If you take good care of your child’s dummy and replace it in time, you can safely enjoy the peace and sense of wellbeing the pacifier gives your child.
Dummy replacement – how often?
Dummies must be replaced after 4-8 weeks of use – all depending on how much the dummy is used during this time. Some babies have a very strong suction or only use one dummy at a time, and in these cases the pacifier may be ready for a replacement after less than 4 weeks.
There is also a hygienic reason to replace the pacifier regularly. The older the dummy gets, the more bacteria will hide in them. For this reason, your child shouldn’t use the same dummy for more than 8 weeks – even if it seems like it is in perfect condition.
Always check the dummy before use
Before giving the dummy to your child, you should always examine it for visible traces of use – do this by pulling the teat. If the teat has tooth marks, cracks, or other signs of wear, you must replace it immediately.
How to make the dummy last longer
If you take good care of your child’s dummy, it will naturally last longer. Dirt will cause a lot of wear and tear on the dummy, and therefore it is a good idea to store it in a clean and dry place. When you are on the move, the dummy should be stored in a protective dummy case.
NB! If the teat of natural rubber dummy gets bigger, it means that it is time to replace the dummy. Natural rubber dummies are not as long-lasting as silicone dummies – they can actually get old just by being stored in the closet. For that reason, you shouldn’t buy more natural rubber dummies than you need.
This blog post has been taken from FRIGG. The original post can be found here