No matter what you call it, this comforting item will calm and settle your little one at night whether it is a soother, dummy, pacifier, comforter or binky.
Sucking is a natural reflex that babies use to feed themselves and comfort themselves. They may even start sucking their thumb in the womb. Although soothers are not a substitute for cuddles, comfort, and feeding when your baby is hungry, they are great for calming and settling them.
Offering your baby a soother at bedtime can be an additional way to comfort him/her in addition to cuddling, rocking, singing lullabies, and all the other things you do to get some sleep.
There are some studies that show that using a soother while your baby sleeps can mean a reduced risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). It’s not clear exactly why this is the case and there’s no need to give your baby a soother to prevent cot death, but it may make you feel a little less guilty if you choose to. At bedtime, a soother may assist your baby in falling asleep again. But equally you may find yourself being summoned when they lose it.
Do soothers damage baby’s teeth?
Many parents worry about the impact that soothers can have on their child’s teeth and mouth. Look for soothers designed to fit your baby’s mouth that have been approved by a dentist or orthodontic specialist.
Safety tips when using soothers
- Check your soother regularly and throw away at the first sign of wear
- Don’t dip soothers in anything sweet, including juice
- Keep soothers as clean as possible – sterilise them just as you would a bottle teat
- Choose BPA free soothers designed for your child’s age
- Won’t my baby become too attached to a comfort item or soother?
Parents sometimes worry that their children will become so attached to a baby comforter that they will become inconsolable without it. Losing that precious toy or blanky can then become a real source of stress.
If your child is particularly attached to a comfort item, it’s a good idea to keep another one in reserve. Or, if they’re attached to something larger, like a comfort blanket, you may be able to cut them into smaller pieces to have spares. Alternate the comforters so they are equally worn and pick up the same kind of smell. Over time, most children gradually wean themselves off their comfort object, with it becoming less important as they gain independence.
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Tommeetippee.com. 2021. Is It Okay For My Baby To Use A Comforter To Sleep | Tommee Tippee. [online] Available at: <https://www.tommeetippee.com/en-gb/parent-room/is-it-okay-for-my-child-to-use-a-comfort-object-to-get-to-sleep-at-night> [Accessed 7 October 2021].