are these safe?
Yes! This is such a great question because it's obviously the most important thing when it comes to choosing something to give to your baby.
These dummies are sent to testing facilities in Germany and have met all criteria for the (rigorous) EU safety standards, more formally known as EN 1400. This European Standard specifies safety requirement relates to things like the materials, construction and performance specifically for 'soothers for babies and young children', so you can be sure they're incredibly safe.
what's so special about these dummies?
The natural rubber shield means they're softer on your baby's delicate skin but tough enough to withstand chomping and biting. The natural rubber is biodegradable.
Each dummy is made from one single piece of rubber and because it's seamless it's super hygienic.
Unfortunately, all dummies you see with plastic shields and rubber teats will inevitably have a join. Joins make great breeding grounds for germs so we think it's a no brainer to avoid them.
is it good to give a dummy?
In a nutshell yes, to sooth your baby.
They're a lovely way of comforting your baby and can help take their mind of things to help them snooze more easily. Dummies have also been known to help reflux babies & we can vouch for this as our daughter had reflux and loved her dummy to help ease the nasty taste coming back up her throat.
do any official bodies recommend dummies?
Yes, some research suggests it is possible that using a dummy when putting a baby down to sleep could reduce the risk of sudden infant death. They don't know exactly why this is, yet. But it's good to know.
Here's a link to The Lullaby Trust's page so that you can swot up on this topic a bit more, they have really great advice about all things sleep
when should I give my baby a dummy?
This is a hard one. Official bodies like the NHS suggest that you wait until breastfeeding is established. That's great. But, if you're like we were and having a tough time breastfeeding in the early days (/ it doesn't work out at all) then any help is appreciated and personally, we found a dummy to be a real help.
We didn't feel it hindered any other development, like taking a bottle
is it OK to leave a dummy in overnight?
Yes you can leave a dummy in overnight! If it falls out, no need to put it back in
how many dummies do I need?
We sell our dummies in pairs because you need at least two. We leave one in the cot and one in the buggy or car (in a sanitised Tupperware pot, or whatever storage you're using for yours)
There's nothing worse than trying to find a dummy when you really need it.
is this a dummy or a pacifier?
Our American friends call a dummy a pacifier or a paci, in Australia it's referred to as a Binkie and we've also heard it called a soother! All the same thing though
how do we sanitise our dummies?1. boil the dummies for 5 minutes before using.
2. leave them to cool out of the water. Repeat step No 1.
3. give the teats a gentle squeeze afterwards to make sure there's no water in them.
Clean daily by washing it in mild liquid soap under running water — if it needs an extra deep clean then pop it in a sieve and and pour boiling water over it. Don’t boil it again.
We also use a brilliant, natural spray for sanitising on-the-go, Vital Baby Aquaint Sanitising Water. the 100% natural cleansing water kills 99.9% of bacteria in seconds & doesn't need to be rinsed before going in little mouths.