How to care for your pacifier: The do’s and don’ts!
  • Do sterilize the pacifier by boiling it in water for 5 minutes before the first use – sparkling new and squeaky clean!
  • Do have identical back up pacifiers available.
Pacifiers have a way of getting lost or falling on the floor or street when you need them most! Having spares will also allow enough time for cleaning your primary pacifier.
  • Do clean your baby’s pacifier frequently by washing with hot soapy water, rinsing in clean water and then allowing it to air dry
(Additional boiling is required if your baby has oral thrush).
  • Do rinse your baby’s pacifier after it drops onto the floor to decrease the risk of exposure to germs.
  • Do discontinue pacifier use well before the age of 5 years, as it may cause problems for the development of teeth after this stage.
  • Don’t leave the pacifier in direct sunlight or near a source of heat for extended periods of time, as this may weaken the teat. This goes for leaving it immersed in disinfectant or sterilizing solution for a longer time than recommended as well.
  • Don’t dip the teat into sweet substances or medication, as this may cause tooth decay and material damage to the pacifier itself too.
  • Don't keep trying to plug your baby’s cries with a pacifier if he or she doesn’t want it – try other calming methods instead.
  • Don’t allow your older baby to have a pacifier all day long, as this may interfere with speech developments and can increase the risk of middle ear infections.
  • Don’t attempt to “clean” your baby’s pacifier by putting it into your own mouth first; this will spread bacteria from your mouth into your baby’s mouth – yuck!