally).
  • Ergonomic: The entire design should be extra small, so as not to block any part of your baby’s nose – you want your baby to be able to still smell your comforting scent. Look for an angel-wing shape rather than a round-shaped shield, so that it fits the contours of your baby’s face to prevent any pressure points. This will minimise the risk of redness and irritation in your baby’s delicate skin.
  • Materials: If you’re looking at plastic soothers, it’s essential that it is made without BPA and BPS, to minimise any associated health risks (there are concerns that these chemicals can leach out of products and disrupt hormones in infants).
  • Safety: The soother should be designed to meet the safety regulation EN 1400, which states how large the shield must be to prevent babies from swallowing their soother.
  • Orthodontic: The symmetrical teat (meaning it has the same shape on the upper and lower parts) ideally should have a thin neck to minimise the space between the upper and lower jaw. The teat also needs to be flat so that it takes up less space in the mouth, allowing for better natural tongue movement.

How to care for your newborn’s soother

As you can see, it’s not just a matter of grabbing any soother off the supermarket shelves. Since your baby is tiny, their mouth is small, and they’re developing important muscles that they’ll need for eating solids and speaking, it’s a purchase that requires careful selection.

So, now that you know what to look for in a soother, what’s the best way to care for it? They will come with manufacturer’s instructions, but generally, the steps are as follows:

  1. Before the first time you use it, boil the soother for 5 minutes. Allow it to cool thoroughly before giving it to your baby, and also ensure that any residual water in the teat is squeezed out first.
  2. Before giving it to your baby each time, it’s a good idea to wash it with warm water.
  3. You might choose to sterilise the soother regularly in the early months since your baby’s immune system is immature. Some soothers even come with their own sterilisation box that allows you to sterilise them in the microwave in just a few minutes.
  4. If your baby uses a soother every day, it’s recommended that they’re replaced every 1-2 months to maintain their safe and hygienic condition.
  5. Before each use, pull firmly on the teat and inspect it for tears and holes. Always replace immediately if you notice any signs of damage or wear.
  6. Replace soothers also after your baby has had an infection, such as a cold or stomach bug.

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But are babymoons worth it? Is this something that a couple should be considering during pregnancy or is it simply an unnecessary expense at an already expensive time?

In my opinion, babymoons are definitely worth the investment and they really don’t need to be extravagant to be enjoyable. Here are 10 reasons why you should book that babymoon!

  • A chance to reconnect with your partner – It’s fair to say that when a baby arrives, your opportunities for undisturbed one-on-one time with your partner will be dramatically reduced. A babymoon is a great opportunity to talk with your partner about your hopes, fears, worries and plans for parenthood and discuss your thoughts and feelings about the months to follow.
  • Relax & rejuvenate – A babymoon is the ideal to get some much-needed R&R. You can not only ensure you both get a good night’s sleep, but fully rest and relax and wave goodbye to the pressures or stresses of normal everyday life. You can also enjoy the luxury of someone else cooking meals for you, without having to even think about the piles of washing up that follow!
  • Adventure – Many couples see their babymoon as a last hurrah – visiting places or having experiences which might be more challenging once baby arrives. Whilst some options will be off the cards in the 3rd trimester, you can still enjoy hikes or walks, adults only resorts or even boat trips and tick a few things off the bucket list as you go!
  • Think of number one – In reality, this will be (at least one of) the last holidays where you can focus entirely on YOU and your partner – without having to think about a third persons’ needs and schedule to fit around. You can do things at a time that suits you, for as long as you like and enjoy some of the freedoms which may become more of a rarity going forwards.
  • Keep the romance alive – A babymoon is a great way to rekindle some romance in your relationship, regain that spark and remember why you fell in love in the first place. As well as some romantic dinners and moonlit walks before bed, this is also a great chance to be intimate and alone together before you have a bed invader joining you between the sheets!
  • Photoshoots – Babymoons in a remote, idyllic location or with beautiful outdoor surroundings can create the ideal backdrop for some memorable maternity photoshoots, helping capture the memories of you and your bump during the final stages of your pregnancy. Either ask your partner to take these for you, ask someone to capture the moment or even take a tripod and a timer! They will be lovely memories to look back on.
  • Get away from the attention – The last few months of pregnancy can be overwhelming with all the advice and attention from well-meaning friends and family. If you’re feeling anxious or nervous about your impending labor or parenthood, escaping for a while to a place with ‘limited mobile reception’ can be a great chance to switch off and stay off grid for a while.
  • Last but not least, peace and quiet – a babymoon is an ideal way to embrace some calm, tranquil peace and quiet. Sitting reading a book overlooking the sea or eating breakfast on the balcony in peace. When baby arrives, everything gets a lot more NOISY, so enjoy the silence whilst you can.

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