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Tommee Tippie Soothing Teethers.
Some people dont like the idea of giving their child a dummy or a soother as they are another habit to try and wean the child off of. My personal opinion is that if it is going to comfort the child and keep them from crying more often then it is a good idea to use them.
I have had soothers for Jack since he was born and he seems to really like them (possibly a little too much). The health visitor also said she agrees with giving them to a child as apparently the sucking action releases endorphins that help make for a happy contented child. Also she said that it is far better to have them sucking a dummy than sucking their thumb as a dummy can be disposed of but of course it is much harder to try to get a child to stop sucking their thumb!
So after having a look at a few different soothers and also trying out the smaller new born ones and finding that Jack didnt seem to get on with the flatness of these we went for the next ones up that are these 0-6months clear shield soothers. They have an orthodontic shape teat and are made from silicone. They come in packets of two and cost around £3.50p.
To look at they are pretty much what you would expect from the name. They are a clear plastic soother with a moveable handle that is perhaps a little too loose at times and often makes a clicking noise as the handle slaps against the plastic of the dummy. The teat is a good size with a small length then a flatish ball at the end. This seemed to be a good shape for Jack as it wasnt forever falling out of his mouth like the new born dummys were.
Of course the back of the packet will always state that you need to change the soothers every month for hygiene reasons but I think this is a little to short a period and the manufacturers are really just after you handing over money more frequently. As long as the dummy is sterilised regularly and there are no perforations in the teat then the dummy is good for a while longer then the recommended time frame.
The teat can collect small bits of water inside after washing and sterilising and this needs to be squeezed out with teat tongs so as not to make the dummy un-sterile. But I think you can go a bit over board with all this sterilising and worry too much about germs that of course a few will help to build the childs immune system. As long as things are clean to a good standard you really neednt go over board.
Well what more can be said about such a simple product as a clear dummy. It is a reasonable price for the two. Lasts around a month. Easy to clean and sterilise and my child loves the shape of the teat. 10/10 for this great item.