I love summer! One of my favorite parts about summer is the lack of illnesses. Although we’ve still gotten a cold or two, the constant severe illnesses have subsided since the warm weather arrived.
The coughing, the snot, and the vomiting gets old very quickly. Is there anything we can do, as parents, to keep the illnesses at bay? This winter we tried to stay home as much as possible, but still caught strep throat from going to the grocery store!
You can only do so much to prevent illnesses for your babies and toddlers. They happen. It’s so hard for me to think this, but I’ve been trying to think of it as a good thing! Their immune system is getting built up so hopefully they will be healthier in the future!
One thing you can do to help prevent illness is sterilize your infant pacifiers and other baby products!
Most people forget that newborn pacifiers should be replaced every 4-6 weeks. Remember to sterilize them when you take them out of the package before your child uses them. This helps get rid of bacteria! After that, make sure to keep cleaning your infant pacifiers daily because the infant pacifier keeps falling out!
How to sterilize an infant pacifier:
- Wash thoroughly with hot soapy water.
- Run through the dishwasher: A dishwasher bottle basket is a great place to put a newborn pacifier to make sure it doesn’t get stuck under anything and can get cleaned properly.
After each wash remember to inspect each pacifier. If there are holes or signs of wear the infant pacifier should be replaced immediately.
One thing that will make sterilizing your newborn pacifiers easier is getting a pacifier accessory where the pacifier can come on and off easily.
Wubbanubs are adorable pacifier accessories. We used them with our first child, but cleaning them was a nightmare. The stuffed animal started smelling awful after handwashing it just a few times.
Most pacifier clips allow for infant pacifiers to be removed easily. However, you will want to sterilize your pacifier clips as well. This can cause wear on the pacifier clips which can further exacerbate the choking hazard of a pacifier clip.
I truly believe the Ingy Bingy Band is the safest pacifier accessory on the market. The Ingy Bingy Band is a great way to minimize an infant 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 newborn pacifier keeps falling out! You can take the pacifier on and off the pacifier bracelet in seconds making it easy to sterilize!
Motherhood is busy enough as it is so having a pacifier wristband that makes sterilizing newborn pacifiers quick and easy is wonderful! Kids get sick enough as it is so you want to make sure you’re taking all the necessary precautions to keep them happy and healthy!