Pacifiers are an extremely hot topic for new moms and moms to be. Many babies desire sucking as a way to comfort them when they are feeling sleepy, fussy, or even just bored. As a result of this desire, babies will often be given a pacifier. Some believe that pacifiers are exceptionally helpful for their babies while others believe that the use of pacifiers may sabotage nursing. Over recent years, pacifiers have also been shown to decrease the risk for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) through the baby’s first year of life.
Even though all pacifiers are made for the same purpose, not all of them are made of the same material. More recently, the harmful substance BPA has been brought to the public’s attention. BPA is often found in different plastics and has been labeled, “carcinogenic.” Regular plastic pacifiers have been known to contain BPA and Latex pacifiers haven’t gotten a great rep lately either. Latex pacifiers may leak low levels of carcinogenic nitrosamines and some pacifiers are still made with phthalates or phthalate esters.
Silicone and natural rubber pacifiers may spark the interest of the more “Go Green” type of mom. Unlike conventional pacifiers, these types of pacifiers are known to be healthier for the baby as well as environmentally safe.
Silicone pacifiers are generally made up of one piece of silicone which makes this type of pacifier easier to clean. Silicone pacifiers also retain fewer odors, are very cheap, and last longer than other types.
Natural rubber pacifiers may be getting a better rep than silicone pacifiers because of all of the things that they don’t contain. Natural rubber pacifiers are 100% pure and natural rubber and are free of artificial colorings, chemical softeners, parabens, BPA, and phthalates. This type of pacifier also better resembles the texture of an actual breast more so than others which may better satisfy your baby’s need. It is important to note that though natural rubber pacifiers do seem to have the more benefits, they are also the most expensive variety at almost 10 dollars apiece.
When comparing and contrasting pacifiers, you may wonder, why not just let my baby use their thumb? Though some mothers may think that thumb-sucking is a better idea than using a pacifier, most mothers do agree that thumb suckers have a more difficult time breaking the habit. When babies use pacifiers, they are only exposed to them randomly throughout the day whereas thumb suckers may constantly be daunted by their thumbs when parents are trying to break the habit.
If you decide that a pacifier might be the best choice for your child, remember to compare products and materials before you buy them because not all are created equal.