10 Facts Mums Should Know About Pacifiers

10 Facts Mums Should Know About Pacifier.

Instead of putting you through various articles, we have done the research for you and have compiled it into 10 points that you should know about pacifiers.

  1. What are pacifiers used for?

Pacifiers can be used for various reasons, therefore making it a very versatile and useful tool. Some of its uses include:

  • Soothing: Can help soothe your bub when they are crying or acting fussy.
  • Sleep assist: The pacifier will help to teach your bub how to self-soothe themselves back to sleep without your help.
  • Soothe breastfeeding urges: Can help soothe the excessive urges for sucking that may not be satisfied by breastfeeding.
  • Distraction: Helps keep your bub occupied for a period of time.
  • Aid in travel: When leaving the house allowing your bub to have something that comforts them is a must and it ensures it makes your life easier when navigating car rides and travelling with your bub. 
  • Decrease risk of SIDS: They are known to decrease your bub’s risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) 
  1. When should I introduce a Jollypop pacifier?

Most parents offer a pacifier for the first time in the newborn or early weeks of their bub’s life. However, experts often give the advice to avoid introducing a pacifier until breastfeeding is well established which is around 4-6 weeks. This is because bubs use a different sucking technique when they are sucking on a pacifier in comparison to the breast.

The sizes of Jollypop pacifier changes depending on what stage and age your bub is at. Our Jollypop pacifier collection offers three sizes that are suitable for your bub throughout their journey using a Jollypop pacifier 

  1. Is it safe for my bub to sleep with a pacifier?

If a baby falls asleep with a pacifier in his mouth, it’s safe to keep it there. In fact, some mothers find that pacifiers help their baby to fall asleep. If choking hazard is a major concern then we recommend that you buy a one-piece pacifier and if the pacifier falls out of your bub’s mouth while sleeping, don’t put it back in.

  1. Will a pacifier affect tooth development?

Although pacifiers are used for the correct suggested amount of time does not cause teeth issues, dental problems can arise if it is used extensively.

Extended pacifier use can cause the top front teeth to protrude and tip forward but this can be avoided and resolved on its own without intervention if the pacifier is taken away by age two to three.

  1. Will a pacifier affect the ability to breastfeed?

Using Jollypop pacifiers doesn’t affect the ability to breastfeed, however, before giving your baby a pacifier, it is highly recommended that you already have breastfeeding well-established to prevent problems or confusion.

  1. Is pacifier or thumb-sucking safer?

Many think that letting their bub suck their thumb instead of using a pacifier is a much better alternative as it is seen to be more natural. However, thumb-sucking is presented to be less safe for several reasons.

A pacifier can be kept clean more easily by throwing it in the dishwasher rather than trying to figure out where your bub’s thumb has been. It is also much easier to wean your bub off a pacifier when they grow older, whereas it is harder to take your bub off a thumb-sucking habit. 

  1. Can pacifiers cause infection?

Since a pacifier goes into the mouth, any bacteria on the pacifier can be transferred to your bub. As a young bub, their immune system hasn’t fully matured and preventing infection is essential.

It is extremely important that you should always take care of your bub’s pacifier and make sure it stays clean at all times. Ensure you wash the pacifier frequently and sterilizing it by popping it in the dishwasher. Don’t ‘clean’ the pacifier by putting it in your mouth and giving it back to your bub as that will just spread the bacteria further.

  1. What are the safety precautions I should take?
  • Always check the Jollypop pacifiers before using by pulling firmly on the teat and tugging the handle to check they don’t give way under pressure.
  • Use a Jollypop pacifier suitable to age and size, and get new ones once your bub begins to grow.
  • Never dip the pacifiers in sweet foods and drinks, as this can cause tooth decay.
  • Never use a tie or ribbon to attach your bub’s Jollypop pacifier to their clothing as it can be a safety hazard, instead, look to use Bubify dummy clips which ensure a safe holding of your bubs pacifier while attached to your bubs clothes.
  • Avoid using pacifiers once your bub starts developing teeth as chewing may cause the teat to tear from the shield, becoming a choking hazard.
  • Don’t store your pacifiers in direct sunlight as it can cause the rubber, latex or silicone to deteriorate.
  • Don’t put your bub’s pacifier in your own mouth as the bacteria which causes tooth decay can be easily transferred.
  • Have clean spare pacifiers at hand.
  • If a pacifier begins to wear and becomes a hazard, replace it with a new one.
  1. What should I look for in a pacifier?

Finding the right pacifier may be tricky but having the right knowledge of what a good pacifier has in safety and design is paramount when picking. 

The Jollypop pacifier is without a doubt the unsurpassed winner in Australian households and households overseas. Made in the USA showcasing it's unique design it is the only pacifier that is trusted in hospitals throughout the world and the leading pacifier given to preemies and newborns in Australia. 

  • Correct size: Choosing the correct size for your bub is important in allowing the pacifiers to sit comfortably in their mouths.
  • One-piece pacifier: A one-piece pacifier is the saftest option to prevent a choking hazard and it is much easier to clean than pacifiers with multiple parts.
  • Ventilation holes: Having ventilation holes on the shield of the pacifier can prevent suffocation.
  • BPA-Free: Most pacifiers are made from silicone or latex; therefore, it would be BPA-Free.
  • Latex-Free: Avoid pacifiers made from latex if your bub has a latex allergy.
  • Listed under the TGA: the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia regulates the quality of medical supplies and therapeutics.
  • Dishwasher safe: Allows for an easier clean as this will have to be done frequently.

Our Jollypop pacifiers ensures the highest quality and it is made Phthalate-free, latex-free, BPA-free, DEHP-free, and with soft 100% medical grade silicone.

The pacifier itself is a curved one piece with a textured natural shape nipple. It has a unique easy-to-hold loop-shaped handle and has teething nubs designed for babies to chew.

It is the No. 1 pacifier used in Australian hospitals due to its safety and unique features and it is also listed with the TGA in Australia.

  1. When to stop using a pacifier and how do I wean my bub off it?

Most children will wean themselves off of their pacifier and this can happen anywhere from age 2 to 4. However, if your bub isn’t weaning themselves off, there are several things you can do to help encourage them.

  • Have a time limit: Limit the time you allow your bub to use a pacifier and use it only for sleep time and comfort.
  • Encouragement: Praise your bub when they have given up the pacifier and tell them you are proud that they are growing up.
  • Reward: Start a reward chart to mark your bub’s progress.
  • Broken binkies: Snip the top of a pacifier so that your bub can no longer create suction in their mouth which ultimately changes the experience and the feel of the pacifier
  • Make it their choice: Involve your bub in the decision to stop using it by giving them the choice of throwing it away, putting it away or leaving it under the pillow for the tooth fairy.

That's our 10 tips on pacifiers! We hope you make the right choice and go with the number one pacifier in Australia. The Jollypop pacifier.

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