Tips for Choosing the perfect Pacifier and Bonding With your Baby is a sponsored post
I've been there, too: a first-time parent with a six-month-old baby cemented to my hip. I refer to that period of my son's life as “baby limbo” when he was unable to sit up by himself much less participate in any organized program, and he and I were essentially “stuck” in the house.
Each day was just a long continuation of the previous one: feedings, diaper changings, short cat naps, and I felt like the walls were slowly closing in on me. Taking him anywhere seemed like more trouble than it was worth!
So I hunkered down, watched way too many talk shows and patiently counted down the hours until my husband came home from work to enjoy some adult conversation, which was really more like him watching “Seinfeld” reruns and nodding, while I poured my heart out to him about my feelings of isolation and general boredom with what I thought “or was told” were supposed to be the most blissful months of my life with my precious baby boy.
I needed to find ways to bond with my baby! If you're reading this and thinking, these sentiments are echoing my inner dialogue, you'll be happy to know there are fairly inexpensive ways to help parents and their lil’ ones get out of the house, taking part in activities designed specifically with their baby in mind. Just because you have an infant doesn't mean you have to wait until he's walking to finally leave the house!!
But before you even think about leaving the house you will need to make sure you have the right pacifier! WHY?
Because a baby who is content is a baby who is much more enjoyable to be around. And the right pacifier will be your baby’s BFF when you have exhausted all your means of keeping your baby content. Whether it’s silly faces, singing songs, making up voices—nothing can soothe a cranky baby quicker than the right pacifier!
Keep reading for Tips for Choosing the perfect Pacifier and Bonding With your Baby
Tips for Choosing the perfect Pacifier
Whether you call it a paci, binky nuk or dummy-a pacifier is a great way to satisfy your baby’s natural proclivity to suckle and this can relax both baby and mom.
A baby’s sucking reflex is optimal during the second to the fourth month old so this is a good time to present them with the pacifier. If they suck on their thumb, blankets or an empty bottle it is the right time to introduce a pacifier.
When is your baby Ready for a Pacifier:
If you breast feed you might have to wait till the baby has gotten accustomed to the breast which is usually after 6 weeks or when the routine has been established. If you are bottle feeding you could try as early as 10 days.
So once you know your baby is ready for a pacifier you will need to choose the right size for your baby’s age. Sizes range from 0-6 months, 6-18 months and over 18 months.
What to look for in the design of a pacifier?
One piece pacifiers are considered to be the safest and most hygienic type of pacifier. A soft and pliable nipple will usually feel right to the baby. You can get them made of latex or silicone but silicone does not retain odors and holds up well after cleaning. BPA free has been mandated since 2012.
The shield or guard should be at least 1.5 inches so it will not be able to be swallowed and have air holes to avoid moisture buildup and rashes.
A rounded or orthodontic flat shape is another consideration. The rounded shape may minimize nipple confusion. The orthodontic shape may put less pressure on developing teeth.
When you find a pacifier your baby likes, stock up on them so you have extra because they are always getting lost. You should consider replacing it when there are holes or tears, discoloration; it has been stretched out or a piece has become loose or jagged.
After doing research the Chicco PhysioForma pacifier seems like the frontrunner when it comes to giving your baby the ultimate pacifier.
Not only is Chicco PhysioForma pacifier orthodontic which helps in the proper development of baby’s palate and teeth, but it also actively supports baby’s breathing. Chicco was awarded the 2019 Mom’s Choice Gold Award, has the Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) seal ofapproval and is accepted by 9 out of 10 babies.
Some of The Chicco PhysioForma nipple features:
1) It is the first of its kind to actively support baby’s breathing by positioning the tongue forward to maintain an open airway and support baby’s physiological breathing. It improves the quality of sleep and reduces irritability–enhancing babies’ overall well-being!
2) It has a unique orthodontic nipple with an angle and lateral curve that evenly distributes tongue pressure across the palate to support oral development
3) Its one-piece soft silicone pacifier is BPA free and also adheres to the Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines for pacifier construction.
4) It includes a reusable sterilizing case that is microwavable
Chicco believes its PhysioForma pacifiers are the one to choose in this very important little item that could become your baby’s best friend in his or her first few months here. And we could not agree more!
And how do you make a pacifier even more appealing to your baby?
You combine the pacifier with a stuffed animal. Chicco has cute little pacifier loveys, called Pocket Buddies that hold the pacifier and babies will love.
And now for some Baby and Parent Bonding Tips
Take your BABY SWIMMING
A great way for parents to bond with their babies is to take a swimming class with their baby and help them acclimate to the water, improve their muscle tone, coordination and mobility.
What babies will go gaga for: Splashing around in the pool playing with kickboards and noodles.
Parent perks: Great bonding experience; parents can help build up their baby's confidence in the water, and socialize with other like-minded parents.
Baby and Parent Bonding Tips: Have a Dance Party
Put that baby in a carrier and turn up the volume and JUST dance!
Baby and Parent Bonding Tips: Take a walk and get your STROLLER on
Find a workout program for new parents which utilizes the stroller (while your baby is snug inside) as a fitness apparatus to get in shape.
What babies will go gaga for: Watching their parents move and strut right before their eyes. Parents will get a cardio workout without having to pay a sitter, or experience separation anxiety. Exercise that's good for you and your baby.
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