Babies are super resilient, but at the same time they are also quite susceptible to germs and infection because their bodies are still developing! You should always try your best to sanitize anything that baby could potentially put in their mouths, whether it’s the products’ intention (like pacifiers and teethers) or not.
I absolutely love these silicone pacifiers (also available here). Not only are they made with a high grade silicone (that’s baby safe) and in beautiful colors, but they were designed specifically with babies in mind. The nipples come in a variety of options for newborns as well as for littles with teeth, and in three alternate shapes: Slant, Flat, and Bulb. They’re not quite as long as traditional pacifier nipples which means that they minimize any potential choking hazard (which is especially important for newborns and preemies!). Lastly, the loop on the back side of the pacifier can be used as a teether! Such a brilliant product.
I’ve ordered a variety of options from this brand over the course of my pregnancy as limited edition colors have been released, but I waited until closer to my due date to fully sanitize them since I figured it would be easier to do a batch rather than boiling a pot of water for one paci at a time. Here’s how I did it:
1) Bring pot of water to a boil
2) Carefully drop in pacifiers / toys
3) Wait three minutes
4) Remove pacifiers (or toys) from boiling water
5) Allow to air dry (I use my Dorai drying pad)
For any subsequent cleanings: just hand wash in soap and water and air dry. It is also recommended to pull and twist the silicone pieces regularly to check for any cracks or tears in the material! If you find any areas of concern, throw the item away immediately.
Please check the specific description and care instructions for any other products to find out what their cleaning / sanitizing recommendations are. The silicone blocks and stacking toy that I got for Baby Girl were also sanitized this same way, but the teething ring rattle you see above was washed by hand with soap and warm water (per the care instructions).
Babies can definitely be picky when it comes to their pacis so maybe Baby Girl won’t even end up liking these, but this brand is one that I believe in and there were so many style options that I figured it would at least be a good starting point in our “perfect paci” search. Other pacifier brands that have been recommended to me are: Bibs, FRIGG, Nuk, Boon, and Itzy Ritzy so we’ll move on to those options if Baby Girl decides that these styles aren’t for her.
Lastly, my pacifier storage jar can be found here!
Sending hugs —