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I have already wrote a review on the avent soothers that my daughter uses, and which were the only brand that I originally bought as her bottles were from the Philips Avent range and I thought it best to keep to same. However, somewhere and somehow I have managed to misplace one of the avent soothers, and was about to purchase another, when I late baby present arrived, in which was a pack of these Mini Mam Orthodontic soothers, which I have seen retail online for just over £3 for two in the pack.
Since I was about to go about purchase more avent soothers, I decided to see whether my daughter would take to these before buying the original kind. I had nothing to loose as I didn't buy them.
These mini mam soothers are suitable from birth and are made from natural rubber latex. These two soothers seem to come in a variety of colours, although my two are pink and white. The design of the soothers is quite attractive and in my daughter;s case, very girly, however I didn't particularly like the look of the teat, as firstly it looked a lot smaller than the avent one and secondly it looked cheap looking. That may sound daft, but it was my initial thoughts.
This orthodontic soother, has been designed by Mam so that it will not damage the developing palate or teeth. The design of the soother allows ventilation holes around the mouth, so baby's skin won't get irritated, which in my opinion is a good idea. According to the information that comes with the soothers, this product also offers a 'contoured shield' aimed at maximum comfort so it should 'fit baby's mouth perfectly'. The teat is supposedly a 'soft, ventilated resilient orthodontic teat' to fit in with baby's natural sucking action. At the front of the soother, there is what looks like a button and this is meant to have been designed in such a way that it is comfortable for your baby in 'any sleeping position'.
The first problem that I encountered with these soothers was that they were a little too small for my emmay soother holder clip meaning that everytime the soother fell out of my daughter's mouth, it dropped to the floor and then had to be sterilised again. Secondly, although my daughter started sucking when I gave her this soother, which seemed to suggest that she took it well enough and didn't notice or mind the different type of soother, she didn't seem to be able to suck it as well, as it seemed to keep falling out, if anything it seemed a little too small for my daughter;s mouth that she couldn't get a good grip on it, as opposed to her not taking to it. There doesn;t seem to be that problem with the avent soother, which she gets a good grip of and can suck and suck at. I therefore keep these as spare when her main avent soother falls on the ground and needs sterilised.
All in all, although these soothers may have orthodontic benefits and have some good design qualities, in my view, they are not as good as the avent soothers, well certainly for my daughter. They seem a little small for her to properly suck and therefore come out, and when they do not come with a protective cover to keep them clean when not in use, you could find yourself continually sterilising these. Alright as a back up but that's about it!