Babies have a basic need to suck. It soothes, can relieve toothache, and helps them fall asleep. This means that using a pacifier hygienically is extremely important to keeping your child healthy. Find out here whether it’s really true that you should never lick pacifiers and how often they need to be sterilized!
Pacifiers should be sterilized before you first use them. To sterilize a pacifier, either boil it in a pot with sufficient water for 5 minutes or soak it in a mixture of water and sterilizing fluid.
If using a sterilizing solution, the pacifier should not be left in for longer than recommended, as this may damage the material. The ventilation hole is also very important: it allows the teat to be compressed in the mouth so that it can adapt to the palate, which is crucial in order for the jaw and mouth to develop properly.
There are several ways to ensure germs are completely removed from a pacifier:
During the current COVID-19 crisis, we recommend establishing a higher than usual hygienic standard for baby products. It is advisable to sterilize bottles, teats, and pacifiers before each use. The best way for sterilizing our products is in the microwave, using the self-sterilizing function of the MAM Easy StartTM Anti-Colic bottle and of the practical sterilizer box of our pacifiers. This is fast and uses much less energy compared to boiling. Following this process doesn’t only kill bacteria, but it most probably also reduces or kills viruses like the COVID-19.
Recommendations from official bodies can change and vary from country to country, but in general the following is recommended:
Sterilize pacifiers until your child is 6 to 9 months old
If parents lick pacifiers to try and clean them, caries bacteria and other germs can be transmitted to the child. It is therefore recommended not to lick pacifiers.