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Pacifiers

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Pacifiers-Mother and Baby Shop

On www.motherbabyshop.co.ke we stock a variety of quality trusted pacifiers in Kenya. In the article we shall answer the following questions;

  • What is a Pacifier?
  • When can I introduce my baby to a pacifier?
  • What are the benefits of using a pacifier?
  • What are the cons of using a pacifier?

Sucking comes naturally for babies. Some babies suck their thumb or fingers while others may opt to suck on a pacifier. A pacifier, also known as a binky, soother, teether or dodie is a rubber, plastic or silicone nipple given to an infant to suckle upon. In its standard appearance, it has a teat, mouth shield, and handle. The mouth shield and/or the handle is large enough to avoid the danger of the child choking on it or swallowing it.

When can I introduce my baby to a pacifier? 

 It's safe to introduce the pacifier when:

  • Your baby has regained his or her birth weight
  • Your baby can comfortably latch onto the breast
  • Your milk supply is adequate

For most mothers, this is usually when your baby is about 3 to 4 weeks old. If you have chosen to feed your baby formula, you can introduce a pacifier immediately after baby is born.

How do I introduce my baby to a pacifier?

  • Let your baby guide your decision. If s/he takes to it right away, fine. But if s/he resists, don't force it. You can try another time or out it away for good.
  • Introduce the pacifier between feedings when you know s/he's not hungry.
  • Avoid using a pacifier to delay baby's feedings or as a substitute for attention.
  • Try giving your baby the pacifier at nap time and bedtime but once s/he is done, let him/her nap. When your baby is fussy, first try to comfort her/him through cuddling, rocking, or singing.
  • Don't tie a pacifier around your baby's neck or to his crib. He/she could strangle in the cord or ribbon. Hook the pacifier to his clothes with a clip made especially for the job like a soother clip for safety.
    • Take care of the pacifier by keeping it clean always. Rinse in warm water and replace in case of any damage or cracks to make it safe for your baby. 

    Benefits of using a pacifier

    • Pacifiers can soothe a crying infant.
    • Reduced crying can help a parent’s strained nerves.
    • When an infant is nursing or sucking on a pacifier, it can help reduce pain.
    • For premature babies in the intensive care unit, pacifiers can shorten hospital stays and help tube-fed babies learn to use a bottle.
    • Pacifiers reduce the risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). One theory as to why is that sucking on a pacifier might help open up air space around a baby's mouth and nose, which ensures she gets enough oxygen. 

    Cons of using a pacifier

    • Pacifier use may increase the risk of middle ear infection in babies and young children. Introduce the pacifier when the need to suck is at its highest and wean him off as soon as that period is over.
    • Pacifiers can also cause nipple confusion hence interfering with breastfeeding. But if you are breastfeeding your baby, make sure the baby has a proper latch on before introducing the pacifier. 
    • Sucking on a pacifier can easily become a habit, and many parents don't introduce one because they don't want to deal with having to take it away later. Being careful not to overuse the pacifier can help make sure your child doesn't become dependent on it.

    Every mum should remember that the acceptance of the pacifier is different for every child. 

    Pacifiers in Kenya.

    We have the following brands available; - 

    Dr. Brown's One Piece Pacifier Stage 1 (0-6m) 2pack

     

    Dr. Brown's PreVent Glow in the Dark BUTTERFLY SHIELD Pacifier

     

    Dr. Brown's PreVent PRINTED SHIELD Pacifier

     

     Avent Translucent Orthodontic Pacifier

     

    Avent Orthodontic soother

     

     Avent Animal Orthodontic 0-6M Classic

     

      Source

      https://www.babycenter.com/0_pacifiers-pros-cons-and-smart-ways-to-use-them_128.bc

      https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=1&ContentID=981

      https://www.whattoexpect.com/baby-products/pacifiers/


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