When I was 22, I was newly engaged and babysitting for a 1 and 4-year-old one day a week. One day while I was there the regular babysitter came by to drop off some infant pacifiers. She was sewing new pacifiers onto Wubanubs (pacifiers with stuffed animals attached). I was very confused why she needed to do this, but at that point, I knew nothing about babies. She replied, “well the pacifiers need to be replaced and they didn’t need to replace the stuffed animals, just the pacifiers!”
My 22-year-old self had no idea that pacifiers needed to be replaced. Why on earth would you need to replace something that is constantly in a baby’s mouth and falls onto the dirty floor 18 times a day?
1. Wear and Tear: If your baby is using a pacifier for long periods of time each day it’s going to get worn out. Like anything that gets used frequently, they need to be replaced to work properly! Especially once teething begins, babies will easily chew their way through those pacifiers!
2. Hygiene: Like mentioned, an item that is touching multiple surfaces and hands and then put into your child’s mouth is a little yucky. Using the same pacifier for months just isn’t safe for baby!
The ingy bingy band is a great way to minimize a pacifier’s exposure to dirt and germs. This pacifier wristband velcros around baby’s wrist to help them self-soothe from as early as 4 months! This pacifier bracelet saves you time and frustration because you won’t be constantly looking for it and cleaning it when the infant pacifier keeps falling out!
How often should you replace your pacifiers?
My pre-motherhood self probably would have guessed 2-3 times a year. The packaging on each pacifier will tell you how often to replace them. The standard life span of a pacifier is 4-6 weeks! I was absolutely shocked to find out that you need to replace pacifiers this regularly!
The good news is that the pacifier wristband works with any type of pacifier and they attach/detach to and from the pacifier wristband very easily! There’s no need to waste money on high-end pacifiers for no reason. Find a cost-effective pacifier that your baby likes and keep rotating them in and out of your ingy bingy band!
Keep Those Pacifiers Clean
While you are using your infant pacifier make sure to clean them regularly! When you take them out of the package it’s best to sterilize them before use to get rid of any bacteria. After that, make sure to keep cleaning your newborn pacifier daily! Run them through the dishwasher or use hot soapy water to clean them.
Kids get sick enough as it is, so you want to take sure you’re taking all the necessary precautions to keep them happy and healthy! Their immune system is very weak at this point so the more you can do to protect your little one the better!