Standing in line to pay for groceries and finally as you get to the cashier baby gets unsettled. Let’s be honest, that pacifier is calming you as much as it is calming your mini-me. This little accessory can be divisive. For those who choose to introduce it to baby, both pacifiers and teethers are useful tools for soothing, comforting, distracting, and even learning to regulate emotions. While it is true that one should avoid baby becoming overly dependant on them, they do have a place in your mommy arsenal. Conventional suckers and teethers can pose certain health risks and concerns so we’ve highlighted what to avoid and what to reach for instead.
Latex can cause allergic reactions that show up as eczema or hypersensitivity. Look for silicone made products as they are durable and more resistant to bacteria.
Check out LouLou Lollipop’s silicone teether for example. From lemons to llamas to rainbows, these little cuties are free of all the bad stuff and are super easy to clean (they’re even dishwasher and freezer safe). Avoid BPA’s, which can be hormonal disruptors, Phthalates, which can be endocrine disruptors, and PVC, which contains chemical additives that can pose numerous health concerns.
Natural rubber, on the other hand, comes from trees and is totally biodegradable. BIBS pacifiers, made of natural rubber, mimic the shape and softness of a breast and come in trendy retro colours.
Beechwood and maple are non-splintering woods, that when used in toys are chemical free, naturally antibacterial, shock resistant, and are treated with olive oil and beeswax for ultimate safety. Grimm’s hedgehog wooden teether and Canadian made Ringley’s organic terry teether are about as natural as they come. Don’t forget to pick up 1+In the Family’s pacifier holder so it’s clipped and handy for just when you need it.
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