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HOW TO CHOOSE A PACIFIER

meal-bullet Material

Silicone
Transparent, fairly soft material
Odourless and tasteless
Long-lasting
Hard-wearing
Rubber
Rubber teats can be recognised by their brown colour
Very soft material
Ideal for newborns
Pleasant taste
Not as solid as silicone teats, so they have to be changed regularly

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Teats change as babies grow, to adapt to the shape of their mouth and particularly their palate. This is why it is highly recommended to use a pacifier suitable for the age of your baby.

Premature and newborn babies
0-4 months
Its small size is specialy designed not to hide the baby’s face.
1st stage
0-6 months
Its small size is suitable for the palate
and gums of the smalllest bables, so
it can be used from birth.
2nd stage
6-36 months
The teat is wider and respects the growth of your child’s palate, gums and teeth, it is reinforced so it can withstand bites from first teeth.

meal-bullet Types of pacifier

Cherry-shaped dummy
The cherry-shaped dummy is the most traditional teat shape and also the closest to the mother’s nipple. It can help with the transition from breastfeeding to bottle.
Physiological dummy
This resembles the mother’s nipple as closely as possible. It is designed to adapt to the shape of the palate and teeth. It has an asymmetrical teat:
– the rounded side fits the shape of the palatethe flat side helps the tongue get into the right position to promote swallowing.
Orthodontic dummy
Their symmetrical teat is designed to promote the natural growth of the palate. It is pratical and can be placed in the mouth either way up. The child can put the dummy in the mouth on its own from a very young age, as it can be inserted in any way.
Day dummy
Day dummies have an easy-to-hold ring so that your child’s dummy clip can be easily attached.
Night dummy
Night dummies have a rounded end so your baby is not injured during sleep.

LITTLE EXTRAS:

meal-bullet Pacifier clips: pacifiers can get lost! This very practical pacifier clip allows you to attach the pacifier to the baby’s clothes, so it no longer keeps falling on the floor!

meal-bullet The pacifier storage box: allows you to transport your child’s pacifier without it getting dirty.

meal-bullet You can buy phosphorescent pacifiers which glow for several hours, so your baby’s pacifier can be found easily during the night.

meal-bullet Teething rings allow Baby to bite and therefore massage painful gums during the different stages of teething. Some also act as learning toys and allow your baby to discover different shapes, textures, colors, and sounds. Others are filled with water or gel; these should be placed in the chiller for a few minutes (not in the freezer) and will then provide a soothing cool sensation.

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A BOTTLE CONSISTS OF…
bottle

meal-bullet A cap: this snaps onto the bottle to protect the teat, especially during transport.

meal-bullet A teat: this is the part which goes in your baby’s mouth.

meal-bullet A screw ring: this keeps the nipple on the bottle.

meal-bullet A container: for milk, water, or fruit juice. It has a wide or standard neck, is often graduated, and can be made of glass, plastic, or silicone.

meal-bullet + A flexible spout: this replaces the teat once your baby is ready to drink like a big child.

meal-bullet + Removable handles: these give your baby more autonomy when taking the bottle.

meal-bullet + A bottle brush: for optimum hygiene of the bottle and its teat.

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THE BOTTLE: SELECTION CRITERIA

Glass bottle

Advantages :
Remains transparent after many washes
Suitable for heat sterilisation

Disavantages :
Breakable, should be avoided once the baby is more autonomous

Plastic bottle

Advantages :
Light and unbreakable
Easy to hold
Suitable for haet and cold sterilisation

Disavantages :
Risk of opacity and scratches
Avoid very high temperatures.

Silicone bottle

Advantages :
Remains transparent even after many washes and sterilisations
Suitable for heat sterilisation. The silicone bottle reproduces the sesations of natural breastfeeding.

Capacity:

meal-bullet 50 ml (2 oz): ideal for taking medicine and vitamins.

meal-bullet 90 to 120 ml (3 to 4 oz): for the first few weeks, then for fruit juice and water.

meal-bullet 120 to 150 ml (4 to 5 oz): for the first few months, then for fruit juice and water.

meal-bullet 240 to 260 ml (8 to 9 oz): between 3 and 9 months.

meal-bullet 320 to 340 ml (11 to 12 oz): over 1 year.

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EXPERT TIP:

To get off to a good start, as soon as you get home from hospital, you will need:

meal-bullet 6 to 8 bottles of at least 240 ml (8 oz), complete, graduated to simplify dosage

meal-bullet 4 teats

meal-bullet 1 small bottle

meal-bullet 1 large bottle brush for cleaning the bottles

meal-bullet 1 small bottle brush for cleaning the teats

Before each use, check the resistance of the teat by pulling on it – particularly when the child gets its first teeth, as these can be particularly sharp. Silicone teats tend to crack after too many sterilizations; rubber teats can become soft due to sterilization.

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THE TEAT: SELECTION CRITERIA
Latex teat

Advantages :
Flexible and pleasant for your baby
Bite-resistant
Natural origin Baby gets less tired while feeding

Disavantages :
Ages more quickly depending on frequency of use and means of sterilisation

Silicone teat

Advantages :
Very close to the physiology of the mother’s breast
Recommended teat following on from breastfeeding

Disavantages :
Less flexible than latex
Less bite-resistant

Shapes:

meal-bullet Classic: cherry-shaped, with small holes whose number depends on the age and needs of the child.

meal-bullet Physiological: flat-shaped, reproducing the physiological shape of the mother’s breast for correct development of the baby’s mouth cavity.

meal-bullet Anti-colic: has a valve which regulates the intake of air and the flow of milk.

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HOW TO USE THE BOTTLE
meal-bullet How to heat the bottle

Heat the bottle using a bottle-heater – it’s simple! Bottle heaters are very useful, as they allow you to heat bottles very quickly and transport them at the ideal temperature. It can also be used to heat small food pots when Baby is bigger.

Expert tip! After heating Baby’s bottle, always check its temperature by pouring a few drops of milk onto the inside of your wrist (an area where the skin is very sensitive, unlike the back of your hand).

ATTENTION: TO AVOID THE RISK OF BURNING, NEVER HEAT THE BOTTLE IN THE MICROWAVE.

meal-bullet How to sterilize bottles

First, you need to clean the bottle, ring, and teat meticulously with the bottle brush, hot water, and dish soap to remove any traces of milk. Then, rinse well before using the bottle sterilizer. Screw rings and teats must be fitted together before sterilization to avoid having to handle them afterwards.

You can heat sterilize using an electric steam sterilizer or a microwave sterilizer. The alternative when you are traveling is cold sterilization: the bottles are plunged into a container of water to which sterilization tablets have been added.