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Posted by Alina on Friday Aug 8, 2008 Under Baby Products

Soothies

There are many theories on why a baby should or should not use a pacifier. I think it is hard to know what you’re going to do with your baby until he/she is finally here. I was not sure if I was going to use one or not, but when my son cried at the top of his lungs, in those first few weeks, and all his needs were met (he had a clean diaper, he was fed, and got enough sleep), a pacifier really helped to soothe him, and give my husband and I a little bit of peace in our sleep deprived state of being. If you ever walk down the isle of pacifiers in a baby store, there are tons to chose from. How do you pick? Well, I learned that in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in a large NYC hospitals, the premature babies get the green Soothies brand pacifiers because they are the closest thing to a nipple. I trust that they have done their research, and decided to try it.

At first I thought this pacifier looked a bit big and heavy, and it fell out of my son’s mouth after a few sucks. But after about a week, he would not take any other type of pacifier, and we used the Soothies one for several months. My husband and I seemed to have one stashed in every possible corner of our apartment, in his stroller, his crib, and by the changing table, so that we can always find one. Now at four months, he refuses any pacifier at all, including the Soothies, but I guess that’s not such a bad thing.

Aside from its shape, the Soothies pacifier is made of one piece of material. Most other pacifiers I have come across, such as the Gerber NUK, Avent, and MAM have a silicone mouthpiece which attaches to a plastic piece. When trying out the NUK, I noticed that some small residue was being trapped where these two pieces join, and it was very difficult to wash away. Also, I found that moisture and soap was getting trapped inside the silicone mouth piece of the MAM. Because the Soothies has no little “joints”, it is easier to wash and harder for bacteria to find a home.

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