Back when you and I were babies, there wasn’t much variety when it came to pacifiers. Nowadays, though, there’s just about any option you want to consider: orthodontically shaped ones that help tooth and jaw development, flavored ones that please the palate, color-coordinated passies that match outfits (don’t forget the matching pacifier clip!), and even models that automatically close when dropped (to control germs).
With all those choices, what’s a parent to do? Despite the many options in pacifiers in 2009, it still all comes down to one main factor: what does your baby like? Each baby has individual preferences and if they spit out the pacifier, it isn’t going to do much good, now, is it? Finding the perfect passie is going to take some trial and effort, and once you find it, take a tip from an experienced mom: buy lots of them! The last thing you need is to have a fussy baby and no pacifier in sight.
Did you know that pacifiers actually come in sizes? There’s one size for newborns, another for ages 6 to 18 months and one for babies older than 18 months. When selecting a pacifier, think of your baby’s safety, also. The best models are one piece, with the nipple and base firmly attached. If you get a pacifier with several parts, it could come apart and pose a choking hazard.